Hospice trains new volunteers

Hospice of Homer recently completed our annual volunteer training. Hospice trained 13 enthusiastic community members who are now ready to provide compassion in action to area families, friends and neighbors through the HOH End of Life Program and the HOH Volunteer Visitor Program. These volunteers offer their time, hearts and skills to be of service through hospice to our community. What a pleasure it is to have such volunteers. Thank you, volunteers. 

I also would like to thank the generous people and organizations who made the Hospice of Homer volunteer training possible: 

• Guest speakers — Claudia Caffee-DeLapp, Charlie Gibson, Jeanne Manson, Pam Breckenridge, Ruth Babcock, Mary Fries, Kathy Carssow, Marilyn McKay, Greta Mahowald, BJ Elder, Bob Redmond, Donna Beran, Rob Downey, Carol Dee, Pat D’Aoust, Susie Alward,  Chuck Giza, Fran Colombo, Michelle Mission, Karen Northrup, Susan Bunting, Marilyn Shroyer and Amy Rattenbury;

• Finger print expert —  Wayne Stanley; and

• Actors — Carol Dee, Greg Fries, Dixie Hart, Jeanne Manson, Mary Griffith and Jen Castellani.

Also, thanks to Safeway and Two Sisters for the treats. 

Community members are invited to visit the new Hospice of Homer home at 265 E. Pioneer Ave., Suite 3. Hospice is located in the lower level, at the back of the building, where there is parking. Celebrate with us this healing,  wonderful new space where we can provide support to those who are facing challenging times in their lives. 

Hospice provides free of charge services — end of life, volunteer visitor, bereavement, equipment loan — to residents of the southern Kenai Peninsula. If you want to get your name on the list for next year’s volunteer training, want to make a financial donation to hospice or learn more about the services HOH offers, give hospice a call at 235-6899. 

Darlene Hilderbrand, executive director 

Hospice of Homer