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Hospice of Michigan Seeking Volunteers in Gaylord

Not-for-profit needs individuals to help families in communities throughout Gaylord, Grayling, Lewiston, Boyne City, Elmira, Vanderbilt and Mancelona

 GAYLORD, Mich. (May 18, 2022)Hospice of Michigan is seeking compassionate volunteers to help patients and families dealing with life-limiting illnesses in communities throughout Gaylord, Grayling, Lewiston, Boyne City, Elmira, Vanderbilt and Mancelona.

The not-for-profit specifically needs individuals to provide companionship and caregiver relief visits for patients and their families. Companionship volunteers visit patients living at home or in a facility setting, while caregiver relief volunteers keep patients company for a few hours to allow caregivers time to get away and recharge.

“The role of a hospice volunteer is critical for our patients and their families,” said Kathy Lietaert, Hospice of Michigan volunteer program manager. “Making a real difference in the lives of others is easier than one might think. If you or someone you know is seeking an opportunity to give back and connect to others in the community – please consider becoming a hospice volunteer.”

Hospice of Michigan volunteers are vital in helping to deliver exceptional, compassionate support to patients and families according to its mission of caring for patients wherever they call home, right in the same community in which its volunteers live.

 Hospice of Michigan will host orientations on an as-needed basis, so prospective volunteers can learn on their own time. Volunteers do not need any type of training or previous volunteer experience. The not-for-profit welcomes everyone who would like to give back to their community by donating their time and companionship to patients in hospice care. Volunteers must be age 18 or older and have received the COVID-19 vaccine.

For those who have experienced a loss, Hospice of Michigan encourages a waiting period of one year before becoming a hospice volunteer to allow for the processing of grief.

 Those interested in volunteering can contact Kathy Lietaert at 231-779-5409 or klietaer@hom.org to apply. To learn more about Hospice of Michigan and apply to become a volunteer, visit hom.org/get-involved.

Hospice of Michigan Seeking Volunteers in Detroit

Not-for-profit needs individuals to help families through companionship, caregiver relief, veteran, musician, pet volunteer and licensed cosmetologist visits

 DETROIT (May 19, 2022)Hospice of Michigan is seeking compassionate volunteers to help patients and families dealing with life-limiting illnesses in communities in and around the city of Detroit.

Hospice of Michigan has a specific need for volunteers who can make a real difference in the lives of other, including:

  • Companionship volunteers to visit patients living at home or in a facility setting,
  • Caregiver relief volunteers to allow a caregiver to get away for a few hours and recharge,
  • Those with musical talents to entertain patients in a facility or home setting,
  • Veterans to visit with patients who are fellow veterans,
  • Licensed cosmetologists and barbers to provide haircuts for patients at their residence, whether at home or in a facility,
  • Pet owners to bring their pets to patient’s home or facilities to brighten the day of a fellow pet lover.

“Hospice volunteers are special people who prioritize the needs of those nearing end-of-life, offering their time and talents to improve patients’ quality of life,” said Alana Knoppow, southeast Michigan volunteer program manager at Hospice of Michigan. “Right now, there is a desperate need in and around the city of Detroit. Hospice of Michigan asks that if you or someone you know can offer companionship and care to our patients – please consider becoming a hospice volunteer.”

Hospice of Michigan volunteers are vital in helping deliver exceptional, compassionate support to patients and families according to its mission of caring for patients wherever they call home, right in the same community in which its volunteers live.

 Hospice of Michigan will host orientations on an as-needed basis, so prospective volunteers can learn on their own time. Volunteers do not need any type of training or previous volunteer experience. The not-for-profit welcomes everyone who would like to give back to their community by donating their time and companionship to patients in hospice care. Volunteers must be age 18 or older and have received the COVID-19 vaccine.

For those who have experienced a recent loss, Hospice of Michigan requires a waiting period of one year before becoming a hospice volunteer to allow for the processing of grief.

 Those interested in volunteering can contact Alana Knoppow at 248-303-6818 or aknoppow@hom.org to apply. To learn more about Hospice of Michigan and apply to become a volunteer, visit hom.org/get-involved.

Hospice of Michigan’s Spring Grief Support Series Offers Virtual and In-Person Groups

Sessions will provide support and guidance to those experiencing grief and loss

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (May 3, 2022) – Hospice of Michigan (HOM) is continuing to offer statewide grief support groups throughout the spring for community members experiencing the loss of a loved one. The ongoing sessions offer individuals the choice of in-person, virtual or hybrid meetings, depending on their comfort level and preferences.

For more information on individual groups, please visit Hospice of Michigan’s Virtual Touch Programs. The following grief support events are scheduled to take place:

In-Person Groups

  • Third Tuesday of the month | 1-2:30 p.m.
    • Location: Eton Senior Recreation Center – 4900 Pardee Ave. in Dearborn Heights
    • RSVP with Jackie Morris at 313-578-6328 | jmorris@hom.org

 

  • Second Friday of the month | 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
    • Location: Woodhaven Community Center – 23101 Hall Rd. in Woodhaven
    • RSVP with Jackie Morris at 313-578-6328 | jmorris@hom.org

 

  • Third Friday of the month | 10:30-11:30 a.m.
    • Location: Royal Oak Senior Center – 3500 Marais Ave. in Royal Oak
    • RSVP with Cynthia Palmer at 248-334-1323 | cpalmer@hom.org

 

In-Person Groups with Virtual Option (Zoom)

  • First Tuesday of the month | 6-7m.
  • Location: Hospice of Michigan, 43097 Woodward Ave. in Bloomfield Hills / Zoom
  • RSVP with Cynthia Palmer at 248-334-1323 | cpalmer@hom.org

 

  • Second Tuesday of the month | 6:30-7:30m.
  • Location: Hospice of Michigan, 400 Perry Ave. in Big Rapids / Zoom
  • RSVP with David Keller at 231-527-0913 | dkeller@hom.org

 

Virtual only (Zoom)

  • First and third Thursday of the month | 1:30-3m.
  • RSVP with Jackie Morris at 313-578-6328 | jmorris@hom.org
    • First Friday of the month | 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • RSVP with Cynthia Palmer at 248-334-1323 | cpalmer@hom.org
    • Second Wednesday of the month | 1-2:30 p.m.
  • RSVP with Will Gasper at 231-444-3350 | wgasper@hom.org

 

Living On – Young Adults (virtual only)

An open, ongoing, monthly group for people in their 20s and 30s. Facilitated by Hospice of Michigan grief counselors.

  • First Monday of the month | 6-7:15m.

 

Living On – Young Adults Coffee Hour (virtual only)

For participants of Living On – Young Adults, gather virtually with others in their 20s-30s who are also working their way through grief. Casual, open, and supportive. Bringing coffee, tea, breakfast, etc. is encouraged. Registration is required. Facilitated by Hospice of Michigan Grief Counselors.

  • Third Saturday of the month | 10-11 a.m.

 

Living On – Adult Loss of Parent (virtual only)

An open, ongoing, bi-monthly group for people who have lost a parent.

  • Fourth Tuesday of the month | 6:30-7:30m.
  • Second Wednesday of the month | 6:30-7:30m.
  • RSVP with David Keller at 231-527-0913 | dkeller@hom.org

 

Living On – Loss of Adult Child (virtual only)

An open, ongoing, monthly group for those who have lost an adult child where grief and loss topics are addressed as they arise, depending on the interests of those attending the group.

  • Second Thursday of the month | 10:30-11:45 a.m.
  • RSVP with David Keller at 231-527-0913 | dkeller@hom.org

Living On – Loss from COVID (virtual only)

A support group for people who have experienced a death of a loved one from COVID-19. This group meets monthly to discuss topics of grief and loss. Facilitated by Hospice of Michigan grief counselors.

  • Third Wednesday of the month | 6-7:15m.
  • RSVP with Jackie Morris at 313-578-6328 | jmorris@hom.org

Living On – Loss of Spouse or Partner (virtual only)

Come and share, or simply listen, as the group discusses the various intricacies and many facets of grief after the loss of a spouse/partner.

  • Fourth Tuesday of the month | 6-7:15m.
  • RSVP with Stacy Malenfant at 989-358-4295 | smalenfa@hom.org or with Kjirsten Boeve at 231-929-1557 | kboeve@hom.org

 

Men Overcoming Loss – General (virtual only)

An online support group for men dealing with the death of a loved one.

  • First Tuesday of the month | 6-7:30m.
  • RSVP with Will Gasper at 231-444-3350 | wgasper@hom.org

Men Overcoming Loss – Grieving Dads (in-person or virtual)

An online support group for dads dealing with the death of a child. In-person groups gather at the Hospice of Michigan office located at 400 Perry Ave. in Big Rapids.

  • First Wednesday of the month | 6:30-7:30m.
  • RSVP with David Keller at 231-527-0913 | dkeller@hom.org

Men Overcoming Loss – Partner/Spouse (in-person or virtual)

An online support group for men dealing with the death of a partner or spouse. In-person groups gather at the Hospice of Michigan office located at 39531 Garfield Rd. in Clinton Twp.

  • Third Tuesday of the month | 6-7:30m.
  • RSVP with Wes Lawton at 586-263-8514 | wlawton@hom.org

Grief After Dementia – Caregiver Support Group (virtual only)

For anyone who has lost someone to Alzheimer’s Disease or other type of dementia. In partnership with Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Chapter.

  • Second Tuesday of the month | 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Loss of Spouse/Partner with Ron Gries, Author of “Through Death to Life” (in-person only)

Hear Ron’s authentic and hopeful story of living through his wife’s illness and death, and of his grieving

and healing. Ron will share excerpts of his book and discuss how writing helped him on his journey.

  • Tuesday, April 19 | 1-2:30 m.
  • Location: Elton Senior Recreation Center – 4900 Pardee Ave. in Dearborn Heights
  • RSVP with Jackie Morris at 313-578-6328 | jmorris@hom.org

Hope After Loss – Remembering Mothers and Fathers (Virtual Only)

Please join us for this special time as we remember our mothers, fathers or parent figures and discuss suggestions for self-care and strategies for coping through Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.

  • Thursday, May 5 | 6-7 m.
  • RSVP with Kjirsten Boeve at 231-929-1557 | kboeve@hom.org

Seminar – Grief 101 for Bereaved (virtual only)

This educational meeting provides attendees with important resources and information for those coping with the loss of a loved one. Grief 101 explores what is normal during the grief process, strategies for coping, suggestions for self-care and available community support. Registrations is required.

  • Thursday, May 12 | 2-3:15 p.m.

Series – Journey Through Grief

This series of weekly sessions offers insight and coping skills for adults grieving the death of a loved one. Practical handouts will be provided.

  • Every Thursday, May 19 – June 9 | 6-7:30 m.
  • Location: First Presbyterian Church of Warren – 3000 E 12 Mile Rd. in Warren
  • RSVP Wea Lawton at 586-263-8514 | wlawton@hom.org

Hope After Loss – It’s Okay to Take Care of Me

Grieving the loss of a loved one can be mentally, emotionally and physically draining. Join us as we discuss strategies for coping and techniques for self-care.

  • Thursday, June 16 | 1:30-3 m.
    • RSVP with Jackie Morris at 313-578-6328 | jmorris@hom.org

“Losing a loved one can make one feel overwhelmed and isolated,” said Karen Monts, grief support services director for Hospice of Michigan. “Hospice of Michigan’s grief support series includes a variety of sessions and formats – all facilitated by our expert grief support managers – offering education and comfort during one of life’s most difficult times.”

For more information on Hospice of Michigan’s virtual grief support groups across the state, please contact Karen Monts at kmonts@HOM.ORG or (313) 578-6326. You can also visit www.hom.org or call (888) 247-5701.

Hospice of Michigan Seeking Volunteers

Not-for-profit seeks individuals to help families in Alpena, Alcona, Montmorency and Presque Isle

 ALPENA, Mich. (April 12, 2022)Hospice of Michigan is seeking compassionate volunteers to help patients and families dealing with life-limiting illnesses in communities throughout Alpena, Alcona, Montmorency and Presque Isle counties. The not-for-profit specifically needs volunteers to provide companionship, support and bedside vigil to hospice patients.

Hospice of Michigan companionship and bedside volunteers donate their time to hospice patients by offering emotional support throughout their end-of-life journey, a friendly presence to keep them company and a listening ear in difficult times.

“What our companionship volunteers often find in their time spent with patients is that it’s a mutually beneficial relationship – both the patient and the volunteer enjoy the other’s company and build a unique and unexpected bond,” said Kathy Lietaert, Hospice of Michigan volunteer program manager. “If you’re someone with a big heart who is looking for a way to give back to your community, volunteering at Hospice of Michigan and providing companionship to patients is a truly rewarding way to donate your time.”

Hospice of Michigan will host orientations on an as-needed basis, so prospective volunteers can learn on their own time. Volunteers do not need any type of training or previous volunteer experience. The not-for-profit welcomes everyone who would like to give back to their community by donating their time and companionship to patients in hospice care.

 Those interested in volunteering can contact Kathy Lietaert at 231-779-5409 or klietaer@hom.org to register for training. To learn more about Hospice of Michigan and apply to become a volunteer, visit hom.org/get-involved.

Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice Celebrate the Impact of Hospice Volunteers During National Volunteer Week

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (April 8, 2022) – Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice, both members of the NorthStar Care Community, are celebrating its dedicated team of statewide volunteers during National Volunteer Week, April 17 – 23.

The not-for-profits rely on volunteers every day across the state to deliver compassionate care to patients during what is arguably the toughest time of their lives.

Hospice volunteers are courageous and compassionate. Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice are proud to celebrate those who generously give their time and talents to help others. While no two volunteers have the same experience, all volunteers offer countless benefits to the patients, families and not-for-profits they serve. Some examples of this include:

  • Listening to patients during companionship visits
  • Engaging with patients through musical talents
  • Providing moments of relief for caregivers and family members
  • Bringing joy to patients with fun and relaxing pet visits
  • Handwriting cards to remind patients they are not alone
  • Helping with office work to support the not-for-profits mission of Every Person, Every Time

“Volunteers are truly the backbone of our organization – selfless, caring people who want to make a difference in the lives of others,” said Alison Wagner, Director of Volunteer Services and Complementary Therapies for Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice. “While National Volunteer Week is a time to recognize those who donate their time, we appreciate our volunteers all year long. We thank every single one of our more than 500 dedicated volunteers across the state for their kindness and dedication.”

To learn more about becoming a volunteer with Hospice of Michigan, visit hom.org. To learn more about becoming a volunteer with Arbor Hospice, visit arborhospice.org. No special experience is required to volunteer. For those who have experienced a loss, the organizations encourage a waiting period of one year before becoming a hospice volunteer to allow for the processing of grief.

Hospice of Michigan Seeking Volunteers with Sewing Experience to Create Memory Bears for Grieving Families

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich., (March 16, 2022)Hospice of Michigan is currently seeking volunteers in Traverse City and surrounding communities with sewing experience to create ‘Memory Bears’ to help comfort families who have lost loved ones.

The Memory Bear program was created in June 2014 by the not-for-profit’s grief support services department to help bereaved Hospice of Michigan families capture and preserve aspects of their loved ones within one-of-a-kind stuffed animals. As the initiative continues to gain popularity among bereaved families, more volunteers are needed to meet sewing demands.

Memory Bears are approximately eight inches in height and made with compassion and love by skilled volunteers. Families are encouraged to bring clothing of a loved one for sewers to use in creating a commemorative teddy bear. Hospice of Michigan patient families may receive one uniquely designed memory bear per each family.

“After a loved one has passed, a Memory Bear can give families something tangible to remember the one they are grieving,” said Kjirsten Boeve, grief support services manager for Hospice of Michigan. “Oftentimes, Memory Bears can give families a keepsake that reminds them of their loved ones and brings back fond memories and a sense of comfort.”

For those who have experienced a loss, Hospice of Michigan encourages a waiting period of one year before becoming a hospice volunteer to allow for the processing of grief.

If you or someone you know is interested in donating time to the Memory Bear program, please contact Kjirsten Boeve at 231-929-1557 or kboeve@hom.org.

For more information about Hospice of Michigan, visit www.hom.org.

Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice Host 2nd Annual Camp Out for Pediatric Hospice Benefitting Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children

Kids camp out to raise money for pediatric hospice patients in tandem with Max’s Big Camp Out

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (March 21, 2022) – Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice are encouraging communities across Michigan to participate in the 2nd annual Camp Out for Pediatric Hospice, an event that raises money in support of pediatric hospice patients and their families. The event coincides with “Max’s Big Camp Out”, a fundraiser started in 2020 by Max, a 12-year-old in Great Britain who’s been camping out in his backyard for nearly two years raising money for his local hospice that cared for his sick neighbor.

Max’s act of kindness inspires people around the world, and on Saturday, March 26 he’s camping out again and asking children and adults to have their own camp out to raise money for their favorite charity for a second year in a row. That’s why Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice continue to follow Max’s lead each year by encouraging everyone across the state to participate in this fun, family-friendly event.

“We’re continually amazed by the compassion and ingenuity of children. The inception of this annual fundraiser is all thanks to a child who felt compelled to support his neighbor in hospice care,” said Kim Streich, philanthropy manager for Hospice of Michigan. “The domino effect of his act of kindness has sparked a wonderful yearly event where individuals and families come together to support and raise money for pediatric hospice patients.”

To make each child’s camp out memorable, registered participants will receive a link to participate in a variety of activities, including story time with Cinderella, art projects, a sing-along and one lucky participant will receive four tickets to their choice of experience at either SEA LIFE Aquarium or LEGOLAND Discovery Center of Michigan.

All proceeds raised during Camp Out for Pediatric Hospice benefit Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children, the country’s only statewide pediatric hospice program. Last year, the event and its participants raised $30,000 for pediatric hospice patients.

Additionally, a small group of current pediatric patients and bereaved families working with Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children will receive activity kits courtesy of A Kid Again, an organization that provides hope, happiness and healing for children with life-threatening conditions.

Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice rely on the generosity of supporters in order to continue providing the very best end-of-life care for anyone who needs it – regardless of their age, diagnosis or ability to pay.

To learn more about Camp Out for Pediatric Hospice including registration and donation information, visit hom.org or arborhospice.org.

NorthStar Care Community Welcomes Mary Krzystowczyk as Nurse Practitioner in Traverse City

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (March 3, 2022) Hospice of Michigan, a member of the NorthStar Care Community, announces Mary Krzystowczyk as a palliative care nurse practitioner for the Northstar Palliative Care program in Traverse City. In her new role, Krzystowczyk will help patients and families facing potentially life-limiting disease navigate their healthcare resources and facilitate discussions on goals of care.

Krzystowczyk has nearly a decade of nursing experience. Prior to joining the organization, she worked as a nurse practitioner for Signify Health in Colorado and Michigan.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in nursing at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan and a Master of Science in nursing with a focus in primary care adult-gerontology from Spring Arbor University in Spring Arbor, Michigan.

Krzystowczyk recently moved back to Traverse City after living in Colorado for two years. She and her husband enjoy hiking and camping with their dog, Remi.

NorthStar Palliative Care is available for adults facing serious illness who have difficulty leaving the home for care. The expert team works with the patient and their caregivers to relieve pain and other symptoms.

Hospice of Michigan to Hold Dance-Off Fundraiser with Sunny 97.3

Sumo wrestler, unicorn, tyrannosaurus rex and hippo ballerina raise funds  to support the not-for-profit’s programs and services

WHAT:          The community is invited to join Hospice of Michigan (HOM) and Sunny 97.3 for the first-ever Hospice of Michigan Dance-Off fundraiser.

Proceeds raised during the dance-off support HOM’s services that aren’t covered by the reimbursement or insurance – grief support, pediatric care, open access/charity care, and the Quality of Life Fund. These essential services are fully-funded by the generosity of donors.

HOM team members will dance for votes and donations while in their inflatable costume of choice, including:

  • Sumo wrestler
  • Unicorn
  • Tyrannosaurus rex
  • Hippo ballerina
  • And more

To donate and vote for a dancer, visit this link any time before, during or after the dance-off.

For more information about the HOM Dance-Off, contact Cassandra Haner at chaner@hom.org.

WHO:            Cassandra Haner, Hospice of Michigan market advisor – Big Rapids / Sumo wrestler

Elizabeth Rocha, associate vice president and chief clinical officer / Unicorn

Danielle Knight RN, OM, operations manager / Tyrannosaurus rex

Michelle Gallagher, philanthropy manager / Hippo ballerina

WHEN:          Friday, March 18 – Noon

WHERE:        Outside the Sunny 97.3 FM office

106 N. Michigan Ave., Big Rapids, MI 49307

RSVP:             If you’re interested in covering this event, please contact Tracy Wolf at 586-668-7050 or wolf@franco.com to confirm your attendance.

 

Lora Parisien Joins NorthStar Care Community as Marketing and Communications Manager

Parisien to help manage internal and external communications for Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (Feb.17, 2022) NorthStar Care Community hired Lora Parisien as its new marketing and communications manager. Parisien is responsible for managing the implementation of internal and external communications, promotions, new product/service communications, advertising, website development, brand image and awareness, and public and media relations for NorthStar Care Community which includes Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice.

Parisien reports to Tracey Pierce, NorthStar Care Community’s director of marketing and communications.

“Lora brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that will help effectively communicate, educate and promote palliative care and hospice philosophies with our patients and their families, as well as community members throughout the state of Michigan,” said Pierce.

Prior to her new role with NorthStar Care Community, Parisien worked as a freelance communications and marketing specialist. She has also led communications efforts for the United States Peace Corps and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Parisien is also a certified cross-cultural and diversity trainer with experience in designing and delivering training programs that increase cultural competency, enhance employee performance and improve retention.

Parisien earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and English from Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Parisien also studied Arabic at the Bourguiba Institute of Modern Languages in Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa.

About NorthStar Care Community

NorthStar Care Community (NSCC) was created to preserve and promote the mission of nonprofit hospice and palliative care – to deliver expert, compassionate care to patients of any age, no matter their diagnoses, complexity of care, place of residence or ability to pay. NorthStar Care Community was formed in 2017 by two legacy nonprofit hospice agencies – Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice – and also includes NorthStar Palliative Care, the NorthStar Institute and Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children. As members of the NSCC family, the organizations combine operational resources in order to maximize support at each patient’s bedside, delivering the highest standards of care to those who are seriously ill. In total, NorthStar Care Community members serve 5,400 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information about NorthStar Care Community, 888-247-5701 or visit www.northstarcarecommunity.org.