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Hospice of Michigan Seeking Volunteers

Nonprofit in search of individuals to help families in Antrim, Charlevoix and Emmet counties

 CHARLEVOIX, Mich. (Oct. 26, 2021) – Are you somebody with a kind heart who loves to help people? If so, Hospice of Michigan is urgently seeking compassionate volunteers like you to help patients and families dealing with life-limiting illnesses in communities throughout Antrim, Emmet and Charlevoix counties. The not-for-profit specifically needs volunteers to provide companionship, caregiver relief, cosmetology services and write letters and cards for hospice patients at its Charlevoix service area.

Volunteers like East Jordan resident Don Folsom offer countless benefits to the patients and families they serve. Folsom is a veteran of the United States Marine Corp who has been volunteering in the Charlevoix and Gaylord communities since March 2019. He donates his time visiting with patients in their homes and at hospice facilities offering companionship and caregiver relief. Throughout the pandemic, Folsom has also partaken in several virtual veteran pinnings for patients. Hospice of Michigan is always in search of veteran volunteers to pair with their patients who have served.

“People need other people – it’s companionship,” said Folsom. “I think a lot of people would like volunteering if they just tried it once. You might be helping someone more than you know, just by visiting them or taking a couple minutes to send them some mail.”

 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.

“The relationships built through companionship volunteering are mutually beneficial to both patient and volunteer. There is a special kind of bond that forms between two people who otherwise may not have interacted,” said Kathy Lietaert, Hospice of Michigan volunteer program manager. “Volunteering at Hospice of Michigan to contribute towards a cause you truly believe in offers a wonderful sense of fulfillment and community.”

 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’s Series of Grief Support Groups Return with in-Person and Virtual Sessions

All sessions are open and available for anyone mourning the loss of a loved one

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (Sept. 13, 2021) – Hospice of Michigan (HOM) is returning with some face-to-face support groups along with virtual sessions throughout the fall for Michiganders 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.

With the return of some face-to-face opportunities, safety measures will be in place for all in-person group meetings. Hospice of Michigan will be following CDC guidelines in light of the continued spread of COVID-19 and its delta variant to ensure the health and wellness of all who attend and continue providing bereavement support to the communities safely. HOM will continually monitor this spread to shift in-person events to virtual if necessary and notify attendees of any changes prior to the event.

The ongoing sessions are highlighted by the Living On group series, where the focus is to express feelings and experiences related to the loss of a loved one in a supportive, caring, and non-judgmental environment. Grief and loss topics are addressed as they arise, depending on the interests of those attending the group.

The following grief support events are scheduled to take place:

In-Person Groups

  • 3rd 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

 

  • 2nd Wednesday of the month | 1-2 p.m.
    • Location: Hospice of Michigan, 932 N. Mitchell St. in Cadillac
    • RSVP with Will Gasper at 231-444-3350 | wgasper@hom.org

 

  • 1st Thursday of the month (starts in October) | 1-2 p.m.
    • Location: Hospice of Michigan, 989 Spaulding SE in Ada
    • RSVP with Carly Whetstone at 616-443-2581 | cwhetstone@hom.org

 

  • 3rd 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

 

Fly and Remember – Royal Oak & Ludington

Fly and Remember gives people a chance to recall a special time in their youth and honor a loved one

at the same time. Attendees will be provided kites and the materials needed to personalize and fly their

kite in memory or in honor of a loved one. This is a family-friendly memorial event open to all ages.

  • September 11 | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    • Royal Oak: Starr Jaycee Park, 1321 West 13 Mile Rd.
    • Ludington: Ludington Waterfront Park, 1300 S. William St.
    • Contact: Cindy Palmer: 248-334-1323 | cpalmer@hom.org

Men’s Grief Lunch Group

A meal-centered lunch group for men who have lost a spouse or partner. Facilitated by volunteer Larry Dugan.

  • 2nd Wednesday of the month | 1-2:30m.
  • Location: American Legion, 658 Michigan St. NE in Grand Rapids
  • RSVP with Carly Whetstone at 616-443-2581 | cwhetstone@hom.org

 

In-Person Groups with Virtual Option (Zoom)

  • 1st 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

 

  • 2nd 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)

  • 1st Wednesday of the month | 2-3:30m.
  • RSVP with Jackie Morris at 313-578-6328 | jmorris@hom.org

 

  • 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month | 1-2:30m.
  • RSVP with Jackie Morris at 313-578-6328 | jmorris@hom.org

 

Living On – Young Adults

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

  • 1st Monday of the month | 6-7:15m.

 

Living On – Loss from COVID

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

  • 3rd 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

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.

  • 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month | 2-3:15m.
  • RSVP with Kjirsten Boeve at 231-929-1557 | kboeve@hom.org

 

  • 4th Tuesday of the month | 6-7:15m.
  • RSVP with Stacy Malenfant at 989-358-4295 | smalenfa@hom.org

 

Living On – Adult Loss of Parent

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

  • 2nd Wednesday and 4th Tuesday of the month | 6:30-7:30m.
  • RSVP with David Keller at 231-527-0913 | dkeller@hom.org

 

Living On – Loss of Adult Child

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.

  • 2nd Thursday of the month | 10:30-11:45 a.m.
  • RSVP with David Keller at 231-527-0913 | dkeller@hom.org

Men Overcoming Loss

This online support group is for men who are dealing with the death of a loved one.

  • 1st Tuesday of the month | 6-7:30m.
  • 3rd Tuesday of the month | 6-7:15m.
  • RSVP with Will Gasper at 231-444-3350 | wgasper@hom.org

or Wes Lawton at 586-263-8514 | wlawton@hom.org

Grief After Dementia – Caregiver Support Group
For anyone who has lost someone to Alzheimer’s Disease or other type of dementia. In partnership with Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Chapter.

  • 2nd Tuesday of the month | 6:30-7:30 p.m.

 

Care Mapping Series
Who are your supports, what affects your mood, how can you best practice self-care while grieving? It
is not always easy to answer these questions, but using tools to help observe and visualize your supports and environment, Hospice of Michigan grief counselors will compassionately assist participants in answering them.

  • 4 Thursdays: Sept. 16 – Oct. 7 | 6-7 p.m.
    • Facilitated by Jen Norber and Karen Monts
    • RSVP with Karen Monts at 313-578-6326 | kmonts@hom.org

 

Loss of Spouse/Partner with Ron Gries, Author of “Through Death to Life”

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, Sept. 21 | 12-1m.
  • RSVP with Kjirsten Boeve at 231-929-1557 | kboeve@hom.org

 

“We are so pleased to announce the return of in-person sessions again this year with the flexibility of virtual and hybrid sessions so that attendees can choose what works best for them in their time of grief,” said Karen Monts, grief support services director for Hospice of Michigan. “We look forward to continuing to provide these critical bereavement services to anybody who needs them.”

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 Granted Honors Status for Excellence in Care

Gaylord, Alpena and Southeast teams earn prestigious Hospice Honors award

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (Sept. 13, 2021) Hospice of Michigan (HOM) has been recognized for providing exemplary care to patients and families in several communities across Michigan through the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) survey. With their continued excellence in comfort care, HOM teams in Gaylord and Alpena earned Hospice Honors status for the fifth consecutive year and all four Southeast Michigan teams were recognized for the second year in a row.

Hospice Honors are based on results of the prestigious CAHPS survey, which polls patients and families. Issued across a variety of health care disciplines, the CAHPS survey measures many aspects of consumer satisfaction over a six-month period, including communication skills of providers and ease of access to health care services.

The Hospice Honors designation is a landmark compilation of hospices providing the best patient and caregiver experience. Established by HEALTHCAREfirst, this prestigious annual review recognizes hospices that continuously provide the highest level of quality as measured from the caregiver’s point of view.

All Hospice of Michigan families receive the evaluation highlighting 24 quality indicator measures following a loved one’s passing. In achieving Hospice Honors designation, the teams based in Gaylord, Alpena, Bloomfield Hills, Southfield, Macomb, and Dearborn received scores above the national average on more than 20 of the survey’s questions.

“Being recognized with Hospice Honors is a testament to the quality of comfort care we provide and affirms that we are achieving the excellence that we strive for,” said HOM President and CEO Bob Cahill. “I’m grateful to be part of a team that cares so deeply about service excellence in patient care, and we are all honored at Hospice of Michigan to be deemed worthy of this prestigious award by the patients and families in our communities that we serve.”

Hospice of Michigan Presents Hemingway-Inspired Evenings in Paris, Havana and Northern Michigan

Fundraisers in Traverse City and Alpena to benefit the not-for-profit’s Open Access Program

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (Aug. 26, 2021) – Tickets are on sale for Hospice of Michigan’s fall fundraiser, A Hemingway-Inspired Evening in Paris, Havana, and Northern Michigan. The not-for-profit will host two separate events, one in northwest Michigan and the other on the northeast side of the state. The Traverse City community can enjoy a night to remember filled with food, fun and cocktails on Friday, Sept. 24 at The City Opera House, while those in Alpena can experience the same on Saturday, Sept. 25 at The Besser Museum. Both fundraisers begin at 6 p.m.

The entertaining evenings of storytelling featuring renowned author Philip Greene and Michigan filmmaker Cat Muncey will benefit Hospice of Michigan’s Open Access Program. Greene will take participants at both events on a historical journey through the life of Ernest Hemingway centered around the cocktails that he was so fond of, and which often wove their way into his literary works. Additionally, Muncey will give participants a glimpse of her new documentary detailing her mother’s end-of-life journey supported by Hospice of Michigan. The Alpena event will host mixologists from Mockingbird Cocktails & Bartending.

“The amazing impact of this fundraiser on the lives of our community members is what makes it all worth it,” said Michelle Gallagher, Hospice of Michigan philanthropy manager. “Attendees will enjoy a night filled with fun, entertainment and Hemingway-inspired cocktails knowing that they’re supporting their community, giving back and making a significant impact.”

Traverse City tickets are $200 per person and can be purchased through the Traverse City Opera House. For more information, please contact Michelle Gallagher at mgallagh@HOM.ORG or 231-527-0927.

Alpena tickets are $100 and can be purchased at hom.org/hemingway. For more information, please contact Melissa McDonald at mmcdonald@hom.org or 989-358-4291.

Ticket price includes a strolling dinner and craft cocktails. The event is exclusive to those 21 and older, and attendees should dress in cocktail attire. All proceeds from the events will benefit Hospice of Michigan’s Open Access Program which ensures all who need end-of life care in northern Michigan and beyond have access to it, regardless of their age, diagnosis, or ability to pay.

A Hemingway-Inspired Evening in Paris, Havana and Northern Michigan is sponsored by 9&10 News, Fifth Third Bank, Besser, Alpena Alcona Credit Union and WTCM Radio.

Hospice of Michigan Presents A Hemingway-Inspired Evening in Paris, Havana, and Northern Michigan

Traverse City fundraiser will feature renowned author Philip Greene and local filmmaker Cat Muncey; proceeds to benefit the not-for-profit’s Open Access Program

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (Aug. 25, 2021) – Tickets are on sale for a night to remember filled with food, fun, and cocktails for a good cause. Join Hospice of Michigan for A Hemingway-Inspired Evening in Paris, Havana, and Northern Michigan at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 24 at the City Opera House. The entertaining evening of storytelling featuring renowned author Philip Greene and local filmmaker Cat Muncey will benefit Hospice of Michigan’s Open Access Program.

During the evening, Greene will take participants on a historical journey through the life of Ernest Hemingway centered around the cocktails that he was so fond of, and which often wove their way into his literary works. Additionally, Muncey will give participants a glimpse of her new documentary detailing her mother’s end-of-life journey supported by Hospice of Michigan.

“The amazing impact of this fundraiser on the lives of our community members is what makes it all worth it,” said Michelle Gallagher, Hospice of Michigan philanthropy manager. “Attendees can enjoy a night filled with fun, entertainment and Hemingway-inspired cocktails knowing that they’re supporting their community, giving back and making a significant impact.”

Tickets are available through Friday, Sept. 17 at http://www.cityoperahouse.org/node/396 for $200 per person. Ticket price includes a strolling dinner and craft cocktails. The event is exclusive to those 21 and older, and attendees should dress in cocktail attire. All proceeds from the event will benefit Hospice of Michigan’s Open Access Program which ensures all who need end-of life care in Northwest Michigan and beyond have access to it, regardless of their age, diagnosis, or ability to pay.

For more information, please visit https://www.hom.org/hemingway-traversecity/ or contact Michelle Gallagher at mgallagh@HOM.ORG or 231-527-0927.

A Hemingway-Inspired Evening in Paris, Havana and Northern Michigan is sponsored by Fifth Third Bank, 9&10 News and WTCM Radio.

Hospice of Michigan Presents Hemingway-Inspired Evenings in Paris, Havana and Northern Michigan

Fundraisers in Traverse City and Alpena to benefit the not-for-profit’s Open Access Program

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (Aug. 25, 2021) – Tickets are on sale for Hospice of Michigan’s fall fundraiser, A Hemingway-Inspired Evening in Paris, Havana, and Northern Michigan. The not-for-profit will host two separate events, one in northwest Michigan and the other on the northeast side of the state. The Traverse City community can enjoy a night to remember filled with food, fun and cocktails on Friday, Sept. 24 at The City Opera House, while those in Alpena can experience the same on Saturday, Sept. 25 at The Besser Museum. Both fundraisers begin at 6 p.m.

The entertaining evenings of storytelling featuring renowned author Philip Greene and Michigan filmmaker Cat Muncey will benefit Hospice of Michigan’s Open Access Program. Greene will take participants at both events on a historical journey through the life of Ernest Hemingway centered around the cocktails that he was so fond of, and which often wove their way into his literary works. Additionally, Muncey will give participants a glimpse of her new documentary detailing her mother’s end-of-life journey supported by Hospice of Michigan. The Alpena event will host mixologists from Mockingbird Cocktails & Bartending.

“The amazing impact of this fundraiser on the lives of our community members is what makes it all worth it,” said Michelle Gallagher, Hospice of Michigan philanthropy manager. “Attendees will enjoy a night filled with fun, entertainment and Hemingway-inspired cocktails knowing that they’re supporting their community, giving back and making a significant impact.”

Traverse City tickets are $200 per person and can be purchased through the Traverse City Opera House. For more information, please contact Michelle Gallagher at mgallagh@HOM.ORG or 231-527-0927.

Alpena tickets are $100 and be purchased at hom.org/hemingway. For more information, please contact Melissa McDonald at mmcdonald@hom.org or 989-358-4291.

Ticket price includes a strolling dinner and craft cocktails. The event is exclusive to those 21 and older, and attendees should dress in cocktail attire. All proceeds from the events will benefit Hospice of Michigan’s Open Access Program which ensures all who need end-of life care in northern Michigan and beyond have access to it, regardless of their age, diagnosis, or ability to pay.

A Hemingway-Inspired Evening in Paris, Havana and Northern Michigan is sponsored by 9&10 News, Fifth Third Bank, Besser, Alpena Alcona Credit Union and WTCM Radio.

Hospice of Michigan Presents A Hemingway-Inspired Evening in Paris, Havana, and Northern Michigan

Alpena fundraiser will feature renowned author Philip Greene and local filmmaker Cat Muncey; proceeds to benefit the not-for-profit’s Open Access Program

ALPENA, Mich. (Aug. 25, 2021) Tickets are on sale for a night to remember filled with food, fun, and cocktails for a good cause. Join Hospice of Michigan for A Hemingway-Inspired Evening in Paris, Havana, and Northern Michigan at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25 at the Besser Museum. The entertaining evening of storytelling featuring renowned author Philip Greene, local filmmaker Cat Muncey and the mixologists from The Mockingbird Cocktails & Bartending will benefit Hospice of Michigan’s Open Access Program.

During the evening, Greene will take participants on a historical journey through the life of Ernest Hemingway centered around the cocktails that he was so fond of, and which often wove their way into his literary works. Additionally, Muncey will give participants a glimpse of her new documentary detailing her mother’s end-of-life journey supported by Hospice of Michigan.

“It warms my heart to give people an opportunity to enjoy night of entertainment and cocktails for a wonderful cause,” said Melissa McDonald, philanthropy manager for Hospice of Michigan. “The proceeds will help make an amazing impact for those in need of end-of-life care in our community.”

Tickets are available through Friday, Sept. 17 at https://www.hom.org/hemingway-alpena/ for $100 per person. Ticket price includes a strolling dinner and craft cocktails created by the mixologists from The Mockingbird Cocktails & Bartending. The event is exclusive to those 21 and older, and attendees should dress in cocktail attire. All proceeds from the event benefit Hospice of Michigan’s Open Access Program which ensures all who need end-of life care in Northeast Michigan and beyond have access to it, regardless of their age, diagnosis, or ability to pay.

For more information, please visit https://www.hom.org/hemingway-alpena/ or contact Melissa McDonald at mmcdonald@hom.org or 989-358-4291.

A Hemingway-Inspired Evening in Paris, Havana and Northern Michigan is sponsored by Besser, 9&10 News and Alpena Alcona Credit Union.

 

Hospice Organizations to Hold 7th Annual We Remember Interfaith Memorial Service

Hospice Organizations to Hold 7th Annual We Remember Interfaith Memorial Service

Annual service to be held virtually, coordinated by local hospice organizations

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Aug. 16, 2021) –Processing grief and honoring loss are all part of the journey towards healing. Individuals from all belief systems are invited to take part in We Remember, the seventh annual community interfaith memorial, which will be held virtually from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 14. Attendees will have the opportunity to process the many forms of loss together through guided introspective reflection, meditation and prayer. The theme of this years’ memorial service is breath and light.

We Remember brings individuals and families of all faiths together for reflection and remembrance in a welcoming and inclusive space. The annual event will offer a live memorial service via Zoom with portions of the meditation recorded for later viewing. This experience will provide a virtual space to connect with other folks processing grief under the facilitation of bereavement counselors.

“It’s incredibly healing for people to be in a space that allows them to openly grieve together and connect by honoring their shared experience of loss,” said Kyle Kooyers, associate director of the Kaufman Interfaith Institute. “Thanks to the tireless efforts of our local hospice organizations that have continued to support this event, we’re coming together to share in our human experiences that transcend belief systems. All are welcome to attend and join us in a communal processing of loss.”

During the memorial service, representatives from the secular community, Bahá’í, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Indigenous, Islam and Jewish faiths will lead prayers, songs, reflections and readings. Attendees are encouraged to bring a candle to light in honor of their loved one.

This service is a time for people from all beliefs to talk about their losses and grief experiences in a safe and welcoming space. Those who have experienced losses of any kind are most welcome to attend.

To register, please visit www.gvsu.edu/interfaith/. Upon registration, attendees will receive a link to access the live memorial service via Zoom and the recording.

We Remember is collaboratively coordinated and supported by Center for Inquiry Michigan, Dominican Center at Marywood, Emmanuel Hospice, Faith Hospice, Islamic Center of West Michigan, Grace Hospice, Heartland Hospice, Hospice of Michigan, Kaufman Interfaith Institute, Kindred Hospice, Spectrum Health Hospice and The Grand Rapids Bahá’í Community.

Hospice of Michigan Receives $7,500 Grant From Charlevoix County Community Foundation

Funds provided from Community Priorities Cycle will benefit not-for-profit’s wE-Connect telehealth tool

CHARLEVOIX, Mich. (June 15, 2021) Hospice of Michigan, the state’s original and largest not-for-profit hospice provider, has received a $7,500 grant from the Charlevoix County Community Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to improving and enriching life for all who live in the Charlevoix County region. The grant is part of the Charlevoix County Community Foundation’s Community Priorities Cycle, which allows eligible nonprofit partners to apply for general financial support and funding – and will benefit Hospice of Michigan’s wE-Connect telehealth tool.

wE-Connect was launched in March 2020 as a direct response to the growing COVID-19 pandemic – eliminating any gaps in care due to visitor restrictions at hospitals, nursing homes and other care facilities. The virtual wE-Connect program allows caregivers to facilitate video visits between patients and their loved ones on tablets equipped with existing data plans – ensuring access to Hospice of Michigan’s care to anyone who needs it, without the added barrier of limited internet availability. Although wE-Connect does not replace Hospice of Michigan’s high-touch, in-person bedside primary model of care, it does add another dimension to provide patients and families the ability to receive and deliver quality and timely hospice and end-of-life care – as well as additional services such as complementary therapies and grief support services.

The $7,500 grant allows Hospice of Michigan to purchase approximately 23 of the 36 tablets needed to support wE-Connect program for patients and caregivers in Charlevoix County.

“This very generous grant from the Charlevoix County Community Foundation is a major step in making wE-Connect available to regions throughout the state – especially here in the Charlevoix area,” said Roxanne Kiesling, philanthropy manager for Hospice of Michigan. “COVID-19 sparked this program – and even as we move into a ‘post-pandemic’ world, wE-Connect will be here to stay, for years to come, so we can continue providing the very best end-of-life to patients and their families.”

Hospice of Michigan served 32 patients in Charlevoix County in 2020 through its Open Access Program, which provides exceptional end-of-life care and support for anyone with a terminal illness, regardless of their age, diagnosis or ability to pay. For more information about the services Hospice of Michigan offers in Charlevoix County and throughout the state, please visit www.hom.org.

Hospice of Michigan Seeking Companionship Volunteers

Nonprofit looking for individuals in the greater Big Rapids area to assist with providing services to hospice patients

 BIG RAPIDS, Mich. (July 29, 2021)Hospice of Michigan is urgently seeking volunteers throughout Big Rapids and surrounding communities to support hospice patients receiving end-of-life care. The not-for-profit is specifically seeking volunteers to perform light household chores, provide companionship, caregiver relief and cosmetology services for hospice patients.

Yulanda Bellinger, 73 of Mecosta, has devoted her time to volunteering with Hospice of Michigan since experiencing the excellent care provided to her husband during the end of his life. Yulanda is a barber, as was her late husband. She has been a barber since 1986 and provides cosmetology services to patients of Hospice of Michigan. She also helps patients with other tasks. When she noticed that a patient wanted to write letters to her family but was unable to physically do so, Yulanda offered her own penmanship.

“This is a great way to give back to the community,” said Bellinger. “I get more out of it than I put into it. These people are so appreciative of everything. It fills your heart with love and joy doing things like this. It’s only a few minutes of every day.”  

 An orientation is scheduled to be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 26 at 400 Perry Rd, Big Rapids MI 49307, for individuals interested in volunteering.

“There are emotional, social and physical benefits for those who donate their time to a worthy cause,” said Megan Cadle, Hospice of Michigan volunteer program manager. “Volunteering at Hospice of Michigan can provide an emotional connection to people who they otherwise wouldn’t have, as well as provide a sense of community by engaging in a cause you believe in.”

 Those interested in volunteering can contact Cadle at 616-356-5233 or mcadle@hom.org to register for the August training. To learn more about Hospice of Michigan and becoming a volunteer, visit www.hom.org.