Hospice at Home Honors South Haven Volunteers
Jun 22, 2015
(SOUTH HAVEN) – Hospice at Home recently recognized South Haven area volunteers during the annual Friends of South Haven Hospice at Home Joyful Luncheon, held at First Congregational Lutheran Church in South Haven. The luncheon included a reading byLaurie Timmer, Spiritual Care Coordinator for Hospice at Home, and live piano music by Grand Valley State University student Connor Austell.
The highlight of the event was the presentation of the 2015 Helen White Angel of Service Award to Grand Junction resident Kelley James-Jura by Melinda Graham-Gruber, Chief Executive Officer of Hospice at Home, a Lakeland Health Affiliate.
For the past seven years, James-Jura has volunteered her time with Hospice at Home in a number of areas. She has provided respite and companionship to patients and their families, and has created “life stories” for patients. James-Jura has also assisted with Hospice at Home memorial services and is a very active member of the planning committee for the organization’s annual wine and beer tasting benefit in South Haven.
“Kelley has such a warm and caring heart that she willingly shares with everyone she meets,” Graham-Gruber said. “Her support has helped our patients, their families, and our organization tremendously, and we cannot thank her enough for all that she does. Kelley is a beautiful soul who truly cares about others.”
The Helen White Angel of Service Award was established by the South Haven Area Hospice Foundation Board to recognize individuals who show exemplary service in the area of volunteering. Helen White was one of South Haven Area Hospice’s founding board members and devoted many hours of service during her time with hospice. Helen was honored and recognized when she retired in 2004 with the establishment of this award in her name.
For information about volunteer opportunities with Hospice at Home, call (269) 637-3825 or visit www.hospiceathomecares.org
About Hospice at Home
Hospice at Home, a Lakeland Health Affiliate, provides quality care to people adjusting to living with a serious illness, as well as to people facing death, anticipating the death of a loved one, or healing their grief after the death of a loved one. Services are provided to patients and their families regardless of the patients' diagnosis, treatment choices, or ability to pay. Hospice at Home places an emphasis on the emotional, social, and spiritual needs of those who need care and those receiving support services in Berrien, Cass, Van Buren, and Allegan counties. Extending this care, Lory’s Place, a bereavement and education center that builds hope and strength for every grieving family, is available to anyone in southwest Michigan or northern Indiana.