February 7, 2013 | Volume 43, No. 5

Director salutes Hospice volunteers

It happens every single day in Haines, in Klukwan, and in all of our outlying communities: Neighbors, friends and family members are checking in and taking care of one another. Acts of kindness are abundant.

What distinguishes a hospice volunteer is a small difference in the beginning. Hospice is called and asked if we are able to help in someone’s home or in Haines Assisted Living. Our volunteer coordinator, Shannon McPhetres, in turn asks our volunteers if someone has a few hours a week and then carefully makes a perfect match. A place and time to meet is established and after a few visits, a lovely new friendship emerges.

Hospice of Haines wishes to acknowledge the 39 volunteers who stepped forward, when asked, and visited 29 individuals for over 1,900 hours in 2012. Every hour a volunteer offers is a blessed gift and a blessing in return.

On behalf of the board of Hospice of Haines and those we serve, thank you volunteers. 

Beth MacCready, Director