Homecare & Hospice recently celebrated its 35th anni-versary of service to the Manhattan community and surrounding area, and we would like to thank every staff member, volunteer and supporter who has helped us to grow during that time.
Just five years ago, we had the groundbreaking for The Good Shepherd Hospice House, the only hospice house in Riley County and the seven surrounding counties. Since opening the doors to The Good Shepherd in February 2010, 269 clients have been lovingly cared for at this exceptional facility. It is a facility built entirely upon donations from more than 1,200 individuals, businesses and foundations that were dedicated to seeing a hospice house built in our community.
Over the past 35 years, Homecare & Hospice has been the only local, non-profit provider of a variety of in-home support, home health and hospice services. Started with a small volunteer staff in 1978, our organization was founded by a group of concerned citizens who saw the need for dignified, compassionate services in the home.
That volunteer spirit remains strong today, as our more than 100 volunteers give so unself-ishly of their time and talents by providing companionship, trans-portation assistance, respite care and many more supportive services to our clients and families. More than 5,000 clients and families lives have been touched by the care and support that Homecare & Hospice offers.
That care and support come in a variety of ways, whether it be through bathing, dressing and preparing meals to help keep an elderly person living independ-ently at home; physical therapy to help an individual recover from an injury or specialized pain management at the end of life. No other provider in this community offers the variety of services that we do.
Homecare & Hospice is only in existence today because of the initial and continued philan-thropic support of the commun-ity. To this day, we continue to carry on our proud tradition of caring for all who need our services, regardless of their ability to pay. Last year alone Homecare & Hospice provided more than $70,000 worth of charitable care.
These are just a few highlights, but we have much more to share. I would like to invite everyone to learn more about Homecare & Hospice and the invaluable services we provide to the community.
And finally, I would like you to consider making a place for Homecare & Hospice in your annual charitable giving. Our doors would not have stayed open for 35 years without it ,and our next 35 years depend on it. Homecare & Hospice — Not for Profit, All About Care!
Jim Lindquist is chair of the Homecare & Hospice Foundation Board of Trustees, 3801 Vanesta Drive