Thursday, February 2, 2017

“Weekend of 2,000 Dresses” at Hope Chest Resale Store


Shoppers will discover a delightful assortment of dresses – including many still with original tags – as they browse the racks at Hope Chest’s “Weekend of 2,000 Dresses.”

The special event will be held Saturday, Feb. 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 12 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Hope Chest, located at 13821 N. Cleveland Ave. in North Fort Myers.

Making their Hope Chest debut from a private donor’s collection, the dresses range from casual to formal and include cocktail and evening wear in women’s sizes 8 through 16, with a majority in size 12. Shoppers will recognize brand names including Badgley Mischka, Michael Kors, Max and Cleo, Nicole Miller, Jill Stuart, Donna Ricco, bebe and Forever 21, as well as designs from other stores. See examples in this photo collection.

Prices range from $10 to $200 based on dress style and formality. Fitting rooms are available but extremely limited, so shoppers should wear garments that will allow trying on dresses without access to a fitting room.

During these special store hours, only dresses in this collection, new shoes, and Chico’s jewelry will be sold. All other Hope Chest merchandise, including bargain clothing, home goods and furniture will not be available for purchase.

Cash and major credit cards will be accepted for payment. All sales are final, and no coupons or store discounts will apply for items in this special collection.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Why Attend a Bereavement Group?

Bereavement Group

"The quality and quantity of understanding support you get during your work of mourning will have a major influence on your capacity of heal. You cannot – nor should you try to – do this alone. Drawing on the experiences and encouragement of friends and fellow grievers is not a weakness but a healthy human need."
~Alan Wolfelt, Understanding Your Grief 

The loss of someone you love can be one of life’s most difficult experiences. A bereavement group is a safe place for you to share the story of your loss under the guidance of a highly skilled professional counselor. Through the group, you can come together with others who are also grieving during this sensitive, vulnerable time.

You need to tell your story, again and again. You need someone to listen to you with acceptance, without judgment. You need to feel understood. Through this process of telling, re-telling, listening, and sharing, our group members realize that they are not alone. Those who are farther along in the process may provide a beacon of hope for others.

During these helpful sessions, Hope's bereavement counselor will provide educational material on the grief process. Participants will learn that much of what they're experiencing is completely normal. The counselor is not the only resource; many times, other group members will share tips on what they're doing to cope with loss.

As the weeks pass, bereavement group members form a community. You will find that you are no longer alone. Together, you can move from the depths of grief to a place where the memory of your loved one brings a smile before a tear.

Champagne Under the Stars to benefit Hope Hospice

The Friends of Hope Women’s Committee for Hope Hospice is hosting Champagne Under the Stars at the Bonita Bay Club Saturday, February 11 to benefit Hope Hospice.

The 1920’s-themed event begins with a champagne reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

Guests will have an opportunity to bid on unique auction items including a framed watercolor by French artist Lucien Delarue; a wine and champagne gift basket; a vintage bank, lamp and quilt for a grandchild’s nursery; a set of hand-cut, jade cordial glasses; a catered dinner party by Chef Brian Roland of CRAVE Culinaire; and a stay in The Fitzgerald Suite at The Plaza New York.

Visit https://donate.hopehcs.org/champagne for tickets starting at $235 for Guests, $300 for Patrons, and $500 for Underwriters. Tables can accommodate eight or ten guests. For more information, contact Heather Chester at 239-489-9164.

Champagne Under the Stars sponsors include Brown & Brown Insurance/Florida Blue; Louis and Najla Lataif; Northern Trust; American House Senior Living; Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Wynne; TWC Services; Carol Wood & Claire McMahon Team/John R Wood Properties; CRAVE Culinaire/Venue Naples; Harriet Harnar & Scott Culbertson/Premiere Sotheby’s International Realty; Jim & Cathy McCormick/Premiere Sotheby’s International Realty; Mrs. Ross Roberts; Naples Fire Protection Inc.; and The Gulati Family Foundation.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Upcoming Seminar: Integrative Therapies for PD

The Hope Parkinson Program invites health care professionals, therapists, volunteers, caregivers, and those living with Parkinson’s disease to attend Integrative Therapies for PD, an educational seminar on  Friday, January 13, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Fort Myers at Bell Tower Shops.

Dr. Amanda Avila, Hope Parkinson Program medical director, will present How Complimentary Therapies Can Help Treat PD. Local movement disorder specialist Dr. Khadijah Shamseddine will discuss the value of keeping active in her presentation Move it or Lose it: Why exercise is important in Parkinson’s disease.

Seminar check-in opens at 9 a.m., and the program begins at 9:30 a.m. $10 per person includes valet parking and light refreshments. Seating is limited. Preregistration is required by Wednesday, Jan. 11 and can be completed online or by calling 239-985-7727.

The seminar is provided in partnership with Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts and Medtronic.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Sandoval Brings Christmas Cheer to Hope Hospice Cape Coral


The Christmas Project began in 2010 when Mary Lou O’Phelan received a load of unfinished Christmas quilt blocks from Patty Bartkowski at the Cape Coral Quilt Guild. That year, 22 Christmas quilts were donated to Hope Hospice. The following year, many members of the Guild joined in, allowing the group to donate 57 Christmas quilts. In 2012 Mary Lou O’Phelan and Marcia Denning decided to start a Quilt Club at the Sandoval clubhouse, to meet once a week. That year, special kits were made for those who wanted to participate in the Christmas project. The Club donated a total of 76 quilts at a special luncheon event - which has since become a tradition of the Sandoval Quilt Club.

The group now meets twice a month to enjoy the process of quilting, and every year they are able to donate more quilts. This year, Sandoval Quilt Club members donated 120 Christmas quilts to be distributed to homebound Hope Hospice recipients. These quilts are made with love, and every member has contributed in some way to make the project a success. Others from the Cape Coral Quilt Guild have also contributed to the cause - resulting in a large number of quilts and a festive event! Special thanks also goes to volunteers Carol Rose, Mary Ann McCarthy, and Sandy Nelson for their effort and dedication.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Tree of Lights in Hope Hospice Houses

For more than 25 years, Hope has celebrated the spirit of the holidays with the Tree of Lights memorial. Placing an ornament on a twinkling tree in memory of a loved one has become a cherished family tradition for many. Over the years, people have shared that this simple act is their favorite way to honor those who have touched their lives.

At each Hospice House, we have adorned the Tree of Lights with white paper butterflies featuring loved ones’ names. A gift of $25 ensures the placement of a personalized butterfly; with a gift of $50 or more, donors will also receive a 2016 metal keepsake ornament for their own tree. Ornaments may be purchased online at Donate.HopeHCS.org/TreeofLights or at the Hospice Houses’ front desks.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Anniversary Celebrations at Joanne’s House

Amy was looking forward to her 25th anniversary with her husband, Tom. She hoped to make it a very special occasion. Geri, a personal care specialist at Joanne’s House, asked what we could do to help make it memorable for the happy couple. Our volunteer coordinator was able to find a tablecloth and fine china from our volunteer closet. We provided their favorite dinner from Outback Steakhouse along with a celebratory cake. In the Hospice House kitchen, staff helped plate the dinner for a pretty presentation.

Not to be outdone, Barbara and John celebrated a special anniversary of their own not long afterwards! These two loving couples made everyone smile, showing us that at Hope Hospice, every day can truly be a gift.

Amy and Tom

Barbara and John