|Event Chair Martin Haas with Layne Callahan|
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Thursday, October 24, 2019
~ Shalom, Shelly Goldenberg
About Hope's End of Life Doulas
Just as birth doulas help mothers bring their newborns into the world, end of life doulas bring comfort to those who are in their final days – as well as their families.
A volunteer doula can provide emotional and spiritual support through the end of life process. After completing their certification, Hope Doulas are assigned to individuals or families who may be struggling to cope with the challenges of living with serious illness.
Doulas visit on a regular basis to identify ways to assist the family and loved ones. They will also collaborate directly with the Hope interdisciplinary team members, including nurses, social workers, aides, chaplains, and others. During the final hours, doulas may arrange for additional volunteers to sit vigil.
Hope's Doulas have a minimum of one year of experience with direct care and complete an in-depth educational series, which includes topics such as compassionate care, legacy projects, Reiki, advance card planning, anticipatory grief and bereavement, active listening, ritual and vigil, and spiritual pain. They are prepared for deep, meaningful work that requires an increased level of volunteer commitment.
In honor of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, Evelyn & Arthur at The Promenade at Bonita Bay is continuing their decade-long tradition of offering shoppers a special discount on an in-store purchase from Friday, November 1 through Sunday, November 23 if they bring in a gently used item of women’s or men’s clothing, an accessory, or a pair of shoes for donation. Shoppers will receive a 20% coupon for any one regular price item of $75 or more. One discount coupon is offered per donation, not item.
Throughout the drive, Evelyn & Arthur is also selling blue pashminas for $28, with all proceeds benefiting Hope Hospice. Evelyn & Arthur, who has partnered with Hope since 2008, collects the donated apparel for Hope Chest at The Crossings, the resale store for Hope Hospice.
Thursday, October 17, 2019
More than 250 Southwest Floridians with a passion for supporting children and families attended Shine, raising $440,000 to benefit Hope Kids Care Oct. 11 at the historic Edison and Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers. Shine featured an elegant evening with cocktails, dinner, music, entertainment, and a “Fund-A-Need” Live Auction to support the essential services of Hope Kids Care.
A service of Hope Healthcare, Hope Kids Care provides no-cost care to families in need, offering one-on-one children’s counseling including art and music therapy, and Rainbow Trails bereavement camp; medical care including palliative and respite care; and support including caregiver education, social services, volunteer support and Hopeful Wishes to meet other family needs.
“For most families, childhood is a time of growth, development and good health. But for children living with serious medical conditions and grief, there is Hope Kids Care,” said Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope Healthcare. “While the program has served children for more than 30 years, there is a vital need to fundraise right now. Incredible community support, like that shown at SHINE, ensures that we can continue to provide Hope to every child in need of comfort through one of our special programs.”
Lexington Country Club members raised over $44,000 at the eighth annual Italian Open golf tournament for Hope Hospice – and pushed the total donations over the history of the event to nearly $200,000.
Jerry Curcuru, Greg Salvia, Phil Bommarito and John Sackie led the committee that coordinated the October 10 event for nearly 300 club members who enjoyed golf foursomes in the morning and afternoon, followed by an Italian-themed dinner with a silent auction, prizes, and golf awards.