Hospice Compassus will be conducting training for persons interested in becoming non-medical volunteers in Barry and Lawrence Counties, according to Janet Gard, Executive Director. The training will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, July 19, at the Compassus Hospice office located at 845 Hwy 60, Ste A, in Monett.

Hospice Compassus non-medical volunteers fulfill a wide variety of patient needs. The most common need for volunteers is patient and family support. However, Hospice Compassus has developed various initiatives designed to enhance their ability to better meet the specific and unique needs of each family. These include the Dream Team, the We Honor Veterans Program, the Chaplaincy Program, and the ANGELS Program. The Dream Team assists in transforming unfulfilled dreams of hospice patients into realities; as a partner in the We Honor Veterans Program, Compassus is working to improve veterans’ access to hospice and palliative care to assure that every veteran is able to receive hospice care at the time and place of need; the Chaplaincy Program gives volunteers the opportunity to focus more on the spiritual needs of patients; the ANGELS Program provides patient and family support in the last hours.

Upon completing the volunteer training on July 19, volunteers will have the option to attend the Chaplain’s training and/or ANGELS training at a later date.

“The ability to visibly see the difference your gift of time makes and to feel the joy of making an emotional and spiritual connection with a family in crisis is the incentive that keeps our volunteers and staff motivated. If asked, any one of our volunteers would state they leave their patients and families with a warm and fuzzy feeling as if they received more than they had given. With this work, the blessings really do flow both ways,” stated Brenda Smith, Volunteer Coordinator.

“Our volunteers are asked to serve in their own geographical area and are permitted to give as little or as much time as they desire. There is no required commitment to days or time, and most needs are filled at the volunteers’ discretion. In addition to patient/family support, volunteers are also needed to help out in the office, to run errands, and for simple handyman jobs,” stated Smith.

Opening its first hospice in 1979, Hospice Compassus is a family of community-based hospices. Their nationwide network is a vast resource, benefiting both patients and families. Hospice Compassus has a common culture around three core values: compassion, integrity and excellence. Their primary goals are to provide the highest quality hospice care and service in every community in which they operate, and to be both the hospice provider of choice and the hospice employer of choice.

For additional information regarding Hospice Compassus, visit their website at www.hospicecompassus.com. For additional information regarding Hospice Compassus volunteer opportunities contact Brenda Smith at 235-9097 or brenda.smith@compassus.com.