Winner Takes All Raffle Preview

Our 27th Annual Golf Outing may still be a month away but there’s plenty you can do to get ready for the May 11th event. Practice your backswing. Finalize your team members. Take a look at our Winner Takes All Raffle prizes, which are all conveniently listed below. One lucky winner will receive all of these prizes, valued at a total of $3,000!

If you see something you want you can order raffle tickets over the phone before the event and/or purchase tickets at the event. Tickets are $25 each and the drawing will be held May 11 between 6 and 8:30 p.m. If you can’t make it to the event or have to leave early that’s fine, you don’t need to be present to win.

All proceeds benefit Angela Hospice so the more tickets you buy will not only increase your chances of winning but help hospice patients as well. Only 500 tickets will be sold, so don't miss out on this opportunity!

To purchase tickets or for more information call (734) 464-7810. Tickets may also be purchased at the front desk at the Angela Hospice Care Center.

Red Hot Red Wings & Lovin’ the “D”
Two tickets to a Detroit Red Wings hockey game (2015-2016 season)
Post-game tour of the Detroit Red Wings locker room
Autographed “KRONWALLED” framed and matted print
$175 gift card to Iridescence restaurant at Motor City Casino

Ultimate Golfer’s Package
Round of golf with lunch for four at Meadowbrook Country Club 
in Northville, MI (mutually agreed upon date)
Round of golf for four at the Tiburon Golf Club at Ritz Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, FL
 Round of golf for two at Caberfae Peaks in Cadillac, MI
Round of golf for two at The Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, MI

Summer Sizzling Fun
Outdoor fire pit and grilling accessories
Outdoor summer hammock
Volleyball/badminton set
Four admission certificates for Cedar Point 2015 season
Insulated cooler on wheels full of assorted summer libations
Two 3-D kites by X Kites, 75” Wasp and 67” Dragon

Thanks to all our Winner Takes All Raffle donors: 
  • Meadowbrook Country Club
  • Pro Sports Zone
  • Motor City Casino
  • Ritz Carlton Naples
  • Caberfae Peaks
  • The Inn at St. John’s
  • Meijer
  • Cedar Point
  • George Smrtka
  • Margaret Levine
Raffle License #R29379

Volunteer Spotlight: Jackie Brown

Name: Jackie Brown

How long have you been a volunteer?
Four-and-a-half years

What areas do you work in/what sort of tasks do you do?
Works in medical records, makes kits for home care nurses in medical supplies, helps at fundraisers, and mailings. Has worked the memorials, children’s workshop at Christmas, and was a Flower Bud.

What made you decide to become a volunteer?
My grandson passed unexpectedly at 24 and I prayed because the family got a lot of graces from his passing. Then two years later my sister got sick and I was her caregiver and she passed. These things really bothered me and I had a cousin that told me about Tree of Life at Laurel Park and that she had sent an angel there. I had no idea what she meant. So I went to Tree of Life and spent a couple hours looking for my sister’s angel. I thought that was such a nice thing to do. And the women working it talked to me for a bit.

Then a friend whose mother had just passed called me and she told me she wanted to volunteer in hospice. Maybe eight months later she told me she was going to volunteer at Angela Hospice and that she really wanted me to go with her. So I came and I met Syndie [Angela Hospice’s Volunteer Services Manager], and thought she was a marvelous person. I thought the building was marvelous. I thought this might be something I want to do. I wasn’t quite sure. So I attended the eight week course, did everything we had to do, sat and talked to Syndie again, and found out that I could do medical things because of my background. Helping with medical supplies was the first thing I did and then mailings.

I’m here most of the time because my motto is if I’m going to work and do something I want to take my whole day because I planned it that way. There’s always plenty to do here. They just need so much done. It’s been my pleasure and blessing to be able to come.

Jackie Brown (right) with fellow
volunteer Christine Depowski.
Favorite part about volunteering?
My favorite thing is meeting all the people. Mentoring sometimes, and working with all these women ─ and sometimes men ─ it’s a fulfillment to be able to work with different people from all walks of life. All these different jobs they’ve had ─ secretaries, doctors, whatever ─ you have all these careers right here, all joined together, and they are all working together. If we could do this throughout the world it would be wonderful because it’s an environment that’s really peaceful. That’s another reason why I like volunteering. It’s peaceful, it’s relaxing, and you can talk to anybody about anything. It’s like we’re all on the same level. We’re a huge team.

What is one of your favorite stories or memories from volunteering?
When I was a Flower Bud a gentleman asked me to shake his hand when I dropped off flowers. I said yes, and I hope he didn’t mind because my hands were rough from working with the flowers. He laughed and said, “You’re like an angel for me today.”

I was told he wasn’t talkative or responsive but he talked to me. Before I left, he said, “I need a hug.” And I gave him a hug. That moment was very touching for me. It was very spiritual because I didn’t expect it because of what the nurses had said about him not being responsive. Then I went in to see how his flowers were doing the next day and the nurses told me he had passed during the night. Maybe he just needed to see somebody and didn’t have a family that could make it. So that was a good thing.

Volunteer Spotlight: Sarah Wolodkiewicz

Name: Sarah Wolodkiewicz

How long have you been a volunteer?
14 years

What areas do you work in/what sort of tasks do you do?
Home care, makes salads once a month for family dinners in the Care Center, and has worked fundraisers.

What made you decide to become a volunteer?
A friend of mine was caring for her mother at home and she had enlisted the help of hospice. She just had wonderful things to say about it. It wasn’t Angela Hospice but that’s how I learned about the whole concept. I thought, I think that’s something I could do at some point.

Then I saw an article in the newspaper, one of the Observers, about volunteering and coming to a training session for a hospice in Plymouth. So I cut that out and put it on my refrigerator, where it stayed for probably another three or four years. Then finally, I had a child and she went to school, then I had time that I could devote to it.

Why Angela Hospice?
Basically because I live really close.

Favorite part about volunteering?
The caregivers that I have met in their homes. I’ve met some really beautiful people. I don’t know how they do it. I mean 24/7, it’s their life. In some cases it goes on for years. A lot of people wait too long to get hospice and a couple of months

Sarah often helps prepare meals for patients.
What is one of your favorite stories or memories from volunteering?
The patient that I had for two years was younger than I was and had ALS. She couldn’t talk and we used the letter board to communicate. She had a great sense of humor. There was more than one occasion when I had to help her use the bathroom and we were laughing so hard I thought we were going to fall over. She was heavier than I was and we were trying to do it and she just starts giggling. She’s shaking from laughing so hard. That just kind of put me at ease because I thought, I don’t normally do this. But when a person has to go you don’t say no, you’ll have to wait for another hour-and-a-half until someone else gets here. That whole scene she had such a great sense of humor about my struggling to get her just up from her chair and over to the bathroom. It doesn’t seem like it was a huge thing but she weighed more than I did and it wasn’t my expertise. That was a funny moment.

More recently I had a placement where it turns out I knew the caregiver. I had met her years ago at a Bible study. When she opened the door the first time I went, you could just see this relief over her knowing that it was going to be someone she knew. That always amazes me that people take me into their homes, sight unseen, and trust me with their person for two hours. I think that tells you, one, how much they need the break, and two, how trusting they are. But I could see her body language…like, I know you. And then she smiled. It was a neat feeling and I thought, oh good, she’s going to be comfortable with this right away. That was neat.

Volunteer Spotlight: Karen Bartha

Name: Karen Bartha

How long have you been a volunteer?
Three years

What areas do you work in/what sort of tasks do you do?
Patient and spiritual care in the Care Center and in home care.

What made you decide to become a volunteer?
I had heard about a program called No One Dies Alone that’s in hospitals, and I was shocked at the concept that anybody ever died alone. So I started looking into it in the area where I lived and there were no hospitals with that program and I thought, wait, what about hospice? That’s really what brought me here. I’ve always loved the elderly.

Why Angela Hospice?
We were new to the area so I didn’t really know the hospitals. When I found out there was no No One Dies Alone program in a place near me I called my parish church and asked if we were affiliated with anything and they said no, but the woman I talked to mentioned Angela Hospice.

I looked into it online and thought that’s what I want to do. One of the things that was most interesting to me is that on the first day I came here for my interview, I was walking down the hall and I thought, I’ve come home. It just felt like home. I know that’s really strange to come into a hospice and think, I’ve come home. But I feel like this is what God always was getting me toward, doing this. This place is a sacred place. It’s the love of the people.

What is your favorite part about volunteering?
Being with the patients, that’s really it.

What is one of your favorite stories or memories from volunteering?
There have been so, so many. One was with a patient who was fairly blind and fairly deaf. I went into her room. I think I had read on the white board that she really liked to have her hand held, so I said, “I’ll come sit with you if you like.”

She said, “Oh, yes.”

Then I said, “I’ll just need to sit down first.”

And she said, “You’ll need to adjust your wings?”

She thought I was an angel and I needed to adjust my wings to sit down.

The one that I think is really the best story about this place is a little bit longer.

I was in the Care Center, and was asked to do a drop-off at a patient’s house on my way home after my shift with a home care patient. Something delayed me there, so I was even later getting to this drop-off. I got to the drop-off and there’s a woman there, and she started talking. I said, “Would you like me to step in and visit with you a bit?” She never really answered but she just kept talking. Then I stepped in and she went and sat down in the living room.

The other family members were out at the funeral home so she was alone, and kind of didn’t know what to do. She wasn’t used to hospice. So she sat down and I’m standing there in my winter coat and I said, “Would you like me to sit down and visit with you? I have the time.” And she never answered again but kept talking. Then I went in and sat down.

While I was there, her father’s breathing started to fail. Then he did die, right then and there.

So what do we do? Call Angela Hospice. We do that and they tell us they are sending a nurse. I asked her if she wanted me to stay with her until somebody got there and she said yes. Then we try to call the mother, who was determined to be there when her husband died and would not go out, wouldn’t do anything. This went on for so long. Then the nurse and family got there. I stayed awhile more and then left.

The point of the story is that if I had not been delayed I wouldn’t have been there when she needed someone. God made sure I was there at the time I was needed. I should’ve never been there at that time. It was so clear that God had orchestrated my other patient in such a way that I was there long after I should’ve been. Even if he hadn’t died she really, really needed someone at that time.

One of the most amazing things is when you see God working through you. I didn’t do anything. But to see God’s hand putting you where you need to be at that specific time... I was meant to be there and it was none of my own doing. God made sure that that woman was not alone.

Music for the Soul

By: Bob Friar, Angela Hospice Volunteer

Like all Angela Hospice volunteers, Phil Ernzen wears an identification badge. But, even without the badge it is easy to spot Phil. He’s the volunteer with a guitar slung over his shoulder.

Phil has been a hospice volunteer in different locations for over 12 years. But he’s been at Angela Hospice for more than two years, offering his very special gift of music therapy to the residents of the Angela Hospice Care Center.

“I just love the experience of volunteering in a hospice setting,” he said. “It’s very, very fulfilling and rewarding.”

If music therapy sounds too clinical, then think of Phil as a musical chef who provides music as a comfort food. His musical menu includes all genres from gospel to country to folk and popular.

The Care Center staff may suggest a resident who would enjoy Phil’s special talent. The resident or perhaps the resident’s visitors may suggest or ask for a particular selection that has special meaning to that person. Then Phil performs that piece or something very similar.

“I’ve meet a lot of really interesting people,” he said. “I get to know about their life story and their family and what they like."

Phil has another identifier besides the badge and guitar and that is a binder full of song lyrics. Besides the one he carries with him there are more back home that he can reference. So, if a resident stumps him and he needs to sing and play a similar piece, you can be sure that Phil will check his library and have the actual piece ready for his next visit.

One of the pleasurable rewards of his unique ministry is being with a previously unresponsive patient, and then seeing movement under the sheets as the patient keeps time with Phil’s music.

“Feeling that you’re making a different in their lives at a very important time -- both the patients and their families or visitors -- is one of my favorite parts about volunteering,” Phil said.

Phil may be rewarded from getting to know patients and their families but Angela Hospice has been rewarded with him being a volunteer. Phil brings peace and comfort to Angela Hospice patients as he shares his special gift with them.