Employee Spotlight: Melanie Miller

Melanie Miller (right) working with Volunteer Dottie 
at the Light Up a Life Gala.
Name, title: Melanie Miller, Volunteer Liaison/Development Clerk

How long have you worked here?
Seven years.

What made you decide to work here?
I was at home, and my mom had just died, I had had my daughter, and I decided that I wanted to go back to school and get my four-year degree. So I went to Madonna University and started the hospice and palliative studies program. I took my first hospice class and I really liked it so I thought if I’m going to be in a hospice environment then I need to probably volunteer at a hospice.

I came over here and I started volunteering. I went to school for many years and I finally got my four-year degree. Then after I finished school there was a job opening so I applied for it and I got the job.

How had you heard of Angela Hospice?
I live in Livonia so I drive by here all the time.

What’s a typical day like for you?
A typical day for me…it just depends. I help a lot with the events, with the volunteers, process donations, help with the receptionists, fill in at the phones, and I assist Helen  [the events coordinator]…I don’t have a typical day.

Melanie with volunteer Geri Orlowski at the "Rock
Your Red" Laughter Lifts You Up women's event.
What is your favorite part about working at Angela Hospice?
Working with the volunteers. We have such a great group of people. I work with volunteers for the phones, during events, and in our office.

What is one of your favorite memories from your time at Angela Hospice?
Some of my favorite memories here are just getting to know all the volunteers and getting to work with them. I have the pleasure of working with them. Those are my good memories.

My favorite memory when I was a student at Angela Hospice was when I was able to work with grieving children during a 7-week children’s grief workshop. I feel I was able to make a difference and help children during such a difficult time.

Strategic Planning 2017-2022

To our Community Friends, Team Members, volunteers, and supporters:

Thank you so much to everyone who graciously took the time to complete our Strategic Planning Survey a few months ago. We had over 300 responses and we are grateful for the input and thoughtful suggestions we received.

It’s great to know we have the support of our community behind us, and we hope we can continue to count on you who give of your time, talents, and treasure to further our cause on behalf of hospice patients and their families.

We wanted to make the survey results available publicly for you, so you’ll see a link to our results summary below.

We look forward to continuing our partnership together as we embrace what we’ve learned from this survey, and as we work to achieve the goals we’ve set as an organization: growing our mission, enlarging our referral base, expanding and improving our home care program, making technological advancements, exploring a palliative care program, working to transform societal views toward end-of-life, and ensuring our mission’s sustainability.

The impact of a non-profit organization is so dependent upon the relationships it has within its community – and we are sincerely appreciative of the kind support of our neighbors and friends. We ask that you continue to play a part in the future of the Angela Hospice mission for many years to come.

God bless,
Margot Parr                                                       Barb Hendrickson
President & CEO                                               Chair, Board of Directors