Showing posts from May, 2018

Volunteer Spotlight: Bobbie Kowalski

Name: Bobbie Kowalski
How long have you been a volunteer? Since October 31, 2017 ㄧ So just within this year!
What areas do you work in/what sort of tasks do you do as a volunteer? My first volunteer project was working with the Tree of Life at Laurel Park. Having spent time there making ornaments with families, and hearing people say, “Thank you for what you do,” (even though I had just made it through my training and had not been on the front lines at this point), it showed me before I even began the impact of the care and love shown to these family members and their loved ones.
At this point I decided to move into two areas that I felt called to. I started first in the Care Center working with the staff and patients, then became a part of the Spiritual Care Department as well.
What made you decide to become a volunteer? I went through two very tough losses in my life in the last handful of years, my grandfather and then soon after my father. This caused me to become a very spiritually awa…

Volunteer Spotlight: Linnea Schulz

Name: Linnea Schulz
How long have you been a volunteer? About 6 months
What areas do you work in/what sort of tasks do you do as a volunteer? I have enjoyed volunteering in different areas at the Care Center trying to find where I can be of most help and what works best with my schedule. I have shadowed the hospitality cart and patient care. I help sort donated books for the library at the Care Center and keep the library shelves stocked. I have volunteered at the Mother’s Day Brunch and Arbor Day. Currently I am shadowing for the new concierge program. All the volunteers and staff that have spent time training me have been very kind and patient.
What made you decide to become a volunteer? I have enjoyed volunteering with various organizations for most of my life. I grew up in a family where volunteering to help others was instilled in us at a young age and often done as a family. The practice of volunteering has continued with my own daughters and now granddaughter.
Why Angela Hospice? My M…

Volunteer Spotlight: Margaret Cotruvo

Name: Margaret Cotruvo
How long have you been a volunteer?I’ve been a volunteer about a year and a half.

What areas do you work in/what sort of tasks do you do as a volunteer? The areas where I work include representing the Spiritual Care Department by visiting patients in care facilities, and offering Healing Touch treatments in the Care Center. I’ve also helped with several mailings, and helped with events like the Tree of Life, Laughter Lifts You Up, and the Golf Outing.
What made you decide to become a volunteer? I recently retired and wanted to find a rewarding volunteer experience.
Why Angela Hospice? I've known about the good work hospice does and I know a couple of volunteers so I contacted the volunteer department nearly two years ago.
What is your favorite part about volunteering? I volunteer in the Spiritual Care Department and visit patients in senior housing facilities. I'm finding this to be very rewarding.
What is one of your favorite stories or memories from volunteerin…

Winner Takes All Raffle

We hope you'll take part in our Winner Takes All Raffle! We've collected a nice variety of prizes to be taken home by one lucky winner. Golf getaways, Tigers tickets, gift cards, and more could all be yours. Only 500 tickets will be sold for this raffle, so make sure to get yours today. The drawing will be held Monday, June 11, at theAngela Hospice Golf Outing, but you need not be present to attend.
Click the flyer below for a detailed list of prizes and an order form. You can also order tickets by calling the Development Office at (734) 464-7810. Thanks for playing and good luck!
All proceeds benefit Angela Hospice's charitable programs for hospice patients.

There Are Angels Out There

Whether she was making homemade bread, or sewing matching pajamas for all 10 of her grandchildren, Marcella was friendly, funny, and always elegant.

Marcella wasn’t just a great mother to Cyndie. She was a role model, an inspiration, and her best friend. “There was never a day that we didn’t talk,” Cyndie said. “We had our hair done together, did our grocery shopping together….It was always the best to be with her.”

So when Marcella got sick, Cyndie and her husband, John, invited Marcella into their home so they could care for her. But with Parkinson’s accelerating her Alzheimer’s, Marcella eventually needed around the clock supervision.

“It was really hard for me to keep her safe in the house,” Cyndie said. She couldn’t leave her mom alone for even 15 minutes. She had to sleep in her mother’s bedroom to make sure she didn’t get up and fall or wander off. But it was important to Cyndie to keep her mom at home.

So when Cyndie found out about Angela Hospice, having that extra help right…

Therapy of the Furry Kind

OSCAR OSCAR, is a 12-year-old Chihuahua and Jack Russell mix, rescue dog. Joe
Gillen, Oscar’s “dad,” is an Angela Hospice volunteer. Joe wanted this story to be
about Oscar and Brenda, Joe’s wife who died at the Angela Hospice Care Center in
2015, with Oscar by her side. Brenda was the one who rescued Oscar when he was
on the streets. She thought he was a black dog until she bathed him and saw that
he was white!

Excerpts from Brenda’s “Oscar Blog”: “Oscar was officially trained at Therapy
Dogs, Inc. He doesn’t shy away from people. He seems to think his lot in life is to
be fondled by strangers in a public place. Having Oscar as a therapy dog is good
for him and me. When we got home after his first client visit he was so happy — all
those hands touching his face and ears — I think I need to pick up some sanitizing
wipes today! ”

JOSIE JOSIE, a 4-year-old Golden Retriever is part of our Volunteer Therapy
Dog program. Her “mom,” Beth Judd, says, “Josie gets by on her looks.
Being a Golde…

Ericka Holman Leaves a Legacy to Her Children From Her Heart

Ericka and her husband Chris were both attending the International Gospel Church in Ecorse when Ericka’s godmother set them up on a blind date. They fell in love, and married on June 7, 2014. In 2015, they brought their first little girl, Charrise, into the world and the following year, the second girl, Christina, was born.

Before the girls came along, Ericka was a private home care assistant. She cared for a woman with dementia. The only person this woman would talk to was Ericka — and that says a lot about Ericka’s loving, kind, selfless personality.

When the girls arrived, the Holman’s had plans for their family — taking the kids on vacation, maybe to Disney World — but fate had other plans for Ericka.

Ericka began to notice symptoms, a small lump on her breast. She thought it had something to do with childbirth, even though her Grandmother had breast cancer that was non-life-threatening. When Ericka’s legs became swollen, Chris had to take care of the children and Ericka as well …