In the News
- Center for Hospice Care's Patient Story Featured in National Campaign
Center for Hospice Care's story on patient pilot, Terry Meland, a 71-year-old former mortgage banker who had a love of flying airplanes was featured in the “Moments of Life: Made Possible By Hospice” national multi-media campaign. When Terry was diagnosed with a lung disease eleven years ago, he was no longer allowed to hold a private pilot’s license. When he began to receive services from CHC, he told his social worker about his bucket list – wanting to fly one more time. CHC jumped into action and posted a plea on our Facebook page looking for a pilot. Almost immediately we had a reply from the Indiana Flight Center at Elkhart Municipal Airport. Just weeks after the Facebook post a crowd of family, friends and staff from CHC watched Terry step into the Cessna 172 and take to the skies for a thirty minute flight. A GoPro camera in the plane and a camera team on the ground captured what the day was like for Terry. This story made local news headlines and is the first “Moments” story from Indiana to be featured in the national campaign, a project of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO).
- Our latest edition of CHOICES magazine
At a recent office visit at Michiana VIP MD, Pete was talking to Jami McDonald, Director. “Pete came into an office visit one day and we were talking about my bike,” Jami said. “This may have been when he realized that I rode a bike. As bikers, we naturally share stories of riding. Pete shared his story with me about how he used to ride and how much he loved it. I proceeded to do all the normal stuff that I do for an office visit and right before I left the exam room to get the doctor Pete asked me, ‘Will you give me a ride on your bike some time, it's on my list?’ I said, ‘Absolutely, I will.’
- Volunteers Needed
- Know Who You Are Supporting -- Beware of Scams
Pay attention to which hospice group is soliciting your support. Some are not located in our area.
Center for Hospice Care, headquartered in South Bend, serves nine area counties. Hospice Foundation is the supporting foundation for Hospice Care. It conducts two mail campaigns annually, soliciting financial contributions. No solicitations are done by phone.
All money raised stays in that service area and is used for patient care. This business has an A+ rating with Better Business Bureau.
Hospice Support Foundation of Merrifield, Va., also solicits by direct mail. A request for contributions may appear to be local as the appeal names each area being solicited, such as Elkhart, South Bend, Plymouth and more.
Funds collected for the Hospice Support Fund supports only New Hope Foundation. New Hope Foundation chooses not to disclose any information to the BBB Wise Giving Alliance. This business has no BBB rating because it offers services which are outside the scope of BBB evaluations, according to the Better Business Bureau serving Metro Washington, D.C., and eastern Pennsylvania.
Because the names are similar, financial supporters sometimes find they have made a contribution to one, but really meant it for the other. For this reason we say don’t confuse one with the other. It is important to know what your money is or is not supporting.