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The Creativity of Our Volunteers

The Creativity of Our Volunteers

Since Hospice Austin volunteers haven’t been able to visit with patients in person for the past year, they’ve had to get creative. Some have kept connected to patients via phone calls or porch visits; others have organized food drives to stock our food pantry....
Holding Space

Holding Space

Dying is hard, not just physically, but psychologically. It’s fraught with emotional landmines of worry for loved ones, traumas or regret over the past, and fear of the future.  Hospice Austin social workers must delicately navigate these minefields in order to help...
On the Frontlines

On the Frontlines

Certified Nurse Aide Blanche Pichon-Benford doesn’t consider herself brave. Neither does RN Valerie Sims, or Social Worker Rachel Poppers. Yet they were among the first to volunteer for Hospice Austin’s COVID-19 Response Team in March, back when little was known about...
Bravery: Having the Strength to be Vulnerable

Bravery: Having the Strength to be Vulnerable

Recently, Hospice Austin asked our staff to define what bravery means to them and to give an example of courageous behavior that they’ve witnessed over the past year either from themselves or from others – a patient, patient’s family member or colleague. This response...
Bravery: Living Outside Your Comfort Zone

Bravery: Living Outside Your Comfort Zone

Recently, Hospice Austin asked our staff to define what bravery means to them and to give an example of courageous behavior that they’ve witnessed over the past year either from themselves or from others – a patient, patient’s family member or colleague....