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December 24th, 2013 - Local Businesses Spread Holiday Cheer to Hope Hospice Patients

New Braunfels, TX:  A Canyon Lake man is likely facing his last months of life and all he wants for Christmas is to spend time with his family. Mr. Myers’ children and grandchildren are all coming home for Christmas and he and his wife wanted this Christmas to be a very special one for the whole family.   Carol Irwin, owner of Buttermilk Café, and Mark Segovia, one of their lead chefs, are making sure of it. With all the food donated from the restaurant and Segovia volunteering his time to prepare and deliver the meal on Christmas day, the Myers family will be getting a real treat with a Christmas dinner for all twenty-one of them. This act of kindness enables the family to spend more time visiting with their husband, father and grandfather.

Hope Hospice has been experiencing many acts of kindness this season. Adobe Café and Sysco foods donated food and labor to the Hope Hospice Foundation Pearl Anniversary Gala, ensuring more funds raised would go straight to patient care. Home Instead, as they do annually, facilitated the adoption of a dozen Hope Hospice patients so those without friends and family nearby would get a Christmas gift.

Literally thousands of individuals, businesses and other organizations have made gifts of all sizes to the Hope Hospice Foundation this season. On behalf of families like the Myers, the Board, Staff and Volunteers extend their gratitude. Funds raised are used to support Hope’s programs and services, primarily the Children’s Grief Program and the Community Assistance Program that assists under- and un-insured patients, most of whom are working-age professionals whose illnesses caused them to lose their jobs and, therefore, their insurance.

Donations are accepted here. Be sure to donate by year’s end for 2013 tax credit.

October 25th, 2013 - Hope Hospice Commemorates National Hospice Month

New Braunfels, TX: Hope Hospice, a non-profit, community-owned hospice serving Bexar, Blanco, Caldwell, Comal, Guadalupe, Hays, Kendall, Travis and Wilson counties, joins hospices across the nation in recognizing National Hospice Month. Hope will be recognized for its work in the field of hospice care and the lives of local families at proclamations in city halls and county courts across this service area.

Facts about Hospice Care Everyone Should Know

Hospice isn’t a place. It’s a type of care that focuses on living… living as fully as possible, up until the end of life. Hospice brings comfort, love, and respect to the patients and families they care for.

Considered to be the model for high-quality, compassionate care in the last months of life, hospice care involves a team-oriented approach to care that includes expert medical care, pain-and-symptom management, and emotional and spiritual support. All care is expressly tailored to the patient’s needs and wishes.

Hospice offers the services and support that Americans want when coping with a serious or life-limiting illness. The goal of this type of care is to treat the person instead of the disease, and focus on the family caregivers, not just the individual.  The quality of life is emphasized, not its duration.

Just the Facts: National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization reports:

  • Hospice usage in the U.S. is growing. Every year, more than 1.65 million Americans with life-limiting illness are cared for by the nation’s 5,100 hospice providers.
  • The median length of service for hospice patients is 19.1 days (half of patients receive care for more days, half of patients receive care for fewer days).   Yet, more than 35 percent of patients die or are discharged in seven days or less – too short a time to benefit from the full ranges of services a hospice can offer.
  • Cancer accounts for less than 38 percent of hospice patients – which surprises many people who mistakenly think hospice only serves cancer patients. The five other leading diagnoses are: heart disease, debility, dementia (this includes Alzheimer’s disease), lung disease, and stroke.
  • Hospice is covered under Medicare, Medicaid, most private insurance plans, HMOs and other managed care organizations.
  • An estimated 450,000 trained volunteers contribute more than 21 million hours of service every year.
  • Research shows that 8 out of 10 Americans would want to stay in their homes surrounded by family and loved ones if they were faced with a life-limiting illness. Hospice makes this happen.

For more information, contact Hope Hospice at (830) 625-7525 or (800) 499-7501.

September 30th, 2013 - Hope Hospice Thrift Shop Grand Re-Opening

New Braunfels, TX: Cheryl Bailey, Hope Hospice Thrift Shop Manager, announces the Grand Re-Opening of the organization’s newly renovated facility on Thursday, October 3 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.  The store remains located at 613 N. Walnut Avenue in New Braunfels.

The project resulted in a 33% expansion of the building. The newly-renovated space includes a new back room for volunteers to accept, sort and price donated items and an expansion of 500 square feet to the sales floor.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the project was held in December of 2012 and the actual construction began May, 2013 following the permitting phase. The project was managed by Jimmy Jacobs Construction, with architectural work by CgM Architects and engineering by HMT Engineering. The project also included an expansion of the parking lot shared by both Hope Hospice and the Hope Hospice Thrift Shop.

The Hope Hospice Thrift Shop sells gently-used clothing for all ages and sizes – from infant and children’s to adult size 4X, housewares, decorative items, books, furniture, shoes and electronics.   “We make sure that we put out items that are clean and of good quality,” says Bailey.

All proceeds from the sale of items at the Hope Hospice Thrift Shop are used to support patients who otherwise could not afford Hope’s services, including children’s grief camps and bereavement counseling. The Hope Hospice Thrift Shop has typically raised about $200,000 annually and Hope’s two largest unfunded programs – the Community Assistance Program for uninsured and under-insured hospice patients and the Community Bereavement Program – come at an expense to Hope of approximately $500,000+ annually. Every $165 the Hope Hospice Thrift Shop raises could pay for a day of hospice care for a working-age adult who has lost their health insurance due to being too ill to work.

“I want to thank our active volunteers who dedicated their time and energy over the past summer to get our store up and running, “ says Bailey, “and I want to thank our devoted customers, donors and volunteers who have been holding on to their items during the past five months of construction.”

New Hope Hospice Thrift Shop hours are:

Monday (Donation Drop-Off Only – Store not open for shopping): 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday thru Friday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Donations are accepted Monday through Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

There is no pick-up service for donations at this time.

For additional information, contact: Cheryl Bailey, Thrift Store Manager at  (830) 625-4746

Click here to visit the Hope Hospice Thrift Shop Facebook page. Click “Like” to get updates!

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