Summer 2021 Newsletter

What is "Hospice Friends"?

Hospice Friends is a 501-C-3 nonprofit charitable organization that provides peace, comfort and care to those facing a life-threatening illness, the frail elderly, those with a chronic-illness or disability and others with short-term medical needs in Kittitas County.

An Interview with Suzie Norris, Board President

Human Resource Professional

Why did you choose to be a Board member for Hospice Friends?

Hospice endeared itself to me several years ago when they provided care to my godmother, Audrey. She “graduated” from Hospice care two times. At 100 years old, her heart was failing. When the team from Hospice initiated care, Audrey felt the comfort from them. They also provided respite care for me.  

After Audrey passed, the team continued to keep in touch with me. The organization of Hospice and their mission is outstanding. I learned of Hospice Friends in Kittitas County, and they provide support not just to Hospice patients, but to the community at large. I can add value in my dedication to the community.

How has serving on Hospice Friends Board made a difference in your life?

There are many layers to the organization I was not aware of and believe the community may not be either. Continually learning, sharing the message of Hospice Friends and promoting the services to the community is an honor. I am very happy to be involved with this amazing group of dedicated people from our community.

What would you like to tell our donors that help keep Hospice Friends services free to our community?

Hospice Friends is a non-profit. Except for the few staff members in the Ellensburg and Cle Elum locations, we are all volunteers. Everyone is dedicated and passionate to provide the care, equipment, incontinence supplies and nutritional supplements to those who need it in our community. The support that our donors provide in their time, talent and treasure is extremely impactful and appreciated. We are thankful and cannot do this without them!

Interviews with other Board Members

Barb Becker, Former Board President, Current Board Member

Former Nurse

What would you like the community to know about Hospice Friends?

Hospice Friends is the best kept secret in Kittitas County.  If anyone needs incontinence supplies, durable medical equipment or a trained and trusted volunteer, we are the place to go!

Nancy Gore Current Board Member

Former Director of Cancer Information Service at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

How has serving on Hospice Friends Board made a difference in your life?

I marvel at the abundant and incredible passion of the people associated with Hospice Friends – the small staff and all the volunteers who make the mission of Hospice Friends come alive. Witnessing their ongoing commitment and creativity is helping me figure out how I can be of greatest help.

Where are Hospice Friends offices located?

Ellensburg: 302 E 2nd Ave., Ellensburg, WA 98926

Client services hours are Monday-Friday 9:00am-4:00pm

(509)968-5117

 

Upper County: 617 Power St., Cle Elum, WA 98922

Client services hours are Tuesday & Wednesday 9:00am-2:00pm

(509)656-4721

What was Hospice Friends Impact on Kittitas County in 2020, according to our clients?

I have nothing but the best to say about Hospice Friends volunteers and staff. They have made a tremendous difference in my life. I had an accident where my leg had to be amputated. I did not have a way to get a wheelchair. I was able to borrow a wheelchair, walker, and cane. I recommend Hospice Friends because the hospitality and the service were easy and simple to use. It is because of donors, I had access to the equipment that I needed. Hospice Friends is #1 resource in Kittitas County. I want the donors, volunteers, board, and staff to know how much it is appreciated. D.B. 2020

Everyone is happy & friendly. The Ensure, personal hygiene wipes, and cane made it easier. It helped us financially because the services are free of charge. I am a single mom that also cares for my mother. The Ensure helped my mom get the nutrients she needed after a cardiovascular incident. After several months of using the Ensure, mom became strong enough to stop using the cane that Hospice Friends let her borrow. We have already recommended Hospice Friends to family and friends because it is a great place to be. I now volunteer because the help given to my mom.  P.E. 2020

Every time I have needed something, the service has been good. The nutritional drink helped me supplement my protein. I also want to thank my Hospice Friends volunteer Sharon. I recommend Hospice Friends. D.Y. 2020

What is The Tree of Love and what was its impact in February 2021?

Hospice Friends holds the Tree of Love Memorial Celebration for Kittitas County each year in December with the exception of last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Tree of Love is a community event for family and friends that have lost a loved one. It is an event for those to know that they are not alone. This is an experience to see that others are going through similar changes as they are. Also, it is an occasion to honor their loved ones. The 2020 Tree of Love was held online February 26, 2021.

Tree of Love Memorial Celebration 2020 in 2021

Loved Ones Memorialized: 68