by Hathan Hokama
“Golden apples in silver settings are words spoken at the proper time.” – Proverbs 25:11
Every St. Francis Hospice volunteer brings a special presence into the lives of our hospice patients. Their role is invaluable in making the final months, days and moments of our patients a special, rewarding experience. Whether they go to our inpatient centers, skilled nursing facilities in the community or to the homes of our patients, our volunteers can say just the right words at the right time to brighten the day of our patients. Volunteering at St. Francis requires a special commitment to our high standards of quality. Before officially becoming a St. Francis volunteer, they must participate in in-depth training sessions, typically held on Saturday mornings or weekday evenings that total 16 hours.
Congratulations to the following 15 volunteers who recently graduated from the February sessions and are now ready to serve our patients: Nana Aiu, Adam Bajinting, Anji Lowe, Al Maldonado, Cheryl H. Manago, Desiree Mandujano, Jean Manly, Keoki Mitchell, Eva Miyashiro, Holly Ann Naholowaa, Chai-Pei Nyo, Shannon Roberts-Musch, Juanita Ruis, Fran Shigemasa, and Lurline Van Elten.
If you know of someone who may be interested in volunteering, the tireless Volunteer Program department is now accepting applications for the next round of training sessions that will be held on March 9, 11, 13 and 16. To register, contact Patty Martin, Director of Volunteer Programs, at 547-8134 or firstname.lastname@example.org.