Page 20 MARCH 2015 The Gold Country Times M A K I N G A D I F F E R E N C E Celebrating Hospice Volunteers Jerry & Rose Stout are passionate about helping people with their skills and knowledge. Photo by Martin Johnson Living Joyfully Again! Martin Johnson Reporter Jerry & Rose Stout traveled from Durango, Colorado (Louis L’Amour country) to The Ione Hotel, Kitchen & Bar to host a threeday workshop on healing “unresolved trauma, grief, &/or loss”. It was held on the 7th, 8th, & 9th of March. The 3 days cost $300. That is a $100 per day NOT per hour! This was truly a workshop and not a lecture. Attendees received practical tools to use long after the 3-day workshop. Terry & Rose dealt with all kinds of trauma and grief. Unresolved trauma can play havoc on one’s life and the holder rarely knows it is doing so. This workshop was “good stuff” for everybody! Terry Stout is an MsD, MFT, CHT, GRS and Rose is a CMT. I was able to meet Terry & Rose privately for this article. The most important quality beyond all the “titles” was obvious in that meeting. They are passionate about helping people with their skills and knowledge. They bring their loving hearts, knowledge and training to their workshops. Their theme is: “When the heart is broken; take the pieces and make art”. Contact information: Website: www.hokseda.com/grief or Email: [email protected] Phone # is 970-946-1438. Bunco for Breast Cancer is coming April 17th, 2015, at the Jackson Rancheria Casino and Resort. The theme this year is 'Super Heroes' in honor of all those heroes who have been touched by cancer. Get your costume ideas together. Registrations will be in the mail soon, so mark your calendars and gather your teams. We sell out early each year and don't want anyone to be disappointed. Registration is $35 per person for early registration. Checks payable to Amador STARS. Half teams will be made up of 6 players and full teams will be made up of 12 players. You must register together to play together. Single players may register, but no guarantee you will play (unless we get 6 singles registered, before we fill up the tables.) Team captains, start collecting your registration checks from your team soon. Please remember, we need the name, email and address of each player, so we can contact them with event information. Bunco is an easy and fun dice game that anyone can learn. Each April, we gather to celebrate and raise funds to help local women on the breast cancer journey with free wigs, support groups, transportation and more. This fun event features gourmet desserts, a cash raffle, costume contest, amazing auctions, and of course plenty of Bunco play! For more information, please contact Amador STARS at 267-1246. During National Volunteer Week, Hospice of Amador & Calaveras Honors those who Give Selflessly to Others. Over 40 years ago, the U.S. hospice movement was founded by dedicated volunteers who wanted to bring compassion and care to people at life’s end. This commitment to volunteering among our nation’s hospices continues to be a foundation of hospice care. During National Volunteer Week, April 12-18, Hospice of Amador & Calaveras is celebrating the many gifts of its dedicated volunteers from our community who provide support, companionship and dignity to patients and family caregivers facing serious and life-limiting illness. “Hospice care began as a grassroots volunteer-driven movement and without volunteers, we could not do the work we have been doing at Hospice of Amador & Calaveras since 1982,” said Dan Riordan, Executive Director. "Volunteers are the heartbeat of our agency, without them it would be difficult to do the work we do," said Ann Metherd, Volunteer Coordinator. More than 200 volunteers provide over 21 thousand hours per year to help Hospice of Amador & Calaveras care for patients and families in the community. These hours also include our thrift store/fundraising and bereavement volunteers. Hospice volunteers often serve patients and families at the bedside but they also assist in the office, help raise awareness, contribute to educational programs, and provide fundraising support and more. The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization reports that there are an estimated 355,000 trained hospice volunteers providing more than 16 million hours of service to hospice programs each year. An estimated 1.6 million patients in the U.S. are cared for by hospice every year. Hospice volunteers help the people they serve live every moment of life to the fullest and enable the organizations they work with to achieve their mission in the community. Most hospice volunteers choose to give their time helping others because of their own experience with the compassionate care hospice provided to a dying loved one. The following is a quote from Ann Andrews 15 year volunteer when she was asked why she volunteers, "I feel like I need and want to give back because I feel I have been given so much." "The contribution I am giving makes me feel good. I enjoy working with the staff even though I may not know all of them personally I feel a part of Hospice Offers Volunteer Training Hospice of Amador & Calaveras is offering training for Family Support Volunteers. Volunteers provide special comfort to terminally ill patients and their families. Volunteers can help by sitting with patients and listening, reading to them, running errands or assisting in many other ways. Veterans are also encouraged to call and learn more about our Veteran- to-Veteran Volunteer Program. The training will be held April 21, 22, & 23 at the Amador Senior Center in Jackson. For those interested in finding out more about the training or to receive an application, please contact Ann Metherd by email [email protected] or at 209223-5500. the team. They help me feel that way." It is federally mandated under Medicare that five percent of all patient care hours be provided by trained volunteers reflecting the vital role that volunteers play in the provision of care. For those interested in learning more about hospice or volunteer opportunities, please contact Ann Metherd, Volunteer Coordinator, or visit online at hospiceofamador.org or contact us at (209) 223-5500. Hospice of Amador & Calaveras Annual Candle Lighting Ceremony celebrated on Sunday, May 3, 3pm, at the park in Mokelumne Hill. Everyone who has suffered the loss of a loved one is invited to attend. For additional information on this celebration of life, contact the hospice office at either (209) 223-5500 or (209) 736-9442. Knitting for a Cause - the Period of Purple Crying Campaign In our efforts to bring awareness and education to our community about child abuse prevention, our focus for April - Child Abuse Prevention Month - is on the Period of Purple Crying. Our aim is to bring attention to and educate parents and the community about this sensitive time and to the dangers of reacting in frustration with a baby’s crying, such as shaking or harming them in some other way. We are inviting knitters and crocheters throughout the county to create purple hats for newborn babies of Amador County. To launch our project, information about the Period of Purple Crying and limited amounts of purple yarn are being delivered to locations in all parts of the county. We thank the many businesses and organizations that will be displaying this information about the Period of Purple Crying and coordinating the collecting of the hats: The Camanche Lake Community Center; Clark’s Corner Café and the Ione Family Learning Center in Ione; The Hole Affair, Sierra Wind and First 5 Amador in Jackson; The Sewing Cottage in Martell; Joy’s Yarn Shop and the Upcountry Community Center in Pine Grove; Possibili-Teas in Pioneer; Plymouth City Hall; the River Pines Store; the Sutter Creek Gallery; and The Country Store in Volcano. Completed hats can be returned to the various locations, to the Child Abuse Prevention Council’s office at the Margaret Dalton Children’s Center, 975 Broadway in Jackson, or at the “Celebrate Our Children” event which will be held April 18th at Argonaut High School in Jackson. All hats are then distributed to parents and families of newborns in partnership with Sutter Amador Hospital and the Baby Welcome Program, a project of the Amador County Health Department and First 5 Amador. And while Child Abuse Prevention month is once a year, we are gladly accepting hats all year long. As a community member how can you help? Touch bases with new parents so that they have someone to talk to or to care for their child, and so they can take a short break. Reassure them that they are not doing anything wrong for not being able to stop their baby from crying. The Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council believes every child deserves to live a safe life free from violence.
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