The Magic of Hospice and its Volunteers

Our hospice volunteers, headed up by Dottie Hildebrand, are the singularly best group ever convened. Passion doesn’t begin to describe the commitment with which they serve. Surely, they could rightfully adopt the postman’s credo as their own, “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds”.

Several years ago, volunteers planted the seeds of a humble dream—make Yakima a good place to die. A simple concept, really, but a daunting task.

Fast-forward to July, 2012. The brand-new Cottage in the Meadow campus was opened to the public last month for tours. It was hard to decide just WHO was most excited: The generous donors who supported this vision, or the volunteers who stayed the course for several years, working out every conceivable wrinkle to make this dream come true.

The Memorial Foundation has had the humbling privilege of trying to keep up with these many fine people, catching the loose ends of meetings and ideas into a comprehensible plan to obtain funding for the Cottage. And, the volunteers ran with it. For years! Congratulations on a job well done. Thank you for your vision, tireless energy, and unwavering support. We are so very grateful.

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