When Connie and Jim Fleck are in Florida during the winter months, they keep busy by volunteering for Cornerstone Hospice.
Connie, a retired nurse, started volunteering seven years ago visiting patients in their homes or facilities to provide conversation and good cheer or to give caregivers a break. Last year, Jim went through training so he could become a Cornerstone SALUTES! veteran volunteer who honors veterans in Cornerstone’s care.
“It is so fulfilling. The rewards are amazing,” said Jim who served in the U.S. Army in the late 1950’s. “I just got a thank you card from a family whose loved one I had honored. You can really touch someone’s life.”
Connie agrees and says volunteer training and the Cornerstone Hospice team helped them feel comfortable around patients and families facing their very special journey.
“Often patients are at ease with their decision to receive hospice care and I’ve been able to learn from that,” said Connie. “It put any fears I had at ease. I love helping them and their families.”
Like many Florida residents, the Flecks traveled back to Ohio for the summer and Cornerstone Hospice seeks more volunteers to help patients as other temporary residents have left Lake County until the fall.
All volunteers must go through training and the next class is scheduled for Friday, May 17 and 24 (both days), 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at 4215 CR 561, Tavares.
Lunch and refreshments will be provided. For more information or to register, contact Bettie LoCicero at 352-742-6827 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.