January 2015

Starting the Year Out With a Flair

Rather than starting 2015 by resolving to do something, we decided to start it off with a simple announcement. Hospice Foundation (HF) and Center for Hospice Care (CHC) are proud to announce that we will be honoring Lou Behre with the 31st Annual Helping Hands Award on May 6, 2015! The theme for this year's event, "Service with a Flair," is so fitting in honoring Lou, who never thinks twice about giving to the community through his flawless orchestration of so many extraordinary and meaningful events. 


The beginning of a new year also brings a new events cycle for HF. Obviously, plans for the Helping Hands Award Dinner are already well under way. In addition, registration for the 7th Annual Bike Michiana for Hospice event, which will be held September 13th, is in full swing. Plans are also being formed for this year's Walk for Hospice and Okuyamba Fest, just to name a few. Look for formal announcements about all of this year's events in future newsletters.


One of our ongoing priorities is to educate the community about the various services offered by CHC. One area supported by gifts made to the Hospice Foundation are bereavement services, which are offered in our Elkhart and Plymouth offices as well as at the Life Transition Center (LTC), located on our Mishawaka Campus. Did you know that CHC's grief services are available to anybody residing in our eight-county service area who is grieving the loss of a loved one? No previous connection to CHC is necessary. You can learn more about one of our unique programs, the "After Images" Art Counseling program, in this month's newsletter.


As 2015 kicks off, we want to take a moment to thank all of our donors, volunteers and supporters for making 2014 a record-breaking year. CHC served 2,123 patients last year and provided more than $1.6 million in community bereavement counseling, and discounted and unreimbursed patient care. Without the support of each and every one of you, this would not be possible. Please accept our deepest thanks, and we look forward to continuing to serve our community for many years to come!


Mike Wargo

Chief Operating Officer

31st Annual Helping Hands Award Dinner
to Honor Lou Behre

On Wednesday, May 6, 2015, Center for Hospice Care will honor Lou Behre with the 31st Annual Helping Hands Award. For the past 30 years, Lou has endeared himself to our community with his immutable service. He has lent his wit, talent, and caring commitment to a multitude of organizations that make a difference in people's lives.


Lou has left his signature on The Center for History, Logan Center, the Snite Museum, the South Bend Symphony, and WNIT, as well as Center for Hospice Care, just to name a few. He gets it done -- and he does it right and extremely well -- putting his personal touch on each and every event with which he is involved, while respecting the unique personality of those being honored and that of the institution hosting the event.


To get more information about this year's event or sponsorship opportunities, contact Cyndy Searfoss at 574.277.4203 or SearfossC@centerforhospice.org.


Since 1985, the Helping Hands Award has honored an individual, couple, or family who demonstrates civic and charitable stewardship to improve the quality of living in the communities served by Center for Hospice Care. The award recognizes the recipients for exhibiting exceptional generosity, outstanding community achievements, direct financial support, or by motivating others to give. 

7th Annual Bike Michiana for Hospice

With winter weather gripping the area, it may not seem like the time to be thinking about cycling. But it's never too early to start planning for the 7th Annual Bike Michiana for Hospice on September 13, 2015! 


With more than 125 riders already registered, this year's event is shaping up to be the best one yet. As always, we will provide riders with the best SAG stop food anywhere, in addition to music at each SAG, and a fantastic party at St. Patrick's County Park following the ride. All of the things you love about this event will be back, but with some new twists as well!


We also want our riders to feel that they are truly part of the event. Have an idea for a Bike Michiana for Hospice jersey? We want to see it! Post it to our Facebook Page to enter your design. We will be accepting designs through the end of February. Once all designs are received, we will choose five finalists. The final design will be chosen by the number of likes it receives on Facebook. If your design is chosen, you will receive four free registrations for you and your family or friends. 


Early-bird registration is available for $40 until May 1st. Be sure to register online or go to www.bikemichianaforhospice.org to print a registration form.

"After Images" Art Counseling

Providing education and support to those who are grieving due to the death of someone in their lives is the overarching goal of Center for Hospice Care's Life Transition Center (LTC). For some, expressing their grief through art provides a path to healing.


Dave Labrum, who has a master's of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan and a master's in counseling from Indiana University, is uniquely qualified to lead "After Images" bereavement art counseling. Those who take part in the program create their artwork alone in the program's studio space at LTC, with Labrum's support and guidance.


The art studio is a place where clients come to feel safe and are able to express their grief openly and honestly. Labrum states his participants often feel uncertain about their ability to create art. The majority have no art background or training, but quickly move beyond their concerns by immersing themselves in the art process, experimenting with materials such as oil paint sticks, pastels, and acrylic paints to create pieces that enable them to experience their feelings in a new way.


To learn more about the "After Images" program, contact CHC's Life Transition Center at 574.255.1064. 



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