November 2014

The Holiday Season is Upon Us

With winter weather already upon us, the holiday season has officially arrived. Thanksgiving is in a couple days, beginning more than a month of holiday celebrations. It's a busy time of year for the Hospice Foundation as well. We hosted our 3rd Annual Okuyamba Fest last month; our Friends of Hospice campaign is wrapping up; we are putting the finishing touches on this year's Annual Appeal; and plans for next year's Helping Hands Award Dinner are quickly coming together.


But this time of year can be very difficult for those who recently suffered the loss of a loved one. The death of someone close to us can completely change the holiday season. Many people find that long-held traditions don't have the same meaning, or that they increase the feeling of loss. With this in mind, Center for Hospice Care's Life Transition Center offers programs specifically designed for the holiday season. For more information on these programs, call 574.255.1064.


With Thanksgiving in mind, it's a good time to note that we are very thankful for everyone who supports our initiatives. From those who sponsor or attend events like the Helping Hands Award Dinner, Walk for Hospice, Bike Michiana for Hospice and Okuyamba Fest, to those who give donations in memory or honor of a loved one, or those who host third-party events on our behalf, we value the trust that each and every one of them places with us in giving their gift. To help further that trust, we are conducting our second donor survey, which you can read about in this issue.


In closing, we would like to offer our sincere thanks to everyone who helps us in our mission to improve the quality of living in our communities . . . donors, volunteers and staff. We could not do what we do without all of you!


Mike Wargo

Chief Operating Officer

Giving Tuesday 2014

Thanksgiving. Black Friday. Cyber Monday.


We have a day for giving thanks. We have two days for getting deals. Now we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.


This year, the Hospice Foundation's Annual Appeal will be part of Giving Tuesday. Center for Hospice Care is Indiana's most chosen hospice program, serving more patients than any other hospice provider in the state. By the number of patients served – 1,993 in 2013 – CHC ranks in the top 5% of all hospice programs in the US.


The landscape of healthcare in America continues to change at a rapid pace. And as the Baby Boomer generation ages, the need for end-of-life care will become even greater. This growing need for hospice services comes at a time when there are fewer healthcare dollars available to provide them.


When CHC opened its doors in 1980, we made a promise that no one eligible for hospice care would ever be turned away – regardless of their ability to pay. It's a circle of caring that extends throughout our eight-county service area. We invite you to be part of it by making a gift to this year's Annual Appeal.

2014 Donor Survey

There is nothing more important than trust for a not-for-profit organization like Center for Hospice Care/Hospice Foundation. Not only do we need to earn the trust of our patients and their loved ones, we also need to earn and maintain the trust of our donors. 


The importance of this trust is never more important – or more visible – than when it comes to how we use our donors' contributions. Being good stewards of these contributions takes more than transparency. It means asking questions of our donors and listening carefully to their answers.


In order to make sure that we are living up to the level of trust donors show by making their generous contributions, the Hospice Foundation is once again conducting a survey to gauge their opinions. As a donor, we hope you will take a few minutes to fill out a short online survey. We appreciate your time and look forward to reading your comments.

Road to Hope Fundraiser: Win Tickets to a Fleetwood Mac Concert and a Meet-and-Greet with Stevie Nicks

Every now and then, an opportunity comes along that seems too good to be true. Most of the time, those opportunities are just that . . . But not this time! You can win tickets to Fleetwood Mac's concert in San Diego on December 2, 2014, and join Pretty Little Liars and Vampire Diaries star Torrey DeVitto to meet Stevie Nicks. Even better, proceeds from this fundraiser benefit Center for Hospice Care/Hospice Foundation’s Road to Hope fund, which supports orphaned child caregivers in Uganda. 


Click here to enter the sweepstakes

A donation of just $10 gets you entered into the sweepstakes. The package includes a one night stay at the Hard Rock San Diego Hotel in a luxurious Hard Rock Suite with VIP check-in and $200 dining credit at Nobu Restaurant. Estimated value of the package is $5,000. Every $10 you donate will get you an additional entry into the sweepstakes. Click here for complete rules.


There's another opportunity to win! The person who raises the most money will receive a pair of concert tickets and a meet and greet with Stevie Nicks and Torrey DeVitto. Click here for complete rules.


In collaboration with the Palliative Care Association of Uganda, the Road to Hope fund provides ongoing support for orphaned children who cared for one or both of their dying parents. The most frequent diagnosis was HIV/AIDS or cancer. These children are a reminder of the plight of child palliative caregivers in Uganda, a country where the life expectancy is 54 and the median age is 15. For more information on Road to Hope, visit

3rd Annual Okuyamba Fest

Social media and gossip magazines are full of stories about celebrities and charities. They show up on the red carpet of the event to be interviewed and photographed. But how often do these celebrities actually take an active role with those charities, or truly believe in the cause? PopSugar's Brandi Milloy is one who does.


In September 2013, Brandi heard about the Road to Hope program through her friend, actress Torrey DeVitto (Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars), who was in Africa for the filming of the Road to Hope documentary. Since then, Brandi has traveled to Uganda to volunteer with the Palliative Care Association of Uganda (PCAU), done red carpet interviews at the Road to Hope Hollywood event, and most recently was the keynote speaker at the 3rd Annual Okuyamba Fest held at CHC's Mishawaka Campus.


When Brandi speaks of her time in Uganda, her passion for the work PCAU does is evident. Her message to those in attendance was clear: what we see as a little contribution goes a long way in making the lives of children on the Road to Hope brighter. Along with Brandi's moving speech, attendees also viewed a trailer for Road to Hope and had the opportunity to preview one of the scenes from the upcoming documentary.


The evening included a selection of international foods, beers and wines, and a silent auction featuring Ugandan arts and crafts. The event raised $3,155 for the Road to Hope fund. For more information about Road to Hope visit

Movie Time at Center for Hospice Care

Center for Hospice Care’s Life Transition Center recently introduced its Dinner/Lunch & a Movie program. Alternating between lunch and dinner, the programs feature a movie dealing with grief. Bereaved individuals are invited to share the movie and meal. 


So far, movies shown include We Bought a Zoo starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson, Under the Tuscan Sun starring Diane Lane, and Raising Helen starring Kate Hudson. Following the movie, an optional round table discussion is held to talk about the grief and loss themes presented in the movie. More events will be scheduled soon. 


Given the extensive interest in the new program, the Life Transition Center hopes to make these a monthly event. The program is free, but space is limited, so registration is required. The events are held at Center for Hospice Care’s Mishawaka Campus, located at 501 Comfort Place (just east of Central Park). If you would like more information on the program contact or call 574-255-1064.



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