Good food, good drinks, good cause: Barley, BBQ & Beats coming to Ann Arbor
ANN ARBOR, MI - Barley, BBQ & Beats in coming to Ann Arbor for the first time this September to raise money for holistic hospice care at Arbor Hospice. In addition to Ann Arbor, this year’s lineup includes fundraisers in Detroit, Grand Rapids, Cadillac, Traverse City and Alpena. Funds raised through Barley, BBQ & Beats go toward Hospice of Michigan’s Open Access Program, which is working toward removing barriers to access for folks in need of end-of-life care. Tickets for the event go live on March 15 at Arbor Hospice’s website. More from The Ann Arbor News:Alleged mistreatment of female, LGBTQ+ students under investigation by Ann Arbor schoolsSnowstorm winding down; Here’s what to expect this afternoon and this weekendPizzaForno is moving its pizza vending machines out of Jacksonmlive.com
Arbor Hospice seeking cosmetology volunteers to cut patients’ hair
ANN ARBOR, MI -- A Washtenaw County nonprofit is looking for licensed cosmetologists to volunteer to cut hair for hospice patients. Arbor Hospice, a nonprofit that cares for patients in hospice care and their families, is seeking these volunteers to provide in-home haircuts to patients throughout Washtenaw County and the surrounding area. While Arbor Hospice serves hospice patients of all ages, most patients would be elderly, said Alana Knoppow, Arbor Hospice volunteer project coordinator. In addition to nursing care, Arbor Hospice offers a variety of therapies and support services for families. Related: Arbor Hospice without inpatient facility for first time in 24 years after Saline closureVolunteer numbers have dipped as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Knoppow said.mlive.com
Arbor Hospice without inpatient facility for first time in 24 years after Saline closure
SALINE, MI -- An Ann Arbor hospice care organization is without an in-patient facility for the first time in 24 years after it closed its hospice wing in a Saline senior center. Arbor Hospice, affiliated with Hospice of Michigan, closed its in-patient hospice care facility on Friday, Dec. 9. In addition to nursing care, Arbor Hospice also offers a variety of therapies and support services for families. However, the closure of the inpatient facility marks the first time the organization has been without any such facility since 1998. Thom Hosinski, EHM Senior Solutions president/CEO, confirmed the closure, adding the company did not renew its contract with Arbor Hospice.mlive.com
Retiring official ‘passes the torch’ to new philanthropy director of Arbor Hospice
ANN ARBOR, MI — Arbor Hospice is saying goodbye to Judy Vindici, its philanthropy director of six years, and hello to Peggy Cole who is taking over the role. Vindici is passing the torch as director of philanthropy to Cole where she will now have responsibility for board and donor relations, major gift solicitations, and overall management of Arbor Hospice’s philanthropic efforts.mlive.com
Arbor Hospice seeks volunteers in Washtenaw, Jackson, Livingston counties
ANN ARBOR, MI -- Volunteers are needed at Arbor Hospice to assist staff in caring for patients and provide support for their families. The nonprofit is seeking volunteers to assist patients throughout Jackson, Livingston and Washtenaw counties, including Chelsea, Dexter, Grass Lake, Gregory, Jackson and Stockbridge. Due to the ongoing pandemic, families have been limited in visiting with their loved ones at Arbor Hospice, the organization said in a press release. Arbor Hospice in Ann Arbor and the Residence of Arbor Hospice in Saline are long-term care facilities in which comfort care is given to patients who are terminally ill. If interested in volunteering or to learn more on volunteering opportunities with Arbor Hospice, visit arborhospice.org.mlive.com
Upcoming Ann Arbor virtual camp to help children turn grief into good
ANN ARBOR, MI-- A free virtual camp for children grieving a loved one is making a last call for participants. Camp Good Grief is for children age 8 to 17 years old and is hosted by Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice. Throughout the virtual camp, children will be able to address their feelings and remember loved ones with the support of grief professionals and music therapists. All supplies for the activities will be provided free of charge and delivered to the child’s home by Arbor Hospice staff. READ MORE FROM THE ANN ARBOR NEWS:65% of University of Michigan students are now vaccinatedAnn Arbor City Council discusses shorter, less stressful meetingsMan accused of killing woman at Ann Arbor hotel argues self-defenseWhere to park and how to get around 2021 Ann Arbor Art Fair (with map)mlive.com
Annual kite flying event in Ann Arbor allows people to honor lost loved ones
ANN ARBOR, MI -- Reflect and remember loved ones who have passed at a kite flying event on Saturday, June 26. Fly and Remember will also feature readings from special guests, along with opportunities to share memories, see other participants’ kites and connect with the community. All families who have experienced the loss of a loved one are welcome, regardless of whether their loved one received care from Arbor Hospice, officials said. “It ties into the GrieveWells event, which they do the kite flying as well,” Arbor Hospice Grief support Services manager Margie Martin said. There will be small tents set up for those viewing kite flying with a group.mlive.com
Arbor Hospice needs donations to maintain services amid funding shortfall
SALINE, MI — Arbor Hospice is asking the public for help as it faces a room-and-board shortage that’s dwindling its funding. Despite applying for and receiving a small number of grants, the financial need to operate Arbor Hospice gets greater over time, officials said. Arbor Hospice, which is part of the NorthStar Care Community that also includes Hospice of Michigan, has been serving hospice patients and their families across Washtenaw County and surrounding communities since 1998. Arbor Hospice will host a benefit socially-distant golf outing, ‘Heroes for Arbor Hospice,’ on Tuesday, June 22, at the Eagle Crest Golf Club in Ypsilanti. To donate to The Residence of Arbor Hospice, please visit www.arborhospice.org/donate.mlive.com
Ann Arbor doctor earns fellow status from American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
ANN ARBOR – Medical director for Arbor Hospice and NorthStar Palliative Care, Thomas O’Neil, recently earned a fellow status from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He joined Arbor Hospice in December 2018. “Adding Fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine after my name enables me to further support Arbor Hospice’s hospice and palliative programs, and enhance patient care through research, advocacy and service,” said Dr. O’Neil in a release. AAHPM is the only medical specialty society for hospice and palliative medicine to span the U.S. It has supported hospice and palliative medicine since 1988 through development of a specialist workforce, professional education and training, research, support for clinical practice standards and advocacy.
Arbor Hospice to host free virtual music therapy sessions for people of all ages
ANN ARBOR – Arbor Hospice and Hospice of Michigan have partnered to host virtual music therapy sessions for adults and children coping with grief after losing a loved one. Both sessions are free and will feature trained music therapists from Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice. Ad“Research has shown the effectiveness of music therapy even in patients who are resistant to other treatment approaches,” Rachael Lawrence-Lupton, MA, MT-BC and music therapy supervisor for NorthStar Care Community said in a statement. For more information about Hospice of Michigan’s music therapy programs, click here. AdFor more information about Arbor Hospice’s music therapy programs, click here.
Hospice of Michigan, Arbor Hospice offer support group for young adults during pandemic
ANN ARBOR – Grief of losing a loved one can be exacerbated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainties in the months that lie ahead, especially when paired with pre-existing anxiety and depression. Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice have joined forces to help young adults in their 20s and 30s cope with grief through its online support group Living On For Young Adults. Run by trained, experienced grief counselors the program aims to address grief in a time when life during a pandemic can make it difficult to cope. For more information about Hospice of Michigan, click here. For more information about Arbor Hospice, click here.
U-M student, volunteer at Arbor Hospice to perform virtual concert on Christmas Eve
ANN ARBOR – University of Michigan student and music volunteer at Arbor Hospice, Sherwin Navaz, will be performing a virtual piano concert on Christmas Eve at 7 p.m. “As an Arbor Hospice music volunteer, Navaz brings comfort and peace to patients with serious and terminal illnesses,” read a news release. “Often, the sounds of his piano stir emotions and memories that otherwise feel like a lifetime away.”U-M student Sherwin Navaz will be putting on a free virtual concert on Christmas Eve. Viewers on Christmas Eve can expect to hear a diverse selection of music, from Beethoven to Chopin and The Sound of Music to The Beatles. To learn more about Arbor Hospice, visit www.arborhospice.org.
Arbor Hospice volunteers make ornaments for annual holiday fundraiser
ANN ARBOR – Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, one group of volunteers is helping raise funds for a local nonprofit by making handmade ornaments. For 25 years, volunteers with Arbor Hospice have created handmade Hearts of Remembrance ornaments during the holiday season as part of the nonprofit’s signature fundraising campaign, which raises $50,000 annually for the center. Arbor Hospice serves the greater Washtenaw area. “Arbor Hospice and the Arbor Hospice Foundation are so grateful and proud of this team of extraordinary women who’ve continued to work on these Hearts of Remembrance gifts during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Judy Vindici, director of philanthropy for Arbor Hospice said in a statement. Arbor Hospice recommends making a $25, tax-deductible gift for the first heart and $20 for each additional heart ordered together.
Hospice of Michigan, Arbor Hospice to hold Camp Good Grief virtually in August
ANN ARBOR, Mich. Ann Arbor-based Arbor Hospice and Hospice of Michigan are working together to offer this years Camp Good Grief online for free on Aug.15. Attendees at Virtual Camp Good Grief will have a chance to address their feelings, participate in grief education and emotional support activities, and interact with others going through similar experiences. Prior to Virtual Camp Good Grief, an education session for parents and guardians will be provided about the virtual format and about what children can expect during the camp. Arbor Hospice and Hospice of Michigan are both members of NorthStar Care Community and provide palliative care, emotional support services and pediatric hospice care among many other services. Learn more about Camp Good Grief here.
Ann Arbors GrieveWell to host 4th annual Kite Festival on Saturday
ANN ARBOR Local nonprofit GrieveWell will host its annual Kite Festival on Saturday on the grounds of Lillie Park Central from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.GrieveWell supports adults in grief through workshops, peer support and educational resources. The 4th annual Kite Festival offers participants of all ages the chance to celebrate life, honor the memory of loved ones, and enjoy the uplift and whimsy of kites, Carol Lessure, Executive Director of GrieveWell said in a statement. Fly your own kite and watch professional kite flyers demonstrate their skills at the event, in partnership with Pittsfield Township and Kites and Things Store in Plymouth. Winners will be chosen by the Kite Festivals participants and one winner will have their design printed onto a real kite. GrieveWell and Pittsfield Township ask that all participants at Lillie Park South adhere to state and CDC recommended guidelines including wearing a mask and practicing safe physical distancing.
Arbor Hospice receives generous grant for youth grief program from Ann Arbor nonprofit
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Arbor Hospice has recently received a grant from the Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor that will allow expanded support of the Arbor Hospice Camp Good Grief program. The free program offers campers experiences relating to emotional support and grief education facilitated through fun activities by Arbor Hospice grief support managers, experienced camp staff and trained volunteers. Children in the Ann Arbor area are eligible to attend the camp even if the loved one they are grieving was not receiving care from Arbor Hospice. On top of offering grief programs for community members, the nonprofit hospice organization offers palliative care, pediatric care, hospice care and grief support for those experiencing end of life illnesses and their families. More About the Kiwanis Club of Ann ArborThe Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor is the Ann Arbor chapter of the international service organization, Kiwanis International.