Over the years so many families have been affected by the wonderful organization known as Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton. Hospice care is designed to support families and address the needs of patients facing terminal illnesses with a holistic approach in order to meet their physical, spiritual and emotional challenges.
Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton is a community-based, non-profit organization that was founded in 1978. What began with a couple of nurses and handful of volunteers has grown over the years to employ hundreds and serve about 600 patients and families daily. The caring and compassionate staff and facility have provided free care in the Dayton region for nearly 40 years.
What you may not realize is that as recently as 15 years ago, the majority of hospice care in the United States was provided by not-for-profit, community-based hospices. Today 65 percent of all hospice providers are for-profit.
President and CEO Kent Anderson says that as a not-for-profit more of the organization’s revenue goes directly into providing care and services for the patients and families, rather than to shareholders. “With a landscape of reduced reimbursement and increasing regulation, the mission of community-based not-for-profit hospice requires increased local support to expand quality services, protect jobs and maintain relationships with local partners,” Anderson says.
One of the ways Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton raises money is through its Heirlooms Shoppes. All proceeds from these shoppes provide support for palliative care, end-of-life care and grief counseling programs for our community. That’s where our readers come in; the inventory in these shops is entirely donated.
What they need
- Gently used home furniture
- Decorator items and accessories
- Speedway Gift Cards to fuel the Heirlooms donation truck
To schedule pick-up of larger items, call (937) 294-9200. Smaller items may be dropped off at either Heirlooms Shoppes location: 1413 Wilmington Ave. in Kettering and 461 Miamisburg-Centerville Road in Centerville. The hours at the Kettering store are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The hours at the Centerville store are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
OTHER WAYS TO HELP:
Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton fundraisers include:
- “Come and Sea Outrageous 3: Under the Sea HairShow” slated for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at Sinclair Community College’s Ponitz Center.
- 3k/5k Remembrance Walk on Oct. 22, slated for 10 a.m. on Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton Campus.
- Cosmic Bowl from 1-3 p.m. on Nov. 13 at Poelking-Woodman Lanes
Visit Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton’s website at www.hospiceofdayton.org.
Each week, Meredith Moss profiles non-profit organizations in our region and their specific needs. If you know of a group that would like to share a wish list with our readers, contact Meredith: MMoss@coxohio.com
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