WESTERN SLOPE Building support for hospice services

By Bill Tiedje

Providing the region with unmatched end-of-life care for decades, an advisory committee of HopeWest Hospice met in Ridgway on June 10 to discuss ways to find more support for the organization's operating costs and programming from donors in Ouray County.

A volunteer-driven non- profit, HopeWest offers palliative care for the seriously ill, daily hospice care for patients within six months of dying as well as grief counseling for youth and adults at all stages of life.
These services are provided to all individuals with or without medical insurance.
Heirlooms for Hospice, an upscale resale store located at 435 East Main St. in Montrose, is essential in making these services possible, directing all proceeds from sales to support HopeWest services.
Heirlooms for Hospice is staffed by 120 volunteers working in 12 shifts.
These caring volunteers, in turn, support 12 registered nurses and many social workers that provide HopeWest patients with needed medical and bereavement support.
"A lot of hospice work starts after death," noted advisory member Kelvin Kent.
Kent suggested an educational and marketing program was important to get the word out to the public about the need for hospice services.
The committee also discussed the types of items accepted at Heirlooms, ranging from dining room sets to clothing, during the advisory group meeting on June 10.
"It's always phenomenal… the beautiful things that come through the door," said HopeWest communication director Nancy Hoganson.
In addition to drop-offs at the Montrose location, Heirlooms will also pickup large donations, typically on Wednesdays, throughout Ouray County, including Ouray, Ridgway and Log Hill.
For more information, visit www.hopewestco.org or stop by the Heirlooms for Hospice store in Montrose, open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday.