Page 10 - 2020 Annual Report
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 Our volunteers had heavy hearts at the height of the pandemic. Volunteers were restricted from providing companionship to our patients in facilities, nor were they able to visit patients in their personal residences. Our Schneidmiller House volunteers took major precautions while helping to provide visitor screening and temperature checks. Our pet therapists were also required to take “paws,” but we had one beautiful exception. One of our facility patients transitioned towards end-of-life. He had the same pet therapist for over 2 years. The facility director collaborated with the family and pet therapist volunteer and granted an exception. The pet therapist and his dog went into the patient’s room. Though the patient was non-responsive, we know they can still hear and sense us. The volunteer talked about all their visits and let the patient know that he would miss him, but that it was okay to let go whenever he felt ready. Before their exit, the dog put his paws up on the patient’s bed, put his head down, and sat for a moment. The pet therapist told him it was time to leave, and they quietly exited the patient’s room. The patient died later that evening. It was a beautiful experience for our volunteers and the patient’s family.
   Hours of Thrift
VOLUNTEER
THRIFT STORE
Store Support
ADMINISTRATIVE
GENERAL MISSION SUPPORT
10,062
  8,939
  PATIENT SUPPORTHOURS Thrift Store
Support
HOURS
 124
VOLUNTEER SUPPORT HOURS
VOLUNTEERS
 379
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554
657,6
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