Volunteers Sought at Haynes House

Volunteers Sought at Haynes House

Volunteers Sought at Haynes House

Family and friends celebrated two birthdays on September 11. Congratulations to Dave Forrest, who turned 80, and his  granddaughter Audrey Saunders, who just turned 21.

Family and friends celebrated two birthdays on September 11. Congratulations to Dave Forrest, who turned 80, and his
granddaughter Audrey Saunders, who just turned 21.

The Haynes House of Hope has been exceptionally busy this year, having welcomed 15 residents since January. Haynes House provides care for the terminally ill and their families in a home-like setting at no cost. The need for Haynes House’s services in the local region is great. Currently there is a waiting list for prospective residents. “With more volunteers, the house will be able to maintain its round-the-clock care and serve more people,” said executive director Carol Finke. “The benefits are immeasurable. Volunteers help to give a quality of life at the end of life, whether taking walks with a resident, hearing their stories or just making them feel accepted where they are.”

Those interested in volunteering do not need any special experience. On-the-job training is provided by experienced staff and volunteers; new volunteers shadow a long-time volunteer before working on their own. A usual volunteer shift is four hours. All volunteers have 24/7 support from the executive director.

The Haynes House of Hope accepts patients in a 50-mile radius of Granville, N.Y., including all of Washington County, southern Warren County, and in Vermont, from as far south as Bennington up to Rutland. Medical care is provided by High Peaks Hospice of Warren County. Patients must meet specific criteria. Priority is given to people who have the most significant needs and who have the least options. Haynes House is located at 7187 State Route 149 in Granville, N.Y. To learn more or schedule a visit, call Carol Finke at 518-642-8155.

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