We are a grassroots group of volunteers who hope to foster and develop a compassionate community within St Albert and Sturgeon county that honours and supports patients and caregivers in their end of life journey; that is to support living fully until the end.
Broda Chair Initiative
We do this through partnership with the local 10 bed hospice Foyer Lacombe (run by Covenant Care), through fundraising support to provide the “extras” for hospice clients and caregivers to make their stay more comfortable and supportive. Some of the recent improvements we have supported through fundraising dollars have been two Broda chairs (mobile reclining chairs) that allow clients to leave their room in comfort and a large bariatric bed that allows family members more space to lay beside their loved ones.
Foyer Lacombe Tub Room Renovation
Another large fundraising project we were recently involved in was to support a large renovation of Foyer Lacombe’s tub room which needed major improvements to make it a comfortable and safe environment for hospice clients. This project is currently underway and will be a major upgrade for the hospice clientele. We identify hospice needs through our relationship with hospice administrative and nursing staff, then plan our fundraising projects around those identified needs.
Connect Cafe Program
Secondly we are involved in community education events with our “Connect Cafe” where we organize speakers for quarterly free presentations to the public on a variety of topics such as end of life decision making, available palliative supports in the community and how to discuss your medical wishes with your loved ones. Funds are needed for advertising and promotion of the presentations as well as a small amount for refreshments and printed handouts for cafe guests.
Compassionate Community Volunteer Program
Lastly our newest program is a “Compassionate Community Volunteer Program” for which we have 5 trained volunteers available to be matched with end of life clients and their caregivers in their homes to help support those who do not make it to hospice care due to waiting times or wish to stay at home, but still require a helping hand with respite, companionship or simply help with errands.
We enhance the medical care already provided by home care nursing staff and have partnered with AHS home care staff and the local Primary Care Network to help identify clients who could benefit from this service.
Funds are required in this program for volunteer supplies, promotional costs and administrative support.
If you have a passion for fundraising please feel free to contact us for information on how you can help with our fundraising committee or for event planning and management.