Why I love my job

The following guest blog was authored by Nigel Allen, Director of Gift & Estate Planning at Covenant Hospice. 

 I believe I have one of the best of all possible jobs at Covenant Hospice. 

 Why?

 Because it allows me to share the passion I feel about the importance of what Covenant Hospice’s care means for so many people and organizations in our community.  It also gives me the opportunity to hear countless stories from grateful family members about how Covenant was able to ease the burden of their loved ones during a critical time in their lives. 

 It has also enabled me to work closely with a huge number of incredibly generous donors who choose to honor the memory of their loved ones with gifts that enable us to continue providing compassionate end-of-life care for all who need it.

 What is amazing for me is to see just how much of an impact gifts from donors make in the lives of the people we care for.  It is also humbling to witness the joy many of our donors experience when making a gift that honors a loved one’s memory that also helps other people going through their own hospice experience.

 Over the last several years support from our community has made a huge impact in our ability to provide enhanced care and support for patients and their loved ones.  Here are just some of the programs that have been made possible through their generosity:

  •  Creation of the Sam Goldenberg Patient and Family Support fund that has helped more than 150 families facing financial hardships while dealing with the life-limiting illness of a loved one.
  • Successful expansion and modernization of our Joyce Goldenberg Hospice Residence from six semi-private rooms to 16 family suites with state-of-the-art medical facilities.
  • Establishment of a “We Honor Veterans” program  that provides veterans with special recognition and thanks for all they have done and specialized care for any issues they may be facing as a result of their service to our nation. 
  • Substantial support for a variety of children’s support bereavement programs including a recently introduced Butterfly Bag bereavement kit for grieving children and their parents to use and almost 30 one-day Camp Monarch bereavement sessions.  Since 2004 donor contributions have enabled our children’s support staff to care for more than 1,000 children through individual counseling, as well as special programs such as Camp Monarch. 
  • Funding support for Final Wishes, a 36-page guidebook of important details and information families need to know (and do) when a loved one dies.  Final Wishes is now available to any Covenant Hospice patient or family member who needs it as well as anyone in the community who requests it. 
  • A variety of individual gifts and bequests that have made it possible for patients and families receiving care at our in-patient units to receive free Wi-Fi access, complimentary meals and computer access when they are away from home. 

We are grateful beyond words for the incredible support we receive from so many people in the communities we serve.  It makes everything we do possible…

…and helps to explain why I love my job.

 

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One Response to “Why I love my job”

  1. Beautifully stated Nigel. Thanks for all you do. Your work is a fine inspiration to so many of us! What a great blessing to love your job.
    GOD Bless You and your family, Clara Brosnaham Reeves

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