Editorial: Stepping up, againSince September 2004, Sunset Hospice Cottage has served more than 200 patients and their families. Thanks in significant part to a fundraising event Tuesday night, its mission will continue.
By: Daily Globe, Worthington Daily Globe
Since September 2004, Sunset Hospice Cottage has served more than 200 patients and their families. Thanks in significant part to a fundraising event Tuesday night, its mission will continue.
More than 400 people attended Sunset Hospice Cottage’s sixth annual Charity Banquet Fundraiser at Worthington’s American Reformed Church. All the proceeds will go toward ensuring terminally ill patients and their families receive — as the facility’s brochure says — “a place of love, a place of comfort, and a place to rest as patients make their journeys.”
At the cottage, a hospice nurse provides skilled care and monitoring, while a chaplain as well as community pastors deliver prayer and music. A social worker is available to meet with families. A hospice volunteer provides an often-invaluable ear and even helps families out by running necessary errands. With visitation from family and friends possible around the clock, it’s an ideal setting for one to call home in life’s final days.
Assistance from Hospice Cottage Inc. and the Sanford Foundation of Worthington, Windom, Jackson hospice fund helps pay room and board charges for those who can’t afford them. Businesses and community residents, however, have always played a substantial part in supporting the cottage, and they stepped up in a big way Tuesday night in providing critical financial support. It’s yet another reason why we should consider ourselves proud of our region — and each other.