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St. Francis Hospice volunteer pet recognition luncheon

St. Francis Hospice Volunteer Luncheon
St. Francis Hospice Volunteer Luncheon
Sister Candida, St. Francis

St. Francis Hospice honored volunteers and Pet Therapy Volunteers this past weekend at the Hale Koa Hotel in Honolulu. It was the perfect tropical setting for volunteers, Sisters of St. Francis, staff of St. Francis Hospice and pet therapy volunteers. Each volunteer was given a special gift bag when entering the venue and a special bag of dog treats was included for volunteers for their therapy dogs.

St. Francis hospice dogs recognized at luncheon
Nathan K. Hokama photo

The CEO, Jerry Correa of St. Francis Hospice spoke about the future of their organization. The Sisters of St. Francis were honored for their service and dedication. The volunteers were treated to a magnificent buffet lunch. The pet partner therapy dogs and their owners were invited up to the stage for a special photo opportunity and to be recognized individually for their service to the client's at St. Francis hospice. A special thanks to Sally Pekelo, Patty Martin and Betty Coffer for their service and dedication.

As a volunteer for St. Francis Hospice, you will have opportunities to give so much of yourself and receive so much more in return. St. Francis Hospice is Hawaii’s first and largest hospice program, and this provides opportunities to serve in so many different ways. The following are some of the activities you may be involved with as a volunteer for St. Francis Hospice:

•Patient and family support, including visits to patients’ homes, nursing homes, or one of our two inpatient facilities.

•Complementary therapies such as massage, music, pets and aromatherapy.

•Bereavement support to family members.

•Support for special events including fundraising and educational conferences.

•Office support, including answering the phone and data input.

Contact Patty Martin, Director of Volunteer Programs, at or(808) 547-8134 for more information about how you can get involved.

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