Community giving

If you care about Treasure Coast Hospice and want to host an event supporting our mission, we want to talk to you. Many generous community groups raise funds for us, as in the photos below. In Martin County, please contact Craig Perry at 772-403-4406, cperry@tchospice.org. In St. Lucie County, please contact Tracey Kinsley at 772-403-4520, tkinsley@tchospice.org.

WIP aids family counseling program

Women in Philanthropy (WIP) recently made an $18,500 donation to the Treasure Coast Hospice Counseling Services (TCHCS) Youth and Family Program in support of the family support groups that aid families in the community who are grieving from the death of a loved one.

Family support groups provide a formal, structured therapeutic environment for the family unit. They help families identify feelings, utilize healthy ways to express feelings and strengthen family bonds. The counselors leading the groups specialize in individual and family bereavement.

The WIP grant helps provide food and materials for the group activities. Families come together at 6:30 p.m. twice a month. They begin with sharing a meal and having a connection time within their own family and with the other participants. Having this connection time helps provide opportunities for normalizing the grief process.

“During the connection time, all ages are together,” said Jennifer Melvin, manager of TCHCS Youth and Family Program. ”This is the time where families discover they are not the only ones grieving and they don’t have to go through the grieving process alone. There are other families who are experiencing the same thing and can understand what they are going through.“

After dinner and connection time, the families participate in the main activity, which may include hands-on activities, talking and sharing, games or creating things such as a family shield. The activities are designed to increase positive coping and to encourage healthy expression and communication.

“As the group continues, families begin to be able to laugh again, lean on one another and become stronger and closer than they ever thought possible,” Melvin said.

These family support groups are currently the only ones of their kind on the treasure Coast.The groups directly benefit the families involved but are geared to benefit the community as a whole as these families integrate back into their community and interact with others as stronger and self-sufficient people.

“We are so grateful to the Women in Philanthropy for helping us continue to support families walking through their grief journey,” Melvin said.

Eagles and Auxiliary double up

Treasure Coast Hospice receives check from Fraternal Order of Eagles and Auxiliary

The Fraternal Order of Eagles, Martin County 3896, and their Ladies Auxiliary present a $2,000 check to Treasure Coast Hospice. From left are Cindy Towery, Sonya Coombs, Rebecca Kelley of Treasure Coast Hospice, Kenneth Major and Bob Panno.

Martin Eagles present donation

Members of Treasure Coast Hospice staff receive check from Fraternal Order of Eagles

Ken Major of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Martin County 3896, presents a $1,000 check to Rebecca Kelley, Treasure Coast Hospice major gifts officer, and Wendy Mahood, Treasure Coast Hospice manager of sustainable gifts. The check is part of the Martin County organization’s continuing support.

St. Lucie Falls event raises $6,800

Members of the St. Lucie Falls community and a representative of Treasure Coast Hospice

Community members of St. Lucie Falls raised more than $6,800 to support the mission of Treasure Coast Hospice during their Treasure Coast Hospice Fundraiser on Jan. 10. Guests enjoyed a spaghetti dinner and music, and had the opportunity to support TCH through a 50/50 lottery and silent auction. Rose and Tony Oteri chaired the event with Joe and Barbara Rowan making 350 meatballs. Pictured, left to right: Joe Rowan, Tony Oteri, Wendy Mahood of Treasure Coast Hospice, Rose Oteri, and Barbara Rowan.

“Cars of Our Lives” aids TCH

Vintage car club presents check to Treasure Coast Hospice

Vintage cars and vintage car enthusiasts contributed to hospice care during “Cars of Our Lives” on Nov. 8. The Treasure Coast Vintage Car Club hosted the event in Tradition Town Square, showcasing numerous antique vehicles in a car competition. A generous donation to Treasure Coast Hospice came from proceeds of a raffle drawing. Pictured, left to right: Dorothy Allen, Treasure Coast Hospice vice president and chief philanthropy officer; Dave Brown, Treasure Coast Vintage Car Club president; and Wendy Mahood, Treasure Coast Hospice manager of sustainable gifts.

Golden Pond benefits music therapy, pediatrics

Group from Golden Ponds holding large check

The Golden Ponds annual luncheon and auction on Feb. 11 raised more than $8,000 in support of Treasure Coast Hospice Counseling Services’ music therapy program and the Little Treasures pediatric program. More than 200 guests attended the luncheon and participated in raffle drawings for donated items from local businesses. Pictured, left to right: Sue Genevick, Frank Genevick, and Barbara Boate of Golden Ponds; and Wendy Mahood of Treasure Coast Hospice Foundation.