“Being a hospice volunteer has brought
-Tecla Shaw, Founding Volunteer
I became a hospice volunteer in 1981 when I answered an ad in the newspaper requesting people to form a hospice in Stuart. Two of us came. We made plans and took classes to prepare. Soon we had our first office, which was a closet in a doctor’s office. We raised money through garage sales, bake sales and many other ways we could think of to collect funds. The staff worked for almost 3 years without salaries. Look at us now!
My first love is being a patient care volunteer. I have many treasured memories of over 117 patients I have met over the years. I have found that patients are much more comfortable with hospice care.
Being a hospice volunteer gives the reward now. I always tell others, “be natural and be yourself.” My golden retirement years have been filled with happiness, dedication, and love. I know I still have a lot to do in my life and being a volunteer for Treasure Coast Hospice is one I thoroughly enjoy.