A Gift of Service

Hospice is a calling for volunteer Deborah Hogan, one rooted in faith, life experience, and a community of caring people who inspire her to serve through Community Healthcare of Texas – Providence Hospice. She and volunteers like her play many roles in hospice. Whether they ease the isolation of patients living with a serious or final illness, help families caring for a loved one, or comfort people living with loss, all bring a heartfelt, human touch to expert end-of-life care.

Deborah’s service has run the gamut. She began by visiting patients at area nursing homes, then added home hospice patients to her rounds. Today she is a Grief Care volunteer. Community Healthcare of Texas volunteers receive specialized training for their service, but Deborah believes her greatest gifts are rooted in life experience.

“I lost my son when he was 16, and my dad was on hospice,” she explains. “I had personal experience, and when I make my calls, I can share my experience.”

Because that experience gives comfort to others, even the darkest days are filled with purpose.

“You’re being prepared for something in life,” Deborah says. “We may not see it at the time, but our experience makes us more grateful, helps us identify with each other, and see that we have similar experiences.”

Consider joining Deborah as a Community Healthcare of Texas volunteer. For more information complete the online form or call Community Healthcare of Texas in the Dallas/Fort Worth area at (800) 226-0373 or in the Waco area at (800) 625-9328.


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