ESCONDIDO The Elizabeth Hospice will host an informational meeting on Sunday, Jan. 22 at 12:30 p.m. at the Escondido Apostolic Church to launch the first and only exclusive Spanish Speaking Hospice Volunteer Training in San Diego County. Escondido Apostolic Church is located at 1717 E. Lincoln Ave. in Escondido. The informational meeting is free and open to the public. All community members are encouraged to attend and learn how hospice services can help meet the needs of terminally ill patients in the Latino community.
It will be decided at the informational meeting what date and time works best for the community to begin the eight hour exclusive Spanish Speaking Hospice Volunteer Training class. The class will explain hospice services and guidelines for caregivers. After completing the eight hour class, participants will be official Elizabeth Hospice Community Outreach Volunteers and have basic training in how to help friends and relatives when a loved one is diagnosed with a serious or terminal illness.
The San Diego Foundation awarded The Elizabeth Hospice $10,909 in support of the training and the grant was made possible by the foundation’s Myron Feinberg Discretionary Fund.
There is a significant need for Spanish language volunteers to visit Latino patients and families. Not only will their presence comfort and support families at a most difficult time of life but they will serve as an essential communication link between Latino families and their Anglo Hospice professionals such as nurses, social workers and home health aides.
Since 1978, The Elizabeth Hospice has been providing compassionate medical, emotional and spiritual support to the terminally ill and their families in northern San Diego County, regardless of ethnicity, gender, age, religion, disease, insurance status, or ability to pay.
Please call the Community Education office at (760) 737-2050 if you are unable to attend the meeting but would like more information on how to be a part of this new program or to become a volunteer.