Humboldt County Hospice Foundation
The Humboldt County Hospice Foundation’s purpose is to assist Humboldt County hospice patients and families with needs identified by the hospice team. The goals of the foundation are:
- To be a financial support for the Hospice Team.
- To be an educational resource for the general public regarding hospice concepts, philosophies and attitudes related to the death and dying process.
- To support the bereavement services as coordinated by the Hospice Team.
- To demonstrate the need for philanthropic and public funds to support such activities.
We want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for all of their support throughout the years. All donations made to the Humboldt County Hospice Foundation are used for items such as: patient care, purchasing equipment, community education, training of staff members, volunteer recruitment and retention, bereavement services, Path of Life Garden and the Hospice Room. These funds are all kept in Humboldt County and used for future Humboldt County patients and their care.
Path of Life Garden
In 2005 the Humboldt County Hospice Foundation board members looked at projects using donated funds to benefit the community, to promote end of life care, including Hospice, and to further their primary goal of educating the public in such care. They also wanted to find a means to honor, recognize and memorialize loved ones.
To fulfill this vision the ‘Path of Life Garden’ was constructed in the area adjacent to Long Term Care near Hwy 3. The 3,000 square foot garden includes a gazebo, sitting areas, beautiful landscaping and pathways of pavers. This garden is wheelchair accessible and open 24/7.
The path is paved with several personalized engraved bricks. People may wish to dedicate a brick in honor, in memory of, or in tribute to a special loved one. The bricks will be engraved in the option you choose.
Pavers are installed once a year in the spring.
The ‘Path of Life Garden’ was developed as a memorial to our loved ones, constructed for the enjoyment of the community and for those who have used hospice. A place to find joy and quiet remembrance.
We would like to acknowledge the following who made special contributions to this project:
- St. Johns Charitable Trust
- Humboldt County Memorial Hospital
- Wempen’s Nursery & Landscaping Company
- Steve Walters
- Gunder Church Furniture Company
- Mike & Pat Pedersen
- Tom Atwood (Cornerstone Computers & Travel)
- The Humboldt Independent
Light Up A Life
The Light Up A Life program gives families the opportunity to memorialize friends and family, as well as recognize those living persons who are significant in our lives. At the same time, we are providing funds so that Hospice care will always be available to terminally ill patients and their families. 100% of the money raised from this event remains in Humboldt County for Hospice care and Respite Service.
During this event there is a tree lighting ceremony followed by music, a reading of memorialized names and a social event. The event is held in the sunroom of Long Term Care and the tree is lit in the Path of Life garden.
A light or lights may be placed on the tree by filling out this form with a tax-deductible cash or check donation and returning it to the Humboldt County Hospice Foundation.
If you so desire, those honored and families of those memorialized will be sent notification of your thoughtfulness and an invitation to the ceremony. In addition, all the names will be read during the event.
We welcome your support. We also thank you in advance for your generosity to Hospice. It is your support and the support of the community that allows these services to continue for all families in the community.
The hospice board meets bi-monthly.
Megan Janssen, LMSW
Mardi Ratzlaff, Director of Community Development
Humboldt County Hospice Foundation
PO Box 183, Humboldt, IA 50548
Phone (515) 332-7626