Within our temporary space, the Hospice has provided expert end-of-life care to nearly 300 patients from across Grey and Bruce, while supporting the families in their journey. In the spring of 2016 construction began on a permanent, free-standing residential hospice to be named Chapman House.
The new community-owned, community-operated facility will be able to serve more loved ones from our region, in a space purpose-built for the care we provide. But because there is no government funding available to support the construction of hospices in Ontario, this project will be funded entirely by donation. Your support, even a thoughtful gift of $50 or $100, will help us meet our goal.
There are a number of ways that you can support the construction of Chapman House, including a limited number of naming opportunities. Use the button below for a list of sponsorships that have been claimed and those still available.
If you prefer not to donate online, you can visit our volunteer office on Carneys Lane in Owen Sound, or contact us by email or phone.
Details and directions available below.
To the amazing staff at the Residential Hospice of Grey Bruce, thanks seem inadequate for providing Geoff with loving, professional care and the ability to leave this world with comfort and dignity.
Just a short note to let you know how much your care and support meant to us in our time of despair. You were all amazing. It really shows when someone has true compassion and a love for what they do. Your support for Ian and all our family is truly appreciated.
I can truly say from the bottom of my heart the volunteers at the hospice give the most loving care to it's patients and to the family members. I could not imagine not having a place like this for our loved ones to go in their final months.
You’ve given it thought.
You want to give back to the community and to feel a sense of purpose.
Someone gave to you or your loved ones in their final days, and you want to pay it forward.
You have talents that are ready to be shared for a few hours a week.
You are ready.
At Chapman House, we rely on volunteers to donate thousands of heartfelt hours to take care of this hospice home and its residents and families. We have a carefully chosen team of volunteers that undergo training specific to their roles aside and from direct medical care. Here is a sample of some opportunities that we are inviting you to explore:
RECEPTIONIST: A friendly welcoming presence who greets visitors, answers the telephone and relays messages, providing directions within the hospice, assisting with signing in/out, small administrative tasks.
RESIDENT & FAMILY CARE: These volunteers - under the supervision of nursing staff, visit with the terminally ill, meet them “where they are” and assist as necessary.
KITCHEN: To assist the chef in all aspects of making & delivering meals. Assuring the residents are nourished in more ways than one.
MAINTENANCE: To assist staff with tasks of maintaining this house inside and out. “Jack or Jill “of all trades at times physically demanding, yet immensely rewarding.
GARDENING: Who doesn’t enjoy looking at a well-kept garden in bloom? Volunteers assist with planting, trimming, watering, digging, transplanting – all with a green thumb and warm heart.
LAUNDRY: As a specialized volunteer, you will load, unload, fold, & store freshly laundered linens for the household residents under the supervision of our nursing staff.
There are a variety of other opportunities to volunteer as well on occasion. Just ask! We welcome you to fill out the application below so we can contact you and help find a position that suits you and meets the needs of our residents and their community home.
NOTE: While we appreciate all offers of help, if you have dealt with death, loss and bereavement within the past 12 months, we ask that you wait until a year has passed before volunteering.
Mar Hackbart, who has been nursing for 42 years, has worked as a registered nurse for two years in the hospice. It's in Seasons retirement home until a stand-alone home is built. There she cares for residents – they're not called patients -- whose physical and spiritual needs, profound and basic, are addressed.