Gail Sunny Prudhomme

Longtime Volunteer Pays It Forward

Gail “Sunny” Prudhomme’s passion for volunteering was in part sparked by her father’s experience with Hospice of the Red River Valley. She was working fulltime helping two kids through college when she realized her dad could no longer live alone in his Crookston, Minn., home. She invited him into her Fargo home to better take …

Ethel Wischer

Heirlooms Thrift & Gift Volunteer Enjoys Community & Respite in Giving Back

For the past 15 years, Ethel Wischer has spent Thursday afternoons volunteering in the stockroom at Heirlooms Thrift & Gift, a resale store benefitting Hospice of the Red River Valley. Every week she joyfully secures an apron around her waist, rolls up her sleeves and carefully unpacks, washes, shines and polishes the generously donated items. …

Sew Happy to Serve: Hospice Volunteer Expands Her Skillset and Perspective

Sew Happy to Serve: Hospice Volunteer Expands Her Skillset and Perspective

[caption id="attachment_4886" align="alignright" width="226"] Barb Bohm, Hospice of the Red River Valley volunteer[/caption] Fifteen years ago, Barb Bohm chose a lovely way to spend more time with her daughter while giving back through volunteering with Hospice of the Red River Valley. Since then, the pair has experienced priceless life lessons together. “My daughter and I began volunteering together in 2003. At...

Hospice Volunteer Shares Music From the Heart With Patients

Hospice Volunteer Shares Music From the Heart With Patients

The patient sleeps most of the time, even when she has visitors. But Julie Aanenson heard her singing, just a little bit, the last time she visited. As a Hospice of the Red River Valley volunteer, Julie sings and plays music for the patients she sees. “The patient was otherwise nonresponsive,” Julie said. “I can say goodbye to her,...

Warren W.

Lisbon-Area Volunteer Is Familiar Face and Comforting Presence to Hospice Patients

Warren Wiltse is a man with many roles: family man, caregiver, retired farmer and rancher, life-long Lisbon, N.D., resident; world traveler, local Kiwanis Club member (for the past 35 years), Gideons International member (for the past 59 years), friend to many, storyteller and conversationalist. One more role looms large in Warren’s heart and in his community: long-time Hospice of the...

Steve Anglin

Hospice Volunteer’s Experiences Encourage Open Communication About End-of-Life

If there’s one topic that’s generally avoided in casual conversation, it’s death and dying. The lack of conversation and planning before end-of-life can lead to confusion within families, missed opportunities to honor final wishes and a general sense of discomfort. Still most people will purposefully avoid talking about death. Not Steve Anglin. Steve, a volunteer with Hospice of the...

Bethany Freeland

The Power of Friendship

The purpose of any hospice volunteer program is to provide companionship and support to patients. But in Hospice of the Red River Valley Volunteer Bethany Freeland’s experience, the program provides so much more than companionship. As a pre-med major and current hospice volunteer, Bethany’s experiences are shaping her mindset and enhancing skills that she will take with her into...

Northwood Resident Finds Value in Giving Back Through Hospice Volunteering

When you live in a smaller community, you inevitably become an essential fiber in the tapestry of the town. Community members grow up supporting one another and giving back whenever they can to lift up those in need, and who most likely lives down the street. This sentiment is true of Northwood, N.D., and its residents, but the quaint...

The Small Town with a Big Heart for Hospice

Fullerton, N.D., is a small town. Population: 54. It’s a tightknit community whose residents have known each other for decades—growing up together, working side by side, looking out for one another. It’s a community that Ruby Gramlow knows well. Ruby lives in Fullerton and works as a nurse for Hospice of the Red River Valley. “I think I have...

Amazing Grace: Hospice Volunteer Writes of Her Experience With a Special Patient

by Brenda Podolak I have been a patient volunteer with Hospice of the Red River Valley for the past three and a half years. Throughout the past year, I have had the good fortune of visiting with one very special lady named Evelyn. How grateful I am for the life-long lessons that our time together has taught me. Each visit...