Interviewers needed for Life Story Project at Emmanuel Hospice: local, non-profit hospice

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ORGANIZATION: Emmanuel Hospice


Emmanuel Hospice is a very special, growing, faith-based, non-profit hospice located on the West side of Grand Rapids. We are a close knit team and our staff, volunteers, and patients are like FAMILY to us! Our patients ALWAYS come first. We serve patients all over West Michigan in private homes and in facilities. We were created as a collaboration of 4 retirement communities: Saint Ann’s, Porter Hills, Clark, and Sunset. We are also supported by the Carmelite Sisters of St. Ann's Home.

We are currently looking for Life Story volunteers to interview our patients. Life Story volunteers interview patients about their lives, write the patient's story, and provide a written keepsake of a patient’s life story for family members. We provide training on how to conduct the interview, ask questions, and create the story. Interviews are devised of questions from the website and responses are recorded either on paper or directly on The goal of the life story volunteer is to give patients an opportunity to share their story, and provide companionship, purpose, and facilitation of grief through reminiscing. The purpose of the life story volunteer is also to give loved ones an opportunity to learn about, reminisce, and grieve the patient. We think our volunteers benefit too - it is fascinating to listen to these stories and learn about history directly from eyewitnesses!

We welcome volunteers with an array of talents and skills including students. No experience needed- WE WILL TRAIN YOU! Volunteers are required to complete a background check, a TB test, COVID vaccination, and an orientation. Please contact Jackie at 616-719-0919, Volunteer registration is also on our website

Other open volunteer positions with us include:

  • Visitors for hospice patients in Grandville/Jenison area

  • Visitors for hospice patients at Porter Hills in Ada

  • Visitors for hospice patients at Clark Retirement in East Grand Rapids.

Thanks for your interest!

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About Emmanuel Hospice


401 Hall St SW, STE 263, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, US

Mission Statement

The mission of Emmanuel Hospice, an interfaith partnership, is to provide exemplary spiritual and physical care creating a peaceful experience for the dying and their loved ones.


Why Choose Emmanuel Hospice?

Emmanuel Hospice is an interfaith collaboration of four local organizations with over 200 years of combined experience providing quality health care services in West Michigan.

St. Ann’s, Clark, Porter Hills and Sunset have joined together to deliver the highest level of holistic care to those who have reached the end of life.

The foundation of our partnership is rooted in common missions and values. This has enabled us, as like-minded organizations, to share resources, skills and expertise to better serve those in our community with a life-limiting illness or condition.

We are united in our aspiration to create a peaceful experience in any setting for the dying and their loved ones by providing exemplary spiritual and physical care. Our team is intensely focused on what is most important to each patient and family, and we encourage those we serve to celebrate life.

We begin every relationship by asking "How do you want to LIVE?", then strive to fulfill the individual wishes of our patients and their families.


Health & Medicine
Faith-Based, Health & Medicine, Seniors


We'll work with your schedule.


401 Hall Street SWSuite 263Grand RapidsGrand Rapids, MI 49503



  • Hospice Care
  • Storytelling
  • Mental Health
  • Bereavement Support
  • Reading / Writing
  • Spiritual Healing


  • People 55+


  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 4 hours a month for 1 year :)
  • fingerprinting, flu shot

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