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


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


2161 Leonard Street NWGrand Rapids, MI 49504



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 conduict 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, and an orientation. Please contact Heidi at 616-719-0919, Volunteer applications are 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.

Please contact us if you are interested!



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

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

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

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