Veteran-to-Veteran Companions Make Last Days, Good Days!


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When

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

Where

St. Louis Metropolitan AreaMultiple Locations AvailableSt. Louis, MO 63131

About

Are you a veteran with a couple hours a month to give? Volunteer with Bethesda Hospice Care, and help make another veteran’s last days, good days! As a Bethesda Hospice Veteran Companion, you'll gain the deep satisfaction of helping veterans in their final of stage of life to have the best quality of life possible, by providing companionship and a caring presence. This veteran-to-veteran program provides unique support to veterans at end-of-life, through companionship, compassionate listening, and grateful acknowledgement of service.

Here are some of the things you could do as a Veteran Companion - read to veterans, listen to their life stories, play music for them, look at pictures and medals together, reminisce with them, pray with them, share their concerns with nurses and staff, be a supportive presence, and participate in Honor Escort Ceremonies.

You'll be able to choose when you visit and how many veterans you would like to visit, so this volunteer opportunity is a good fit for any schedule. We also have many care facilities in the St. Louis metro area, so you can choose to visit veterans at the facility that is most convenient for you. Plus, Bethesda Hospice Care is recognized as a "We Honor Veterans" program Level Four Partner, the highest rating possible!

Want to learn more about volunteering as a Veteran-to-Veteran Companion? Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Julie Strassman at jastrassman@bethesdahealth.org or at (314)373-7041

Skills

  • Veteran Care
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Very flexible - one visit per month minimum
  • TB test & flu shot (provided free), proof of car insurance

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