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Dubois County Community Foundation Supports Hosparus Health, Startup Grief Counseling Services

Thursday, June 20, 2019
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PHOTO, L-R: Hosparus Health's Community Director Kim Ruttle and Outreach Manager Lindsay Berger, Dubois County Community Foundation Associate Director Nona Baker; Hosparus Health Grief Counselor Lori Friestrom, Child & Adolescent Counselor Jacquelyn Love and Chief Strategy Officer Scott Herrmann

New Jasper location will allow the not-for-profit hospice and palliative care provider to better serve patients and families in its expanded Southern Indiana footprint.

The Dubois County Community Foundation today presented Hosparus Health with a $10,000 grant to fund grief services at its new Southern Indiana office, which is slated to open in mid-August. The new office, located 225 W. 41st Street, Suite C, in Jasper, will offer comprehensive hospice care and palliative services to patients and families in Dubois, Perry, Orange, Crawford, Daviess, Martin, Pike, and Spencer counties. In addition to medical care, hospice includes social and emotional support such as grief counseling during a serious illness and after a patient’s death.

The grant will help fund bereavement programs, including grief support groups for adults and children, a community memorial service and School Grief Relief, a specialized program offered on-site in local elementary, middle and high schools. Led by licensed professionals, Hosparus Health’s grief services are available at no cost to families of hospice patients for up to 13 months after a patient’s death. Many groups and programs are also available at no charge to anyone in the community who is coping with the loss of a family member or friend, including deaths due to homicide, suicide, accident or overdose. The cost for others is based on a sliding scale, and no one is turned down for services due to inability to pay.

“Jasper holds a special place in my heart ever since my dad, Leonard Marshall was involved with the Kimball International Board many years ago.  We know there are many families who could benefit from our supportive care in Dubois and surrounding counties. With our new, centrally located Jasper office, we are fully integrated to better serve the community,” says Phil Marshall, President and CEO of Hosparus Health. “This generous grant from the Dubois County Community Foundation is instrumental in making grief services accessible to residents in the Jasper community and beyond. We’re grateful to have such a strong partner in the Foundation as we further our mission of bringing compassionate, high-quality hospice and palliative care to all families who need it.”

“The Community Foundation is proud to grant in support of mental health services for Dubois County. We’re pleased to see additional providers to help meet the needs of our community and feel this support will foster quality of life for many children and adults, especially during times of crisis,” said Clayton Boyles, Dubois County Community Foundation Executive Director.

For more about Hosparus Health, visit www.hosparushealth.org.

About Hosparus Health
Since 1978, Hosparus Health, a fully accredited not-for-profit hospice and palliative care organization, has provided medical care, grief counseling, pain management and much more for people facing serious and life-limiting illnesses in Kentucky and Indiana. Hosparus Health has approximately 700 employees and 700 volunteers who care for almost 8,500 patients and families every year. To learn more, visit www.hosparushealth.org.

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