Hospice Caring, Inc.

Rating: 4.96 stars   24 reviews

Issues: Human Services

Location: 518 South Frederick Avenue Gaithersburg MD 20877 USA

Mission: Since 1989, Hospice Caring, Inc. (HCI) has provided free practical and emotional support to terminally ill patients and their families, and to anyone grieving the death of a loved one. Dedicated volunteers provide care that promotes quality of life, helping patients to live each day fully and with dignity, and to ensure that no one need die alone and that no one need grieve alone. These services are provided free of charge to residents of Montgomery County, Maryland.HCI strives to respond to the needs of the community through additional programs while staying within its original mission.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The bereavement support group provided me by Hospice Caring was absolutely wonderful and a huge, huge help. I have the greatest respect for this organization.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2005

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been served by Hospice Caring in a bereavement program and now have the great honor of volunteering for the organization. Hospice Caring provides extraordinary services to the community and does so with exceptional compassion.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Rating: 5 stars  

I am a caregiver for clients who are in the last stages of their lives. It is an honor and a privilege to be with them on this journey. The smallest acts often make a big difference in the quality of living for the clients. I get so much more than I give from being with these people at this very special time in their lives. Helping them live the last months, weeks, days and minutes is an awesome experience. Hospice Caring gives its volunteers the training, support and courage to make a difference in the lives of others art a crucial time.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help them find more resources so they can increase the number and ways to serve the patients and their loved ones through HCI efforts.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Rating: 5 stars  

Hospice Caring offers non medical support for those living out the last days of their life. In addition they have great bereavement support programs for children and adults in Montgomery County, Md. All of their offerings are fee of charge.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Rating: 5 stars  

This "work" is very rewarding. It is a pleasure to get to know the clients. I am happy to be able to help out people in my community. PAY IT FORWARD !!!!!!!!

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Can't think of any.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Rating: 5 stars  

Hospice Caring, Inc. is a fantastic organization. After my son died in 1997, I became a member of one of their bereavement groups. The group was very instrumental in my healing. They are such a warm caring organization that I later took their volunteer training to become a children's bereavement volunteer. I saw first hand how this organization worked in making a huge difference in the lives of hundreds of grieving children. I was so impressed by them, I joined their staff and worked with the organization for nearly nine years. I have since retired and moved out of state, but because of what a truly unique and exceptional organization they are, I return once a year to volunteer for their children's grief camp, Camp Caring. They are truly making a difference in their community.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None, but I wish other hospice's in other states would embrace Hospice Caring's unique philosophy.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Rating: 5 stars  

Hospice Caring, Inc. is there to help our community members and our volunteers both with the same dedication to excellence. The quality of service,care,attention, and knowledge is uniformly excellent for cilldren and adults alike. Seeing a grieving adult become able to smile after being in one of our Bereavement groups is testament to the bereaved and to Hospice Caring and its volunteer facilitators.Good Grief, alllows a grieving schoolchild to know that he/she is not the only one to suffer a monumental loss. The facilitators initially guide discussions that open the door to those painful feelings that the child had no place to express previously. Life goes on much better with the assistance of Hospice Caring, Inc.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 4 stars  

Both my mother and I have been the recipients (free of charge) of grief group support by Hospice Caring, Inc. This support was absolutely invaluable to our individual healing processes. An unexpected byproduct of attending our grief groups was developing friendships within the groups, the organization's staff, and their volunteers. My mother unexpectedly died while still part of a grief group and the outpouring of support I received from Hospice Caring was amazing. Having worked in the nonprofit arena for 20+ years, I hold others in the field to very high standards. Hospice Caring is a well-run organization, more than worthy of donating to, and I am honored to be giving back and volunteering my time to this nonprofit.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 5 stars  

I served as Executive Director of Hospice Caring, INc. (HCI) for 9 years. During that time I met the most dedicated staff and volunteers- who gave time and effort to the dying and grieving in our community. They sponsor Camp Caring, the only weekend camp in Montgomery county for children grieving the death of a loved one. The stories from families served by Hospice Caring are heart warming..the youngest served was a few months old and the oldest 102. The caring, the extra mile the volunteers go...all free of charge to familes... is unbelievable. HCI also provides bereavement support in our schools to children of all ages. I now serve on the board of directors and am inspired every day by the unselfish acts of these volunteers who provide comfort, care and 'just being there'. In addition, there are many peer support groups for adults grieving the death of a loved one to suicide, or losing a child, or a spouse...all at no cost. This volunteer driven organization is an absolute gem...now 23years in existence...all funded through donations and small grants from people who care about the importance of easing our neighbors through their end of life journey and supporting the families after the death.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

Hospice Caring is not an organization...it is a family. I was Executive Director in 1997 and served for 9 years until I retired in 2006. I went back as a bridge between other EDs and each time was welcomed as if I had never been away. The staff are the most caring and compassionate people with whom one would wish to work. The volunteers who outnumber the staff by 40 to 1 are so dedicated and inventive, finding the best way to provide the most personal service to our patients and grieving children and families. I now serve on the Board of Directors, volunteering with an amazing and talented Executive Director who continues to grow and nurture Hospice Caring. It is the most unique non-profit I have ever known, continially meeting the needs of the members of the community and the children in our schools.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the many ways volunteers have served dying and grieving members of our community. Several friends have been provided with volunteers who made the lives of their spouses and family more bearable. All these important services are provided free of charge!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to increase the number of board members who would help finance the services so they staff does not have to work so hard helping to raise funds.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you learn about this organization?

I was Executive Director of another non-profit organization.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Updating our computer systems, software and hardware and database.

What is its top priority in the long run?

To ensure that everyone, who may require our assistance, in the community we serve, is made aware of our willingness to provide caregiving, bereavement support whenever needed.

Rating: 5 stars  

I have both benefited and volunteered for Hospice Caring. When my husband died in 2008 I joined a support group with two wonderful volunteer facilitators. I remain close friends with the support group members; we get together at least monthly and talk often. I keep in touch with the facilitators who are also now my friends. I also began this year doing children's Good Grief Clubs in schools, after having received excellent training, and plan to continue the coming year. I am so impressed by all the work that Hospice Caring does and with the staff and volunteers.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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