Funds provided from Youth Advisory Council Fund will benefit not-for-profit’s grief support programs
MUSKEGON, Mich. (Dec. 11, 2020) – Arbor Hospice, the state’s original and largest not-for-profit hospice provider, has received a $2,500 grant from the Community Foundation for Muskegon County, a 501(c)(3) that provides grants to churches, schools, agencies and other organizations in greater Muskegon County. This project is made possible by a grant from the Youth Advisory Council Fund of the Community Foundation for Muskegon County, and will benefit Arbor Hospice’s grief support programs that serve Muskegon and its surrounding communities.
The Community Foundation for Muskegon County has various grantmaking committees comprised of community stakeholders – namely volunteers in the community who align their personal passions with a specific focus area. Arbor Hospice’s funding source was issued by the Youth Advisory Council grantmaking committee, a group with the goal of aiding mental health needs for youth.
“This grant from the Community Foundation for Muskegon County is a major blessing for us,” said Karen Monts, director of grief support services for Arbor Hospice. “2020 has been hard on so many families and individuals, especially those who’ve lost a loved one. People across the entire state, including in the Muskegon area, rely on our grief support programs to guide them through the grieving process. Grants like this allow Arbor Hospice to continue providing these essential programs to the people who need them.”
Arbor Hospice has been offering virtual grief support groups across the state since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The not-for-profit is sensitive to the continuing impact of COVID-19 and the anxiety felt by those grieving the loss of a loved one during these uncertain times. Virtual sessions ensure bereaved individuals and families receive uninterrupted emotional support while protecting their physical well-being, as well as that of Arbor Hospice’s volunteers and staff.
Virtual grief support sessions offer the same content as in-person sessions as well. Attendees can join by phone or computer and may register for as many sessions as they would like. For more information on Arbor Hospice’s virtual grief support groups and sessions, please visit the not-for-profit’s Virtual Touch Programs website or www.hom.org.
About Arbor Hospice
A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Arbor Hospice (HOM) is the original – and largest – hospice in the state. A founding member of the NorthStar Care Community, the not-for-profit delivers the highest quality of care, raising more than $5 million each year to cover costs for the uninsured and underinsured. HOM offers a broad range of services to enhance the quality of life at the end of life. HOM also provides grief support and counseling, as well as caregiver education and support. A member of the NorthStar Care Community, HOM also provides palliative care through NorthStar Palliative Care, pediatric hospice care and compassionate support services through Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children, and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through the NorthStar Institute. The NorthStar Care Community also includes Arbor Hospice. In total, NorthStar Care Community members serve nearly 5,400 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.