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Community Outreach Program

Hospice Northwest Services has several Outreach programs including Gashkendamide'e Grief Support Group for Indigenous Peoples, Saint Elizabeth Training, and Journey Home Team.

Each program was developed with and for community members who often have needs that go unmet.

Gashkendamide’e (Be Grieved from the Heart) Grief Support Group for Indigenous Peoples Logo

Gashkendamide'e (Be Grieved from the Heart) Grief Support Group for Indigenous Peoples

Led by an Elder, this two-day workshop is delivered in a culturally relevant and spirituality-based manner.  It was developed with a "Two-Eyed Seeing" approach that incorporates Western grief theory and Indigenous strengths and wisdom. This loss and grief workshop is individualized depending on the unique needs of each participant and has at least one Indigenous Helper who has experience, education, and knowledge in grief and loss support.

This workshop was developed locally and in collaboration with Indigenous Elders, leaders, and community partners.

Saint Elizabeth Training

This workshop developed with and for frontline workers who support people who are homeless and have chronic or life-threatening illnesses. This session will answer questions regarding client care through interactive activities and discussions. It will also offer practical solutions that can be utilized to enhance quality of life and access to care services for people with chronic or life-limiting illnesses.

This 6-hour workshop provides usable and practical information about integrating a palliative approach to care with the existing knowledge and expertise workers have regarding a harm reduction approach, relationship development, and meeting people "where they're at".

Front line worker in the community
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Indigenous man and volunteer Facetiming with family

Journey Home Team

Hospice Northwest Services' Journey Home is a program aimed at providing compassionate care to clients with a life limiting illness who are vulnerably housed (living in shelters, supportive housing, etc.). Journey Home volunteers receive 6 hours of training to support their clients and visit in teams of 2. They are committed to ensuring those who are vulnerable and underserved do not die alone. If you would like more information on this special team, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at 807-626-5572.

Journey Home volunteers help clients by:

  • Building trusting relationships
  • Visiting their clients in local shelters
  • Advocating for their clients' care
  • Taking their clients to appointments

Receive Community Support

If you are interested in any of our Community Outreach Program, please contact Kimberley Ramsbottom at 807-626-5570x5571