Volunteer Stories


Patient Thrives on Hospice Care with Veteran Volunteer

Joe MacDonald's health rebounded on hospice care. He especially enjoyed the companionship of his Veteran-to-Veteran volunteer Tom Pendergast.

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Care Dimensions Veteran-to-Veteran Volunteer Program Gives Back

WWII veteran Tom Pendergast says becoming a hospice volunteer visiting fellow veterans has been very rewarding and has "brought me back to life" after losing his wife.
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Therapy Dog Brings Joy to Patients

Volunteer Cynthia Turover and her pet therapy dog Louie make the day a little brighter when for patients.

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Patient Treasures His Volunteer Visits

Frank Medeiros, a 30-year volunteer, brought companionship to a patient by driving him through Nahant or to a Rockport candy store for saltwater taffy.

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Music at the Bedside

We now have a volunteer-trained group of singers who can sing at the bedside of a patient. These singers visit patients in teams of two or three and provide comfort by singing to patients at end of life.

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Upcoming Trainings

The next training sessions start in February and will be available in Waltham and Danvers on seven consecutive Fridays, from 9 a.m. to noon. Training in Waltham runs February 9 – April 6. Training in Danvers runs February 16 - April 13 (no sessions on 2/23 and 3/30).

Other training options: evenings in Burlington on Tuesdays (6-9 p.m.) from February 27 to April 3; Wednesday mornings (9 a.m. to noon) in Haverhill February 28 - April 11 (no session on 3/21); or three full-day sessions in Waltham on Saturdays, March 10, March 24, and April 7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information or to register for training in Danvers or Haverhill, contact Fran Clements, volunteer coordinator, at 978-750-9349, or FClements@caredimensions.org. If interested in Waltham or Burlington trainings, contact Jane Corrigan, senior volunteer coordinator, at 781-373-6574 or JCorrigan@caredimensions.org.

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Since 1978, Care Dimensions has provided comprehensive and compassionate care for individuals and families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. As the non-profit leader in advanced illness care, we offer services in more than 90 communities in Eastern Massachusetts.