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Blog: Hospice Views - March 2014

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Students Surprise Former Teacher with Unforgettable Gift of a Day

Around the Armourdale Community Center in Kansas City, Mary Nally is a local legend. That’s where she spent decades mentoring young kids in athletics and character building. Many of Nally’s students came from under-served neighborhoods and found a safe haven playing for the teams she organized. On one special Saturday, it was clear that they never forgot what she did for them.
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Hospice Therapy Dog is a Gentle Giant

During World War II, Ann Meyers’ mother took advantage of a government program that allowed her to attend nursing school for free if she would enlist in the military after her training was complete.

By the time her schooling was finished, the war was at an end and the government exempted her from having to enlist. As a woman with a heart for service, she never forgot this and instead spent many hours in her life volunteering in her community.

She also raised her daughter Ann to look for ways to volunteer.
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Thoughts from Our 2013 Caring More Recipients

Moira Keller LCSW
Clinical Coordinator of Geriatric Social Work
Sixty Plus Older Adult Services at Piedmont Healthcare

Seventeen years ago, I arrived at Sixty Plus, new to Georgia and the southeast, after years of living abroad. I didn’t realize at the time that I had struck gold in terms of professional opportunity and meaningful work.

Our Judges for The 2014 Caring More Awards

Each March during National Social Work Month, Crossroads Hospice is proud to present the Caring More Award. Launched in 2010, this program recognizes the outstanding efforts of these unsung heroes, who dedicate their careers to improving the lives of others. The winners are awarded $500 to a non-profit of their choice – as well as a breakfast banquet held in their honor. Colleagues, family, friends, and a panel of judges are all invited to celebrate the amazing efforts of the winners.

To select a winner at each of our 11 sites, we establish a panel of expert judges who have distinguished themselves as pioneers in their fields. They include representatives from disease and professional social work associations, chairs of social work departments from area universities, elder care attorneys, nursing home administrators, geriatric physicians and more. These individuals know what makes a great social worker – because they too do more for the people they serve every day.
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Crossroads Brings Thrills of New Orleans Mardi Gras

Born and raised in New Orleans, Marifrances McCartney has always had a love for the city’s unique traditions and cultures, from the sounds of the jazz clubs on Bourbon Street to the smell of fresh beignets in the French Market. The 92-year-old has vivid memories of Mardi Gras, a time when her beloved hometown gathers together to celebrate its identity.
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National Social Work Month: Recognizing Our Patient Advocates

Each March we recognize National Social Work Month along with the National Association of Social Workers. This year’s theme is “All People Matter,” raising awareness of the profession’s 116-year-old commitment to improving social conditions and quality of life for everyone. Across the globe, social workers are united in the belief that all people deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.
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