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Ontario Trillium Foundation Supports Hospice!

August 26, 2021 – Sarnia Ontario- This morning MPP Bob Bailey delivered some welcoming news to the community of Sarnia Lambton announcing that St. Joseph’s Hospice received funds from the Ontario Trillium Foundation- Resilient Communities Fund. “The meaningful role of St. Joseph’s Hospice in our community cannot be understated, especially over the past 18 months during the COVID-19 pandemic,” commented Bob Bailey, MPP Sarnia-Lambton. “This timely OTF funding through the Resilient Communities Fund will ensure that St. Joseph’s Hospice can continue providing their critical services to patients and families across Sarnia-Lambton.”

The $87,400 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) will be used over a12 month period to rebuild and recover from the impact of COVID-19 by hiring personnel to deliver professional grief support, purchasing health & safety supplies, software to deliver services and raise funds online. The Resilient Communities Fund was developed to help non-profit organizations recover and rebuild from the impacts of COVID-19 to continue meeting the needs of Ontario communities.

Prior to COVID-19 our Supportive Services were offered in- person and were typically in a group, peer support settings. Much of the direct service to clients was delivered by trained volunteers and supervised by staff. Programs were designed for those who were on and adaptive grief trajectory. With visiting restrictions at the end of life as well as increased social isolation in our community it is anticipated that there will be a complexity to the grief experiences of our clients. This combined with the public health risks associated with bringing groups of people together have required us to rethink how we operate and serve our community.

“Thanks to the generous support from the OTF, St. Joseph’s Hospice can move forward with confidence through COVID-19 and beyond. This grant will help the Supportive Services team re-develop the framework, structure, and content of our program. These

funds will help us develop a hybrid approach of incorporating safe in-person services as well as virtual supports.” said Katie Joosten, Director of Supportive Services.

“The Fund Development Department will redevelop our fundraising plans to be able to offer more fundraising events outdoors or virtually in order to continue to generate revenue. We thank the Ontario Trillium Foundation for its very special support to help us through an unprecedented time.” said Maria Muscedere, Director of Fund Development & Community Relations.

Hospice Contact person(s):

Maria Muscedere
Director of Fund Development & Community Relations

St. Joseph’s Hospice
475 Christina Street N.
Sarnia, ON N7T 5W3
Phone: 519-337-0537

St. Joseph’s Hospice:
The St. Joseph's Hospice of Sarnia Lambton provides compassionate care to enhance quality and dignity of life for those living with a terminal illness and for those people who are affected by the anticipated or sudden death of a loved one. Over 1,841 people have been supported by more than 240 Hospice volunteers and 56 employees (which includes full-time, part-time and casual) through programs and services including residential care, adult bereavement and caregiver support, children’s bereavement and illness support and complementary therapies since December 2009. All programs and services are free of charge.
About Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF):
The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded $115 million to 644 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.

In photo from left to right, are: Larry Lafranier, Executive Director; Bob Bailey, MPP and Katie Joosten, Director of Supportive Service

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