Jim Scott and his wife Gail had enjoyed
travelling together on exotic adventures and looked
forward to many more. Their travels ended abruptly
when Gail was diagnosed with cancer at the age
of 50. As the couple prepared for Gail’s last journey,
Jim visited Agapé. It was the first time he’d ever
been to a hospice.
Jim was instantly impressed by what he saw: the
warm and inviting décor, the peacefulness and the
positive staff attitude. He was quickly assured Gail
would receive the best possible care.
“I can’t stress enough about the teamwork that is
involved,” Jim says. “Unconditional love is not just a
catchphrase here at Agapé, it is a practice.”
Today, he recalls taking comfort in sharing the unique
experiences of other residents and family members.
“Everyone, whether a staff member or volunteer,
understands that it isn’t about a cure, but about
making someone comfortable and about making
a difference as you help ease one’s journey.”
Many of the caregivers at Agapé have experienced
this journey themselves: having had a loved one or
friend come to the hospice. Indeed, Jim’s journey
led him to also become a volunteer four years ago.
“It is a privilege to volunteer here,” he says.
As part of his volunteer activities at Agapé, Jim
coordinates the Elephant Club Children’s Program’s
monthly craft night for children up to the age of 13.
Through this program the needs of the children who
are losing a loved one are assessed and they are
provided with the appropriate support to help them
cope with their grief. Agapé would like to expand
the program to include necessary support for teens.
Jim is also an invaluable part of the special events
team and picks up the weekly donation from Cobs
Bread. “Agapé takes a very stressful time for family
and residents and makes it a very positive experience, helping them put a smile on their face again,”
he says. “There is a need for this type of care in our
society, and the team at Agapé does it beautifully.”
love is not just a
at Agapé, it is
Annual Social Care
Program Costs $113,314
Partner Funding for 2012 $58,033
Campaign Fundraising Goal $55,281
Plus New Objectives: $50,000
Renovation to accommodate the
Elephant Club Children’s Program.