Shumway: Community philanthropy is truly changing lives in Arizona

By Debbie Shumway, Hospice of the Valley

We are touched by the outpouring of generosity from the community that helps expand our nonprofit mission. Since 1977, we have remained focused on bringing comfort, dignity and compassionate care to our community, and we couldn’t do it without the people, businesses and volunteer groups who give of their time, their talent. and their gifts.

Last year, Hospice of the Valley had the privilege of serving over 22,000 people and providing over $ 10 million in charitable care and community support. Individuals, foundations and businesses make it possible to serve all who come to us, regardless of insurance coverage or financial means, and to create innovative programs to meet the needs of patients and families before they go. be ready for palliative care.

These programs include our primary home care practice which supports high risk patients with advanced disease who cannot make it to their doctor. Our phone and visit support programs provide care for people with chronic illnesses such as cancer and lung disease. During the year, we were able to expand our dementia supportive care program, offering this service free of charge, thanks to a federal grant that allows us to serve more families living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

With the support of our community, we are very excited to open our Dementia Care and Education Campus in early 2022. This campus will be a place where people can live fully and receive exceptional care for all types. and stages of dementia, with a focus on helping family caregivers navigate this difficult condition and educating the next generation of dementia caregivers.

We are grateful to everyone who donates to our four White Dove thrift stores, who support our charitable work, as well as to our loyal shoppers and amazing volunteers! So many companies are making a difference by sponsoring sales events and running fundraising campaigns.

The talent and kindness of our volunteers is such an important part of our mission. Our volunteers accompany patients to their homes or to one of our hospital units. They make blankets, quilts and even sensory pads for patients with dementia. They collect donations for patient care packages. All of these volunteers and many community service groups contribute in unique and meaningful ways to support our mission.

Each year, we are amazed by the entrepreneurs who lead creative events to give back to our agency. Whether it’s a classic car show, golf and fishing tournaments, bake and garage sales to a drive-through movie night, these ‘fun collectors’ help fund programs. community services such as support for children and adults in case of bereavement, as well as music and pet therapy that bring joy. and the comfort of our patients.

We appreciate the support of Valley grocers and community donors who provide food gift cards and other essentials to patients in need; and Thanksgiving meals donated by families who remember what it is like to cope with health and financial distress.

Hospice of the Valley is also fortunate to partner with foundations that work with our care teams to meet the special wishes of our patients, creating happy experiences and memories for their families.

As the holidays approach, we are grateful for the spirit of generosity that continues to flourish in a community that supports nonprofit organizations. We are honored to be part of this community.

Editor’s Note: Debbie Shumway is Executive Director of Hospice of the Valley. For more information on programs and services, please call 602-530-6900 or visit

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