Community Group, Charitable status, Community assessment and services
Under the direction of Colleen O’Donnell, and Palnet was established, our first community group. In 2004, we obtained our charitable status and our first Community Needs assessment was completed and our Board of Directors was formed (2006-2008). In 2009, we hired our 1st Program Coordinator, who launched the community based services, with the first 15 referrals.
Community awareness of our services increased and our 2nd group of volunteers were trained
Referral partnership developed, community partners continued to grow, Grief support group was launched and our services moved into long term care facilities.
Expansion of our services
In 2011, our 3rd group of volunteers were trained and the number of referrals increased to 56. In 2012, our Community needs assessment was completed to determine need for a residential Hospice in Fredericton, with service expansion to Oromocto, increased referral sources and need for our Support group.
Establishment of the residential Hospice
The Board of Directors decided to move foward with establishment of the residential Hospice after researching other residential models, the 2nd of its kind in Atlantic Canada!
Construction phase began
The former Rosary Hall was purchased and construction phase began. In 2015, the funding was launched with a Capital Campaign, as well as the Hospice Boutique as the main source of revenues going foward.
Opening of Hospice House
Our first team of staff was hired and Hospice House opened in April, followed by the J.T. Clark Family Adult Day Centre opened its doors 3 days/week.