Are YOU Ready to Walk in support of Journey Home Hospice?
Last year, we raised $50,000 in the Walk and we’re counting on your support for our hospice once again!
Due to continuing public health concerns with COVID-19 and physical distancing recommendations, we will once again be running the event virtually.
How do I participate in a virtual walk?
The process is similar to last year:
Why Support Journey Home Hospice?
There is something special about walking through the doors at Journey Home Hospice. The smell of fresh cookies and homemade soup wafts down the hallway. There is the sound of trailing laughter from the kitchen as a volunteer cooks and responds to the low voice of a patient. In the background, a spiritual care provider is reading softly from a book of poems and the easy strains of music float gently through the space. Whether it’s your first or fiftieth time through the door, it just feels like home. Warm, comforting, and peaceful. A place where you belong.
One of our late patients created a piece of art that still hangs in the hospice. It reads: “We live in the shelter of one another.” It’s a perfect reminder of what Journey Home Hospice stands for; a home and a safe space created by people ready and able to shelter each other. For many of the patients who come to spend the final weeks and months of their lives with us, shelter is a foreign concept. These men and women have usually been on their own for a long time. The circumstances of their lives are rarely kind, and most carry heavy burdens of loss, trauma, disappointment, and broken promises. They are looking for shelter and a chance to find hope, joy, and meaning, even at the end of their lives.
Journey Home Hospice fosters hope and life care through our interdisciplinary hospice palliative care team providing 24/7 pain and symptom management, psychosocial and spiritual care, as well as holistic complementary therapies to help patients find peace and meaning in each moment of their lives. Our patients come from Toronto’s homeless community, having experienced the anxiety, uncertainty, and hardships of a life on the streets, bouncing through the shelter system, or on the edge of catastrophe with vulnerable housing. We are only able to offer care because of the generosity of our community of champions and supporters.
Unlike many other Canadians, our patients at Journey Home Hospice rarely have a circle of family and friends to support them. For those lucky enough to have some remaining connections, their loved ones typically do not have the resources to contribute to the operations of the hospice. For the people touched by Journey Home Hospice, we have heard life stories that are filled with pain and hardship, but still an overwhelming desire to be part of a community. As one patient’s mother wrote to us:
“I am so incredibly grateful for the care and compassion you offered to my son, Ajay, during his time at the hospice. Knowing that he was safe and surrounded by kindness is a gift. I wish I had the money to make a donation to support the work of the hospice and pay that care forward so that other people could feel that love.”
Journey Home Hospice is making a powerful difference in the lives of people most in need. More than just medical care, we offer the feeling of home, belonging, hope, and connection when patients are most vulnerable and alone. Hospices in Ontario only receive approximately 50% of their operating costs in government funding and rely on the community to ensure patients have access to hospice care at the end of their lives. We need your help to ensure that patients like Ajay will continue to receive holistic care. Thank you for bringing hope to the hospice and creating a more compassionate community for all people.
Please note: 100% of all funds donated to Journey Home Hospice will be used directly for patient care. There are no administrative costs deducted from your donation.