As someone who has had a loved one in hospice care, I know the importance of this vital resource in the community.

Hospice of Lubbock will be holding training sessions to become direct patient volunteers.

In addition, they have created a veteran to veteran volunteer program since the current statistics show that one in 4 dying patients are a veteran.

From Hospice of Lubbock:

“People who have common life experiences usually begin to trust each other,” said Cheryl Presley, volunteer services coordinator. “We encourage veterans to volunteer with us so they can share experiences with veteran patients. When veterans interact, their common language and experience can form a strong relational bond.”

Training will be 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 12; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 13; and 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 14. All classes will be held at the Hospice of Lubbock conference room, 3702 21st St. on the northwest corner of 21st Street and Louisville Avenue in the Louisville Place Building. All 16 hours are required for the volunteer to be certified.

For more information you can call Cheryl at 806-795-2751.