Carpenter Hospice, a dedicated team of angels in disguise


In times of sickness and health, it becomes very apparent how important access to proper care and services is to those in need.  During the suffering of our loved ones, we expect to be able to provide only the very best in comfort, compassion and care.  Sometimes, we alone are unable to provide this without some form of support.  The Carpenter Hospice is that beacon of light in a storm of uncertainty, to help families in need to care for their family and friends at end of life. 

Carpenter Hospice provides palliative care and support for its residents through its services and dedicated team.  There are 10 private rooms for residents with nursing and personal support workers available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  It has a dedicated team, supported by over 100 volunteers assisting in operations, housekeeping, cooking, events, administration and more. All services offered to residents and families in the Burlington area are free of charge.  Services included are residential care, wellness programs, music therapy and a bereavement program.  Complementary therapies such as Reiki, yoga and therapeutic touch are all available as well.  The hospice has helped more than 1,400 residents ranging in age from 21-108 years of age. 

Established in 2002, the largest fund held at Burlington Foundation, The Carpenter Hospice Permanent Endowment Fund has been able to provide a source of revenue for the organization annually. Carpenter Hospice trusts the Foundation to invest and retain their endowment fund so the hospice can focus on the work that they do in our community.

Mary Parker, daughter of Frank Horrigan, gives a glimpse of the positive experience her family had in taking care of her father during his final days. Mary explains, “I wanted to give Dad the very best and provide him the level of care every person deserves.  The hospice became a sanctuary for my family, a place of peace and tranquility.  As we settled into the Hospice the struggles of life fell away.  We were able to enjoy each other’s company as a family and took the time to tell Dad how much we loved him.  We held on tight to each other and leaned heavily on the staff and volunteers who became our beacons of light in the storm.   It is my wish that every family that walks these doors can find such comfort in their final journey to honor the one they love.”

Other families express their positive words of encouragement and support for the Carpenter Hospice staff and volunteers.  “The staff and volunteers gave my husband the dignity and respect he deserved.  We also met other families that were in similar situations and formed bonds with them.  The support our family and friends received was so comforting at a time when we could barely cope.  We are so fortunate to have the Carpenter Hospice in our community, to give our families and loved ones such exceptional care. They are our angels.”

Colleen Mulholland, the Foundation’s President and CEO, comments on the vital role the Hospice plays in our community, “Such thoughtful words for the staff and volunteers speaks to unconditional compassion, care and comfort provided at the Carpenter Hospice. Our community is strengthened by organizations like these, who take care of vulnerable individuals and their families during the most difficult times. We are proud to hold their endowment fund.”

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