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Why we “Walk for Dignity”

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more determined pair than Martha Lubaroff and Mary Child in 1979. Members of both of their families had recently become seriously ill and that experience motivated them to make quality hospice care available to anyone who needed it. The women recruited a task force of community members and charged them with finding a way to provide practical, compassionate support to enhance quality of life for terminally ill people.

With widespread community support over the following years, they created a board of directors, hired a medical director and patient care coordinator, and trained their first class of volunteers. In March 1983, they cared for their first patient.

What started as a small group of volunteers quickly flourished into a certified not-for-profit hospice organization. Reimbursement from insurance covers most of Iowa City Hospice’s expenses, but they also offer programs that go above and beyond Medicare’s hospice requirements – things like music therapy, targeted bereavement programs and special volunteer programs. Donor support makes these programs possible, allowing Iowa City Hospice to be an innovative leader among hospice organizations.

Fun runs and walks are such a common fundraising method today that almost everybody has a few old 5K t-shirts in their closet. But that hasn’t always been the case. In 2000, Iowa City Hospice created one of the first events of its kind in the Iowa City community: The Walk for Dignity.

The Walk usually starts in the early afternoon on a sunny spring Sunday. People start showing up a few hours earlier to drop of the donations, chat with hospice staff and volunteers, and take part in the memorial service. Some years there’s been a dinner in the evening. Other times there’s been a musical performance before the start.

But the format isn’t what keeps people coming back each spring.

Iowa City Hospice serves around 600 patients every year. Multiply that by 35 years and you suddenly have a large community of people who’ve been impacted by hospice at intimate and pivotal points in their lives. The Walk for Dignity gives that community a chance to come together, honor those who are no longer with us, and provide means for others to receive the same care.

We hope you are able to join us this year for our 19th Annual Walk for Dignity on Sunday, April 22 at Willow Creek Park. For information on the day’s activities, walk route, fundraising, and team registration, click here. We appreciate your support in making compassionate hospice care available in our seven-county region for years to come.

April Event Schedule

Get connected at one of Iowa City Hospice’s community events this month. Visit our Events Calendar for a full schedule of upcoming events.

 

Wednesday, April 4

Lensing Funeral Home: Living Through Loss –

Living Through Loss is an educational program for bereaved individuals that provides a supportive environment to receive education, support, and resources to help with loss. Topics vary by month.

When: 5:15- 6:15 p.m.

Where: Kirkwood Room, 515 Kirkwood Ave., Iowa City

Contact: Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, 319-338-9171

 

Caregiver Support Group –

A group for caregivers that offers emotional and educational support in a nonjudgmental atmosphere.

When: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Where: Johnson County Extension, 3109 Old Highway 218 South, Iowa City

Details: Free respite care from Pathways Adult Health Center, 817 Pepperwood Lane, Iowa City. Reservations required, call 319-339-6162.

Contact: Polly Porter, Iowa City Hospice Social Worker,  319-351-5665, polly.porter@iowacityhospice.org

 

Saturday, April 7

Kamp Kaleidoscope –

A professionally led one-day camp for children and teens between the ages of 5-17 who have lost a loved one. Lunch, beverages, and snacks provided. No cost to attend.

When: 8:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Where: River Community Church, 3001 Muscatine Ave, Iowa City

Details: Pre-registration required by March 29, 2018

Contact: To register or for more information, contact Julie Bockenstedt or Kimberly Peterson at (319) 351-5665.

 

Wednesday, April 11

– Grieving Your Spouse –

A professionally led, ongoing support group for individuals who have lost a spouse or partner within the past two years. Pre-registration required.

When: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Where: Iowa City Hospice, 1025 Wade Street, Iowa City

RSVP: Julie Bockenstedt, 319-351-5665, julie.bockenstedt@iowacityhospice.org

 

Friday & Saturday, April 13 & 14

Volunteer Training –

Patient and Family Volunteers provide companionship and support to terminally ill patients and their loved ones. To provide this service, volunteers must go through a 14-hour training program approved by Medicare and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

Where: Iowa City Hospice, 1025 Wade Street, Iowa City

Contact: Emily Moon or Ann Coe, Volunteer Coordinators at 319-351-5665

 

Wednesday, April 18

Caregiver Support Group –

A group for caregivers that offers emotional and educational support in a nonjudgmental atmosphere.

When: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Where: Johnson County Extension, 3109 Old Highway 218 South, Iowa City

Details: Free respite care from Pathways Adult Health Center, 817 Pepperwood Lane, Iowa City. Reservations required, call 319-339-6162.

Contact: Polly Porter, Iowa City Hospice Social Worker,  319-351-5665, polly.porter@iowacityhospice.org

 

Lensing Funeral Home Group: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow –

Please join Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service for a self-help support group for any adult who has experienced a death.

When: 5:15 – 6:30 p.m.

Where: Kirkwood Room, 515 Kirkwood Avenue, Iowa City

Contact: Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, 319-338-9171

 

Sunday, April 22

Walk for Dignity –

An annual community event that fives families and friends an opportunity to remember and honor the memories of their loved ones, celebrate life and show support for Iowa City Hospice.

When: 1:00 p.m.

Where: Willow Creek Park, 1117 Teg Dr., Iowa City

Details: Donation drop-off starts at 11:00 a.m.

Contact: Judy Frits, 319-688-4213 or judy.frits@iowacityhospice.org

 

Spring Memorial Service –

Please join us as we honor patients cared for by Iowa City Hospice who have died during the past fall and winter. We encourage you to bring a picture, story or memento of your loved one to share during the service.

When: 12:00 p.m.

Where: Willow Creek Park, 1117 Teg Dr., Iowa City

Contact: Julie Bockenstedt, 319-351-5665, julie.bockenstedt@iowacityhospice.org

 

Wednesday, April 25

– Grieving Your Spouse –

A professionally led, ongoing support group for individuals who have lost a spouse or partner within the past two years. Pre-registration required.

When: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Where: Iowa City Hospice, 1025 Wade Street, Iowa City

RSVP: Julie Bockenstedt, 319-351-5665, julie.bockenstedt@iowacityhospice.org

 

Thursday, April 26

– Bereavement Luncheon –

A social luncheon, open to all bereaved, provides an opportunity to connect and share common experiences with others.

When: 11:30 a.m.

Where: JW Foods, 122 E Ave, Kalona

RSVP: Julie Bockenstedt, 319-351-5665, julie.bockenstedt@iowacityhospice.org

 

 

22nd Annual Glenn Roberts Elks/Iowa City Hospice Golf Classic to raise funds for patient care

On Monday, August 7, area golfers will gather at the Iowa City Elks #590 course to raise funds for Iowa City Hospice patient care. The Glenn Roberts Elks/Iowa City Hospice Golf Classic was started in 1995 by Elks members Glenn Roberts, Gus Kennedy, and Web Cramer as a way to help support Iowa City Hospice. Funds raised from this event help ensure that everyone in our community who needs quality end of life care and grief support services will receive it, without regard for ability to pay.

Golfers have the option of shotgun starts at both 8:00 AM and 1:30 PM. The $75 entry fee per person includes 18 holes of golf, cart, beverages, eligibility for numerous prize drawings, and a catered lunch at noon. Foursomes are encouraged. Registration is limited to 15 teams each for the morning and afternoon sessions.

This Golf Classic is part of the commitment of the Benevolent Protective Order of the Elks to support their community. Glenn, Gus, and Web had all experienced the care and support of Iowa City Hospice, convincing them to support this compassionate and high quality service. In 2002 the event was renamed the Glenn Roberts Elks/Iowa City Hospice Golf Classic to sustain the event for a cause so important to Glenn.

Click here to print the registration form, or you may register online.

There are also many sponsorship opportunities available. For more information, contact Judy Frits at 319-688-4213 or judy.frits@iowacityhospice.org.

For 34 years Iowa City Hospice, a community based not-for-profit organization, has been bringing comfort and peace to patients and their loved ones, adding life to each day. Services are offered to anyone who qualifies that resides in Johnson, Cedar, Iowa, Muscatine, Linn, Louisa and Washington counties, without regard for ability to pay. In 2016, 1,093 days of charity care were provided by Iowa City Hospice.