It will be one of the most fulfilling things you have ever done. We know our volunteers are a valuable asset to our team of professionals. We always try to use the time and talents of those who have answered the “call to serve” in the most meaningful ways possible. Many of our volunteers are simply caring people who wish to give back to the community by helping their friends and neighbors.
Visit a patient. Give a patient’s spouse a break to run to the store. Read books, pray, share stories. Sing a song or play an instrument. Answer phones, greet people and manage paperwork in our offices. Assist with special events.
Whatever you do, know you are making a difference in the lives of our patients, families and staff. We treasure volunteers as valuable members of our hospice teams.
Joan Duncan grew up as an only child in Fargo, North Dakota. Her family moved to California when she was 9. She graduated High School, married when she was 19, and had a son named Jeff. Joan and her husband enjoyed following their son as he played baseball throughout his school years. Joan volunteered at Scripts Hospital in La Jolla, California for 4 years while attending junior College where she graduated with an AA in English and minored in the arts.
The family moved to Arizona in 1979 where they enjoyed 4-wheeling, camping and traveling around the country to meet up with friends. Joan was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1991 and was treated by Doctor Eugene Stevens.
She totally recovered from cancer and was very appreciative of the care she received. Joan and her husband cared for Joan’s mother in their home starting in 1976, and Joan became widowed in 1999. She continued to care for her mother until her passing in 2007. In addition to caregiving, Joan volunteered at her church.
Joan was so impressed with the hospice care her mother received, that she decided to volunteer for hospice. She went on a search for Doctor Stevens and found that he owned Highway Christian Hospice. She started volunteering with the agency in 2008. Joan continued to volunteer after Highway Christian Hospice was sold to Carmen Klemis and became Valiant Hospice in 2017.
Joan has had an amazing journey of service with our agency. She has spent many hours helping out with administrative work in our business office over the years. She also visited a countless number of patients for socialization, companionship, spiritual support and care giver relief. Joan always brought with her a smile, a compassionate caring heart, a love for people and a lifetime of experience serving others.
We would like to recognize her for her lifetime humanitarian accomplishments. Joan took ill and passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving family on March 7, 2019. She is survived by her son Jeff and his wife Jeannie and two grandchildren Tyler and Angie. We are truly thankful to have had Joan on our team and in our lives for so many years. She was a blessing to everyone she came in contact with, and will continue to soar in heaven.
God bless our dear friend ~
Grace is an Honorary Volunteer as she has retired from actively volunteering with Highway Christian Hospice, now called Valiant Hospice & Palliative Care.
We thank Grace for the many years she spent supporting our patients and families!
Hospices must abide by many rules and regulations, and one is to ensure that all volunteers receive orientation and training for the duties that they will perform. Valiant Hospice & Palliative Care offers free, specialized training to all potential hospice volunteers, as well as continuing education. Routine background checks are conducted on all volunteers, just as they are for team members.
We truly need your assistance…in fact, the federal law requires that volunteers at Hospices all across America must provide at least 5% of the total patient care hours given to patients. So, as you can see, this means we simply cannot do our work without YOU! Please join us today.
To get started, call the Valiant Hospice office at 602-274-1952.