15 Years of Delivering Thanksgiving Meals

On Thanksgiving morning, Hospice of the Sacred Heart delivered meals to patients and their families.

This is the 15th year the hospice provided this service project. Over 700 meals were prepared by Mansour’s Market Café, packaged, and delivered by hospice staff members.

Pictured in 2019, Hospice of the Sacred Heart staff and volunteers prepare a food assembly line for packaging and delivery.

Recliners Donated to Hospice of the Sacred Heart

Diane Baldi, CEO, Hospice of the Sacred Heart, is shown receiving the donation of a power lift recliner from Sarah Lydon, Director of Marketing, UltraComfort America.

Hospice of the Sacred Heart recently received a generous donation of ten UltraComfort America UC556 power lift recliners in Brisa Fresco fabric. UltraComfort is a family owned and operated business headquartered in Old Forge, Pennsylvania. 

“These precision crafted power lift recliners will make beautiful and functional additions to all ten patient rooms at our Inpatient Unit in Dunmore.  We are tremendously grateful to our friends at UltraComfort for their generosity,” said Diane Baldi, Chief Executive Officer, Hospice of the Sacred Heart.  

The mission of Hospice of the Sacred Heart is to provide comfort, care, hope and choice to patients and their families, while guiding them through the end of life journey. 

“Hospice of the Sacred Heart provides so many families in our area with quality care and services during a difficult time,” stated Rich Golden, CEO. “UltraComfort is honored to support their mission of providing comfort for their patients and their families.”

“Camp Healing Hearts” to Take Place Virtually This Month

CAMP HEALING HEARTSCamp Healing Hearts is a five-day camp experience sponsored by Hospice of the Sacred Heart to provide grief education and arts to children ages 8 to 14 who have experienced the death of a loved one. The camp will be held Aug. 10-14 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. 

Some online instruction will originate from Hospice of the Sacred Heart Center for Education, 340 Montage Mountain Road, Moosic.

Children work with trained bereavement counselors and members of the regional arts community to help them progress towards acceptance of the loss and use the arts as a means of self-expression. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the 2020 Camp Healing Hearts will be conducted safely via Zoom Video Conferencing.  

This year’s five-day camp is made up of two back-to-back 45-minute instructional sessions each day to provide a sense of routine, consistency and ultimately closure for the entire process. Each session utilizes a different theme explored through the arts. Bereavement counselors will be available throughout the week if any campers or family members require individual support. 

“We were committed to conduct this camp in a safe and meaningful way in the midst of the current COVID-19 Pandemic. It remains one of the most impactful and sacred youth programs we offer,” said Diane Baldi, Chief Executive Officer, Hospice of the Sacred Heart.  

Community volunteers lend their time and talents to campers with artistic projects culminating this year in a video retrospect, which will be presented before the feature film at the Circle Drive-In, 1911 Scranton Carbondale Highway, Dickson City, on a date to be determined in late August. 

The camp schedule for the week follows: Monday, Aug. 10, Photography with Julie Jordan and Yoga with Hilary Steinberg; Tuesday, Aug. 11, Pizza Making with Brenda Bistocchi and Cupcake Decorating with Sara Grande; Wednesday, Aug. 12, Singing and Dancing with Joanne Arduino and Michele Conaboy McGrath and Writing with Lisa Bath; Thursday, Aug. 13, Singing and Dancing with Joanne Arduino and Michele Conaboy McGrath and Painting with Katharine Schkloven; Friday, Aug. 14, Singing and Dancing with Joanne Arduino and Michele Conaboy McGrath and Photography with Julie Jordan. 

Camp Healing Hearts is presented by New York Life and receives generous in-kind support from Simrell Media, Mansour’s Market Café and Lamar Advertising.