The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization has announced a Fruitland man among the four winners of its 2019 Volunteers of Foundation of Hospice Awards. Each year, a group of four outstanding hospice volunteers, who best reflect the universal concept of volunteerism in its truest sense — serving as an inspiration to others, are chosen by a national committee of professional peers. The honorees have made significant contributions to hospice programs in the areas of care delivery, organizational support, and teamwork.
Heart ‘n Home Hospice is honored to announce that one of their veteran volunteers, Gerald “Jerry” Haines, is one of the four awardees and he takes the category of Specialized Services. His category includes the volunteer types, veteran, pediatric care, pet therapy, bereavement support, spiritual support, massage and other complementary therapies, etc.
Haines, born in 1936, has dedicated his life to service. He spent 25 years serving his country, retiring at age 41 as a Major in the U.S. Army National Guard. His civilian life has been filled with opportunities to help others including volunteering with his church, local senior center and veteran advocacy groups. Haines began his service with Heart ‘n Home Hospice in 2014. He participates in veteran pinning ceremonies – an event dedicated to honoring the service of a veteran in hospice care. Haines arrives at each event in full dress uniform, thanks the veteran for their service, salutes the veteran and pins an American Flag on their shirt. He often follows up with return visits.
Idaho Sens. Jim Risch and Mike Crapo shared their congratulations for Jerry as he carries this honor.
On Nov. 5 Haines, his wife Trudy, and family will be going to Orlando, Florida to accept his award at the NHPCO Interdisciplinary Conference at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center.