Hospice Volunteers' Gift Is Compassion When Needed Most

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Helped through the loss of loved ones by RTA Hospice and Palliative Care, Pat Lindsey and Bob Miller both offered their time and compassion to help others.

The two are among the more than 50 active volunteers with Hospice in the Rim Country.

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The staff of RTA Hospice and Palliative Care honored its corps of volunteers with an ice cream social April 13. The event was part of the organization's celebration of National Volunteer Week, April 23 through April 29.

Lindsey, who resides in Tonto Basin, has been a volunteer for more than five years. Miller, a Payson resident, has worked with the organization for about two years.

"They helped with my husband before he passed away," Lindsey said. "It was something to get out of the house. And I love people."

Miller was assisted by Hospice with his stepfather. "They doubled the care he had been getting," Miller said. "It's an awesome place to work. Everyone is awesome."

Lindsey said, she has met some wonderful people over the years, but she has never had a patient to care for in Tonto Basin. The work has taken her everywhere else in the Rim Country.

Miller's clients have primarily been in the Payson area, he said.

A staff member commented on Miller's work: "Bob Miller has made a huge difference with his clients. He takes one to the Valley, does work around their home and visits one or two times a week. For another, he helped them move and gave them furniture."

Work with the seriously ill and dying takes a special kind of person, and they are people who are able to find joy in the work.

To volunteer at RTA Hospice, call (928) 468-5860.

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