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Giving Back to Hospice 


We are huge fans of the PeaceHealth Hospice program. They provided us with amazing home support during the last six months of our father's life. Hospice supplemented our own care for dad with weekly nursing visits and a personal-care aid. Emotional counselors periodically came to help prepare us for the inevitable. Mom even received home clergy visits, complete songs and guitar music designed to soothe her spirit. 


Hospice programs are funded by private insurance, medicare, medicaid, and community support.  Community support is provided through donations. Bernie and I regularly give a contribution to the program out of our real estate sales.


Our family also donated a sum of money at the end of the year. We wanted to honor dad, and at the same time, thank our hospice team who were angels-on-earth during a stressful and vulnerable time. You can be sure the financial support from our family will continue into 2019 and beyond.  

We'll never forget them. 


Give Where there is Need 

Like most people, we also donate when there is a need. Individuals with challenges, disaster-related events, and struggling non-profits offer many opportunities to give back.


Daily life does too. How we choose to respond and react to other people, and situations, is a true reflection of a generous heart. 


Putting our Time Where our Mouth is... 


This year, we are also volunteering to support our local environment through Green Neighbors. Supporting local wildlife habitat and promoting conservation efforts is a natural fit - and yes, we get to be outside, in nature. Hooray! 


When we give money, time, kindness, compassion, and love to others, it is the greatest gift we can give to ourselves. 


This is an entry in Sally and David Hanson’s February The BEST Challenge to Be Your Best.







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ViewHomes™ grew out of our passion for nature, beautiful surroundings, and peaceful environments. Starting together in an urban environment, over the years we've gravitated towards areas with smaller populations and less density. We now enjoy our lifestyle in a rural environment, but with close proximity to metropolitan areas where we appreciate all the amenities of fine restaurants, shopping, and an easy drive to an international airport.
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Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Debb- This is a wonderful post and touches on a important service for family and their loved ones during a difficult time in our lives. My grandfather was under hospice care the last few months of his life. It is no surprise you give back to the folks who gave to you and your family in your time of need. When the minister at Mom's church visited he brought his guitar and sang a few songs for her. It was very nice. Have a wonderful weekend.

Feb 09, 2019 07:59 AM #7
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello  Debb, Your dad would be proud of you for sure and you make us proud to know you here in the Rain.

Feb 09, 2019 08:01 AM #8
Carol Williams
U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business. - Wenatchee, WA
"Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services"

Hi Debb,
I totally believe in angels on earth.  They are, literally, everywhere. You and Bernie have proven yourselves to be among them.

 Your last sentence sums it up beautifully:
When we give money, time, kindness, compassion, and love to others, it is the greatest gift we can give to ourselves.

Feb 09, 2019 08:03 AM #9
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, Debb and Bernie - I can tell that this is a post that personally highlights the "moments that matter " philosophy that shows in what you do everyday and in all ways.

Feb 09, 2019 08:16 AM #10
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Nothing I can add to what you've said, Debb. Your ongoing support of your hospice is something that will make things easier for families that followed yours.

When we give money, time, kindness, compassion, and love to others, it is the greatest gift we can give to ourselves. 

Feb 09, 2019 09:28 AM #11
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, this is a wonderful post. Those who work with Hospice are truly special people. What they do comes from their hearts. Giving is the greatest satisfaction anyone could experience. 

Feb 09, 2019 10:24 AM #12
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I know your dad would be proud of your kind hearts and the spirit of giving you have chosen Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD 

Feb 09, 2019 10:36 AM #13
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Believe it or not, not everybody knows what hospice is. You have to have a reason to know, I suppose. It's like a closely guarded secret or something that isn't discussed much (where I grew up in Minnesota). When I heard my mother was in hospice, I thought it was a rehabilitation program. Seriously!

But good for you for giving back and supporting the program in your community.

Feb 09, 2019 10:46 AM #14
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

This is a beautiful entry to the contest and I am sure the hospice was a blessing in a dire time of need. Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD  you give to us here in the Rain every day. You are sweet kind person . 

Feb 09, 2019 12:03 PM #15
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Debb and Bernie,

What a great contribution to your father's memory, and I am sure he would be proud of both of you.  And like so many have commented, this sentence is perfect, When we give money, time, kindness, compassion, and love to others, it is the greatest gift we can give to ourselves.  Love and hugs, A

Feb 09, 2019 12:37 PM #16
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

HI Debb and Bernie- Hospice has helped so many. When our friend was in his final days, I know that they helped his wife tremendously. As you said, giving where needed is so important. 

Feb 09, 2019 07:04 PM #17
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hospice programs certainly make things much better for everyone involved, I have seen the benefits through my grandparents.

Feb 10, 2019 05:39 AM #18
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Hospice programs are such wonderful gifts to families at at time they need it most...and so glad you had a good experience and also that you showed your appreciation for it to them in a way they need it most. Thank you for your kind and thoughtful entry.

Feb 10, 2019 06:51 AM #19
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Debb, what a beautiful post, and so nice to hear you continue to give.   Hospice is so important for those last days on earth.  I know I could not do it.

Feb 10, 2019 08:50 AM #20
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - I'm really glad to know that Hospice has improved so much. When my husband went to Hospice, it was new and not many people knew what to expect. They have come a long, long way in providing the special Angel Touch your dad and your family needed during this difficult time. 

Your "Giving Back to Hospice" post is written with love and so beautiful. I know you are already an inspiration to many. I do hope your mom is doing well and you too! I know you posted a beautiful photograph of lovely flowers but I close my eyes and can still see your dad. You always honored him in all previous posts long before his diagnosis. May you always feel his love in your heart. 

Feb 10, 2019 02:46 PM #21
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Debb, what a great way for you and your whole family to honor and cherish your dad's memory by supporting the hospice system that was so important to your family and your dad!!! 

My prayer is for thousands to read your post so they know that families who have the time and grit to commit to partnering with medical professionals can give the most dignified and personalized care to their loved ones as they prepare for eternity.  As we discussed earlier by email this is exactly how things worked with Sharon's mom in her final months with dementia.

I'm so thankful and happy for you that your mom is adjusting as best as one can to her new chapter in her life. 

Your post really in an indirect way brings out some critical  advantages for multi-generational housing: 

1.  that the  family can take on the benefits and challenging responsibilities of home hospice care, and

2.  be there for the surviving family member for the new life challenges! 

Your mom is so fortunate to have Bernie and you!!!  God bless!

Feb 10, 2019 05:09 PM #22
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This hospice service deserves your promotion and support.

This is good information to share in your community.

Feb 11, 2019 10:38 AM #23
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Debb and Bernie - the people who work at hospices are really angels.  We have experienced the same with my dad.

Feb 15, 2019 04:12 AM #24
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

What a wonderful thing to do and such a great cause too, Debb. We lost my father-in-law last January and he was under the care of Hospice for 6 months. There is no organization like it and the service they provide is one that not only benefits the patient but, the family as well. 

Wonderful entry and I know your Dad is so very proud of you and your giving heart.

Feb 16, 2019 09:19 PM #25
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Debb & Bernie, you two are amazing individuals and one wonderful couple, yes giving actually makes you feel whole. I always tell Diane how lucky and blessed we are that we are in a position to give, many are not. Truly an awesome post in honor of your Dad, Endre

Feb 16, 2019 09:51 PM #26
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