HNA Healing Patch seeks volunteers

Home Nursing Agency Healing Patch is recruiting volunteers to work with grieving children and families.

The free program began in 2006 to offer peer support services for children and their families after the death of a parent, sibling, grandparent or other loved one. Group sessions are held in Blair and Cambria counties.

“The Healing Patch is an amazing place for families to come together to share time, memories and difficulties with families that are going through the same things,” said Blair Healing Patch volunteer Jessica White of Altoona.

“At the Healing Patch, the families can share feelings and tears with others who understand 100 percent. I have had families share that they love coming to Healing Patch because it gives them some place to finally be themselves in their grieving process and not feel judged by others for it. As an adult having gone through losses myself, I am grateful for the experiences and healing I have seen.”

Healing Patch volunteers work well with children and assist with leading activities and discussions related to loss.

Volunteers are essential for group nights, which occur two evenings a month from September through May. After completing the training process, volunteers commit only 14 to 17 evenings per year to assist with group nights.

Individuals interested in volunteering can complete a volunteer application at www.homenursingagency

.com or can call 947-7200 to ask questions and start the process. In order to be eligible to work with children and families, volunteers are required to complete TB testing and receive a flu vaccine (during flu season). New volunteers receive comprehensive training and have assistance in obtaining clearances.

For more information, contact Melody Ray, volunteer coordinator/grief specialist, at 947-7200 or raym@upmc.edu.

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