Abbotsford Hospice Society launches Community Giving Circle

Program to support services at Holmberg House

Dave and Lee Holmberg have been named the honorary chairs of the Community Giving Circle in support of the Abbotsford Hospice Society's Holmberg House.

Dave and Lee Holmberg have been named the honorary chairs of the Community Giving Circle in support of the Abbotsford Hospice Society's Holmberg House.

The Abbotsford Hospice Society (AHS) has announced a program that honours donors who give $1,000 or more annually to support the services at Holmberg House.

The Community Giving Circle Program was launched Thursday morning during a presentation at the facility on Marshall Road.

The program provides different levels of recognition, depending on the size of the donation.

All donors receive an invitation to the annual AHS celebration and recognition in the annual report, but gifts of $6,000 or more receive permanent recognition on the “Wall of Honour.”

AHS executive director Dr. Ron Kuehl said support from the community is vital to sustain the programs and services at Holmberg House, which opened in April of this year.

“The Giving Circle will provide urgently needed financial support for Holmberg House and the amazing support programs we, together with our more than 200 volunteers, offer to our community,” he said.

Dave and Lee Holmberg were named the honorary chairs of the Community Giving Circle.

Holmberg House is named in honour of their son, Dave Holmberg Jr., who died of cancer in 2011 at the age of 48.

AHS board chair David Turchen said the Holmbergs continue to provide strong support for hospice, and these funds go directly to supporting child and adult programs that have seen a “significant increase” since the facility opened.

“However, we need further support from our local community to meet these needs,” he said.

Holmberg House, located on the Campus of Care adjacent to Abbotsford Regional Hospital, is a 10-bed facility that provides end-of-life care to adults as young as 19. The building also accommodates grief support groups, volunteer training, education seminars and one-on-one support services.

The average cost to AHS for each person in care each day is $300, with the average length of stay being 21 days.

Visit abbotsfordhospice.org for more information or to make a donation.