Lewiston, Maine 8.11.15 - On July 25th, the Fortin Group held their annual yard sale to benefit Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice (AHCH). Funds raised are dedicated to AHCH's Veteran to Veteran initiative and the Hospice House. The event was spearheaded by staff members Marcia Roy and Jerry Poulin. "We began collecting items shortly after last year's event and are proud that we were able to double the amount raised in our first year," stated Marcia Roy.
Both AHCH and the Fortin Group are participating in We Honor Veterans, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, to improve end of life care for our nation's veterans. The program seeks to recognize the unique needs of veterans and their families by increasing organizations' capacity to serve veterans through education, support, and strategic partnerships. AHCH's Veteran to Veteran initiative includes: matching hospice patients who are veterans with volunteers who have military experience, hosting pinning ceremonies, and making special recognition of veteran patients at the Hospice House.
"Our Veteran to Veteran initiative began just a year ago. The feedback we have received from families has been wonderful", stated Karen Flynn, AHCH Hospice Director. "Having a fellow veteran to share stories with, who understands what its like to be in the military, is really comforting for many veteran patients. This connection enables our veteran patients to share feelings and experiences they may not feel comfortable telling family members for friends."
The Fortin Group yard sale is just one of the many Family and Friends events held each year to benefit Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice. To learn more about hosting an event, please contact Teri Blaschke in the AHCH Development Office at 207.795.9428.
The Fortin Group Funeral Homes proudly serves Lewiston, Auburn, and the surrounding communities. Their facilities include two recently renovated funeral home and memorial event facilities in Lewiston and Auburn. Cremations, funerals and a complete monument design and service are just some of the service provided by The Fortin Group's professionals. The team at The Fortin Group is actively involved in the community through volunteering, coaching, community service projects and more. Personalized memorial events,, complete with customized facilities, food, beverage, music, and more that uniquely celebrate a life lived, are all a key part of why local families continue to call on the professionals at The Fortin Group when a loved one passes.