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34 JULY 2022 | DENVER CATHOLIC B uilding on their loving service to the Denver community for nearly 100 years, Dominican Home Health Agency has trans- formed with a new name and focus: Emmaus Hospice. The four Dominican Sisters of the Sick Poor who founded this organiza- tion came to Denver in 1923 to provide authentically Catholic care for the city's residents in their homes. From day one, this included end-of-life care that honors both the physical and spiritual needs of their patients. The Dominican Sisters of the Sick Poor, affectionately known around town as Sidewalk Samaritans, walked into the neighborhoods and homes where Christ's healing was needed most. Times have changed tremendously since this organization's founding. Then Covid changed our world even more, introducing new staffing chal- lenges and shifting the health care industry in significant ways. In walking with the community during the pandemic, we also discov- ered that our home care providers were often the only person with whom our patients had contact. This was especially true as quarantine restrictions limited the opportunity for families and friends to support their loved ones facing serious health issues. We grieve for those who suffered in isolation and for those who died without familiar faces at their bedside or the access to the sacraments. In supporting and listening to the community during this time, and in remaining open to the ways God was calling us to serve, we came to recog- nize the urgent need for authentically Catholic home hospice, something that did not yet exist in Denver. But praise God, it does now and — God willing — Emmaus Hospice will begin serving patients in 2023. CATH O LIC H OS P ICE The road to Emmaus Hospice Newly-launched Catholic home hospice has nearly 100 years' experience of clinical and spiritual care WAY S TO WA L K A LO N G S I D E E M M AU S H O S P I CE , D E N V E R ' S N E W E S T P R O - L I FE M I N I S T RY • Please pray for this organization. This pro-life ministry needs prayerful guidance and protection. • Share this vision with your family and friends. • Talk to your priests about this mission. Emmaus Hospice will begin speaking at parishes in the fall and would welcome an invitation from your priest. • Emmaus Hospice will hire its caregiving team and support staff in the coming months and is looking to expand its board of directors. You may know people in the medical community interested in this mission, and your referrals and introductions are greatly needed. • Are you looking for a career change or new opportunity to love your neighbors? Perhaps God is calling you to share your gifts and talents with Emmaus Hospice as an employee or volunteer. • You can donate securely online at BY KATIE MORRONI Communications Manager of Emmaus Hospice

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