Hospice of St. Francis’ Four-Legged Volunteer Program Brings Comfort to Patients

For four decades, Hospice of St. Francis has been compassionately serving the community by empowering people to live life to the fullest. Brevard’s only free-standing, independent, not-for-profit facility in Titusville has been giving back to the community, providing resources and support for the terminally ill since 1977. And the volunteers continue to serve a vital role as the interdisciplinary team caring for patients and their loved ones—most recently those of the canine variety. 

Along with the current outreach programs that include Bereavement, Caregiver Education and Resource, the North Star for Grieving Children groups and Pathway to Healthcare, and the Pet Promise program, Hospice of St. Francis has now added a four-legged volunteer program.

Led by Melanie Chan, the service dogs that are specially trained visit nursing homes and assisted living facilities throughout Brevard, with the goal of giving patients their own special love.

“The animals really seem to comfort the patients,” Angie Crissman, community outreach coordinator, says. “All of our volunteers are important, and we hope to grow this new program.”

For more information on Hospice of St. Francis or to donate, visit 
HospiceOfStfFancis.com or call 321.269.4240 or 1.866.269.4240.