Community Hospices of America Foundation, Inc.

How We Help
CHA Foundation assists hospice patients and their families during the difficulties of terminal illness by making grants for services and products not covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or private insurance. We:
Help patients live more comfortably, access quality
care, strengthen involvement with loved ones and
keep their dignity.

Help caregivers, health professionals and the public
better understand the role of hospice.

Recognize and thank volunteers for their many hours
of unselfish service.

Grants at Work
Stories of patients, families, staff, and volunteers who benefited from our grants.
Patient Enjoyed Family Reunion
by Teresa Severs, Volunteer Coordinator, Hospice Compassus
Joplin and Lamar, Missouri, and Pittsburg, Kansas
We sent Doyle Booker and his daughter Colette to Oklahoma for their family reunion. We were able to pay for a night in a hotel and gas both ways. Without our help, Colette told me they might not have been able to go. Doyle has since passed away but Colette talked about what a wonderful time he had visiting family he had not seen in so many years! Photo courtesty Colette
 Barn Babies
By Nicole Ursch, Volunteer Coordinator
Brookaven Hospice, Framingham, Massachusetts
On behalf of Brookhaven Hospice, we would like to thank the CHA Foundation for approving our grant request for Barn Babies to visit one of our facilities. We had goats, ducks, kittens, rabbits, and more. These little animals brought so much joy and comfort to our patients! Many enjoyed singing to the little babies and rocking them to sleep. It was such a treat to see so many smiles on patients.
Photos courtesy Nicole Ursch
A Cool Grant
Hospice Compassus, Joplin, Missouri
Liz Qualls smiles and holds a grant check next to her room air conditioner the grant funded.
Photo: Jennifer D. Weston, Social Worker
Hospice Compassus, Joplin, Missouri
 Herky the Hawk Surprises Patient
By Sara Jordan-Heintz, Staff Writer
Times-Republican, Marshalltown, Iowa
University of Iowa mascot Herky the Hawk made a surprise visit to Hospice Compassus patient and big Hawkeye fan Ed Sharp at the Sunny Hill Care Center, Tama, Iowa, where Sharp lives. Sharp, 85, served as a referee for 36 years for baseball, softball, football and basketball. He was a State Umpire in Chief for softball for 21 years, acting as chief for around 400 umpires and he umpired more than 5,000 games. He was inducted into the Iowa Men's 16" Slow Pitch Hall of Fame in 1986.
Photo: Sara Jordan-Heintz
Mr. Herring's Scooter
By Talisha Mills, Social Worker
Hospice Compassus, Yuma, Arizona
Robert Herring enjoys being outside and on his scooter, but the battery died and the brake cable was damaged. The nephew of a deceased patient donated a scooter, and our chaplain delivered the scooter to Mr. Herring’s home, only to discover there was no charger. CHA Foundation granted our request for a charger, after which I visited Mr. Herring. He was riding with a smile, his chest out and his head held high. His pride illuminated my day. I know the charger made a difference in his quality of life.
Photo: Robert and Talisha, courtesy Talisha Mills