Caring Hearts and Hands operates fully through the help of volunteers like Jan Asbury, who serves on the Operations Committee and works passionately to bring as much peace as she can to end-of-life guests.
How did you first hear about Caring Hearts and Hands?
I heard about CHHC from Dorreen Rardin, who told me about the plans for the house and asked if I was interested in volunteering.
How long have you been involved with CHHC?
I’ve been on CHHC’s Operations Committee for about a year.
What draws you to the organization’s mission?
I have said for years I felt this area needed a hospice house. After learning about CHHC, I loved the idea of opening a social model end-of-life home instead. A home where one can spend their last days in a loving, respectful, caring environment that can meet their physical, spiritual and emotional needs with their loved ones at their side. The fact that this care will be free of charge is just icing on the cake!
When you talk to others about CHHC, what resonates with them?
When I speak with others about CHHC, I get very positive responses. I get the feeling that they see the need for such a home in Columbia and are pleased that one will be opening soon.
Where are you from?
I was born in Ohio and lived in Indiana and Alabama before moving to Hallsville when I was eight. I currently live in Fayette.
Tell us about your family and/or those closest in your life.
I have been married to my husband, Doug, for 35 years. I have two children and their spouses and two grandchildren, who I absolutely adore and love.
What do you hope to accomplish as a volunteer?
My goal is to provide a peaceful caring environment for the guests and their families. I hope to be a blessing to those I encounter and make a positive difference during a difficult time. I look forward to the blessings I will take away, too.