Free Veteran Meal Every Thursday

Community working hard to make sure people in Coolidge are well fed

Gemini Hospice volunteers help to serve up grub at OHOP Veteran Center

Posted: Wednesday, February 4, 2015 1:00 am

They already do a lot of good work in town, and are always the team that comes to the aid of those in need. But the staff at Gemini Hospice did a little extra when they stopped by Open Hands Outreach Program, bringing dinner and dessert to OHOP and served those in attendance.

Recently, Gemini Hospice was recognized as a “We Honor Veterans Partner,” through a campaign developed by National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veteran Affairs. 

In addition to being recognized as a partner, Gemini Hospice will also be implementing ongoing Veteran-centered education to help their staff, which includes volunteers to be ready to provide the proper care for the veterans.

Veterans and some of their family members, totaling 30 people in all, were on hand for the dinner and were much appreciative of the meal provided by the staff and owners of Gemini Hospice.

In addition to becoming a permanent fixture on the Coolidge landscape, each year Gemini Hospice chooses a charity to focus on and be their “Charity of the Year,” and in 2014 they chose Open Hands Outreach Program. So the partnership between the two places has been growing since the first days of Gemini in Coolidge.

“We love the people of Coolidge and love being a partner to so many in town,” Kerry Ann Valenzuela, community educator for Gemini Hospice, explained. “Open Hands Outreach Program does so much for our veterans and the community and we are so glad to be able to do this for them.”