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Augusta Health Foundation and Augusta Health Hospice of the Shenandoah

Fishersville, VA

www.augustahealth.com/foundation and http://www.augustahealth.com/hospice

Amount Requested: $3,000 for Camp Dragonfly

Mission: Augusta Health Foundation’s mission is to inspire community ownership through charitable giving to advance health and wellness in our region. The Foundation is the charitable arm of Augusta Health and exists to secure philanthropic support for patient care programs and services at Augusta Heatlh, including its end-of-life program, Augusta Health Hospice of the Shenandoah.

The mission of Augusta Health is to promote the health and well-being of our community through access to excellent care.  Augusta Health Hospice of the Shenandoah recognizes that cures are not always possible and that a peaceful death as a valid outcome of health care and provides patients with physical, emotional, and spiritual comfort.

Constituents Served: Augusta Health and the Foundation’s primary service area is Staunton, Augusta County, Waynesboro, and well as residents of Albemarle, Bath, Highland, Nelson, Rockbridge and Rockingham counties.

Hospice of the Shenandoah offers hospice services either in-home or in a nursing home, and in-depth training is provided for family members, caregivers, and volunteers.  A patient is eligible for Hospice of the Shenandoah’s services if he/she has a life-threatening illness with a prognosis of six months or less (if the disease runs its normal course), if he/she is no longer receiving curative treatment, and is a resident of Staunton, Waynesboro, or Augusta County.  In addition to in-home hospice care, Hospice of the Shenandoah offers two additional programs:  the Shenandoah House, a home-like environment designed for hospice patients no longer able to live at home without assistance or who lack a suitable caregiver, and Camp Dragonfly.

Program Overview: Established in 1999, Camp Dragonfly is a bereavement camp that provides a supportive environment, for grieving children and adolescents ages 6 to 18, to begin the healing process and recognize that during a time of loss it is  healthy and appropriate to embrace life.  The campers are primarily residents of Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County; however, children with ties to the local community are also welcome.  The goal of the program is to provide grieving children with the tools and resources to manage their grief in a healthy way and to offer companionship in a supportive environment.  Since its founding, Camp Dragonfly has provided emotional support and taught coping skills to over 1,200 children.  The 2015 camp hosted 81 campers (34 elementary age; 32 middle school; 15 high school).

Camp activities, coordinated by approximately 100 volunteers, include arts and crafts for creative expression, music, drama, a ropes course, horseback riding, a talent show, free time for personal reflection, a candlelight memory ceremony on Saturday night, and a closing ceremony with family in attendance.  Campers have the opportunity to discuss death and dying with a physician.

The 2016 camp is scheduled for September 24 and 25.

Current Operating Budget: $589,005

Program Budget: $25,500

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