(Eric P. and friend)
---They have regular assignments and there are usually two or three on every shift. The whole kit-n-kaboodle is coordinated by Eric Poche, who provides an onsite presence and all the trainings for new and/or young volunteers who are attracted to this type of volunteerism. He gets high marks from his ability to quickly explore ones motives for adding this to his/her journey. His workers have lots of confidence in what he does.
---Being as it is that I reside on the hospice, I have the benefit of knowing the Zen Volunteers very well. (I live on the hospice, but I am NOT a hospice patient.) We have shared liberally over the past year plus…since the move. I have been involved in many different aspects of LHH. I have attended many meetings at LHH. One of my recommendations has always been the same. The residents at Laguna Honda need good-solid people with whom to communicate. The Zen Volunteers would fill this bill.
---When I first realized they existed…I immediately thought – how do we multiply this program to every neighborhood at LHH? Paul Kelley, my social worker says, ‘’there just aren’t enough saints to go around.’’
---The program is now falling into the jeopardy category. Eric is retiring. Let us all hope that things pick up around this event. If I had my druthers…programs as positive as this one would be a priority and NOT fade away. As a matter-of-fact, I would study the many things that they do right and institute what it is that they do…so well – HOSPITAL-WIDE. A note to anyone listening ‘’they communicate…one-on-one. They engage and involve residents.’’ I think that this is great. Take Care.
---Eric has since retired, but the program is still going strong under Roy R.