East Texas Quarterly Magazine Spring 2014 - Page 23

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization planning and employee training and equipment. (NPHCO) is marking the 50th anniversary of hospice care in the United States. The first U.S. hospice was LAH is a non-profit 501©(3) entity, which relies on started in 1964 in Connecticut. donations of time and funds from the community it serves. LAH began in 1994 as a cooperative effort among individuals from the First United Methodist Church, LAH now serves 12 counties (Jasper, Newton, Sabine, Jasper Memorial Hospital (now Christus Jasper Tyler, Hardin, Polk, San Augustine, Angelina, Shelby, Memorial) and the former Dickerson Memorial Panola, Orange, and Jefferson County) and has Hospital who recognized the need for hospice care in contracts with three area hospitals. Jasper and the surrounding area. The home at 254 Ethel St., which serves as the office In July of 1993 Clifford M. Lee, pastor of First for LAH, was a family residence purchased in May of United Methodist Church, made the announcement 1994 with funds donated to Lakes Area Hospice by that with a grant from the T.L.L. Temple Foundation Roger and Jane Hall. The building has seven rooms, the community would be able to coordinate with two baths, and a partially floored attic. The residence other caring agencies and open Jasper’s first (and was built in the 1940’s and the neighborhood is only) not-for-profit hospice. The Methodist church comprised of well-maintained, single family would provide office space for Hospice and use the residences and a small group of individually owned Henderson House for training volunteers. After an town houses. The First United Methodist Church and initial six month period, the church anticipated that East Texas Home Health are a block away. The annex, hospice would secure its own facilities. Also at this formerly a detached carport located in back of the time an independent board of directors was being house, was recently converted to the conference and organized, the director and staff were being financial offices through another grant from the T.L.L. employed, and other organizational activities were Temple Foundation. taking place. The new name for the program would be “The Lakes Area Hospice.” The LAH Thrift Store, an active Arthur Temple helped to found a not-for-profit enterprise in Jasper, began in 1995 in an old hospice program in Lufkin and felt that Jasper also service station at the corner of Houston and Wheeler needed a hospice program. He was instrumental in a building donated by the heirs of the First State in providing a grant for operational seed money Bank in Jasper. Later, the shop moved to a location on through the T.L.L. Temple Foundation. Hospice in the South Main, in the former 1St State Bank offices. Pines in Lufkin provided assistance in organizational After hurricane Rita the thrift store moved to a small building on Water Street., near East Texas Support Services, and to a location on Highway 96, north of town. The thrift store recently moved to 363 West Houston, the former location of Stamps Office Supply and ShyBee Electric. The Hope Family Clowns travel around to nursing homes, assisted living centers, churches and civic clubs spreading hope and joy 24 East Texas Quarterly The Hope Family is another aspect of the many services provided by LAH. Established in 2009 by Volunteer Coordinator, Beverly Jones and Marketer, Sallie Brown, the Hope Family consists of LAH volunteers who love to make clowns out of themselves and serve the community through 21