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A Story from Our Care & Support Services Programs: Amanda Redhead

Amanda Redhead has applied her nursing skills to a variety of different positions throughout her career, but her favorite job happens to be the most challenging one. Redhead, a Community Home Visitation Nurse for EveryStep, describes her job as an even ratio of social work and nursing; a combination she never experienced when working in the hospital setting.

A Story from Our Veteran-to-Veteran Volunteer Program: Jim Keller

When Jim Keller returned from Vietnam, he wasn't greeted at the airport by throngs of loving community members. In fact, he wasn't thanked for his service for nearly 30 years. "We were not treated very well at all. Our country was in disarray," he says. "You almost didn't tell people you were a Vietnam veteran. I was bitter about the war." Over the years, he says he "mellowed out," but he never forgot how it felt to come home and feel unwelcome.

Holiday & Winter Assistance Guide from EveryStep

Are you looking for a resource guide to help you through the holiday and winter season? EveryStep Care & Support Services has you covered.

A Story from EveryStep Hospice: Clive Elliott

"You can help him go by telling him, 'It's alright if you have to go for a while. I will still be here.'" This was one of the wisest things that Clive Elliott had ever heard, spoken to him by the hospice care nurses from EveryStep Hospice who were taking care of his partner, Daniel, when he was dying. Clive's heart slowly broke as he saw Daniel lose his health. He had been with Daniel every step of the way, never leaving his side until one day his friend, Lisa, invited Clive out for coffee. Clive, riddled with guilt at the thought of leaving Daniel alone, almost declined Lisa's offer. But Daniel's hospice care nurses insisted he go and they stayed with Daniel. Before Clive left, he whispered the words that the hospice care nurses advised him to say. By the time Clive arrived home again, Daniel had passed away.

A Story from Our Hospice Houses: The Govi Family

The EveryStep team supports patients, clients and their families and helps them find quality of life during their time of need. That's exactly what the organization did for the Govi family at the end of 2017. Gary R. Govi, who suffered from anemia and Parkinson's disease, spent the last few months of his life at the Kavanagh House on 56th Street, where he made quite the impression on staff. Gary's daughter Debra "Debbie" Richards, credits the EveryStep team with making her father's final days as comfortable as possible. "He wouldn't have gotten the care and the love that he needed, and we wouldn't have gotten that time together. I am thankful for them each and every day."