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A Story from Our Volunteers: Christy Galt

When Christy Galt retired at the age of 60 she knew she wanted to continue to contribute in her community in some way. That's where the EveryStep Giving Tree thrift store came into play. Galt has always had a special place in her heart for hospice care. While she hasn't personally been touched by the end-of-life care, she has admired the mission of such organizations.

A Story from Our Nurse-Family Partnership Program: Crystal A.

As a young, first time mom, Crystal didn't know how much help she was going to need. "At first I didn't want to take the program," Crystal recalled of first learning about EveryStep's Nurse-Family Partnership. The program helps clients establish healthy habits in preparation for their babies by matching a newly pregnant woman with a home-visiting nurse who checks in with the family until the child turns 2 years old.

10 Reasons Why Helping a Family Caregiver Will Be the Best Thing You Do This Holiday Season

The holiday season is in full swing. Have you written your list and checked it twice? There's another item to add to this years' Holiday To-Do List: Help a family caregiver. Chances are you know someone, either in your family or in your circle of friends, who cares for someone with a chronic illness or life-limiting disease. Your help, which could be just one hour out of your weekend, could be the highlight of the season.

A Story from our Grief & Loss Services: Mike Albert

It was a call no one wants to receive: just before Christmas, EveryStep Grief & Loss Services bereavement and spiritual care counselor Mike Albert learned that a patient he had been seeing for nearly eight months had accidentally set himself on fire. The man was being transported to the burn center at the University of Iowa. Albert, who was traveling to Iowa City at the time to spend the holidays with family, called his team director to ensure it was okay for him to visit the man at the hospital. Albert's face was just the one the patient's wife needed to see, as the woman collapsed into his arms. Throughout the night Albert kept watch over the patient, praying and talking as he rested in the hospital bed. He was even present when the man passed away.