Nonprofit celebrates 40 years of caring, compassion

Nonprofit celebrates 40 years  of caring, compassion
Dawn Townsend and Kyle Williamson with Danielle McGrath and Jim Monahan

Although the idea of hospice is centuries old, the first modern hospice in the United States wasn’t established until 1974. Shortly thereafter, the beginning of what is now called Community Hospice & Palliative Care came in 1978 when Rev. Paul Brenner formed Friends of Hospice. Now, 40 years later, the nonprofit is far-reaching in its mission and scope, serving 16 counties in Northeast and North Central Florida.

At its 40th anniversary celebration Jan. 25, Community Hospice also recognized the Guardians of Light and The 1979 Society members, all generous donors and supporters who have made an impact on the quality of life in the community.

“We are so grateful for the charitable support we receive from those who believe in our mission and values,” said Michael Ruble, chair of the Board of Directors for the Community Hospice Foundation.

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