Dignity Health | St. Rose Dominican | Reach | Winter 2020

StRoseHospitals.org  9 No gift is too small. If you are interested in making a donation to support the program, please contact the St. Rose Dominican Health Foundation at 702.616.5750 . and other food banks, they turned their focus to delivering food packages to clients unable to shop. Camburn says, “Our team also built Humankindness Kits with essentials we knew our clients needed—soap, toilet paper, shampoo, paper towels, face masks.” A community of caring Donations and grants provide the majority of the organization’s funding. Clients are not charged Need a Helping Hand? Call 702.616.6554 to learn how we can help. “They treat me like family,” says 64-year-old Melony Holton, who uses Helping Hands transportation services. “The drivers get out of the van to assist me, and they wait until I get into my house before driving away. I feel special and taken care of.” Vince Diego became a Helping Hands staff driver in 2014. He picks up clients at their homes in his colorful Helping Hands van and takes themwherever they need to go. His thankful riders bring him far more personal satisfaction than his previous construction job. “They are so grateful,” he says. “As soon as they get into the car, it’s ‘Thank you, thank you, thank you.’ Every day.” Rising to the challenge The Helping Hands team is going strong, even under COVID-19 restrictions. “It never occurred to us that we might shut down,” Camburn says. “Our first task was to let seniors know we were still here for them.” Findlay adds, “We knew they would be feeling isolated and needed the emotional support we provide.” Being unable to check in face- to-face, Helping Hands turned to the phones, making more than 1,000 calls to check the welfare of homebound seniors. In conjunction with Three Square for any Helping Hands assistance, although many make contributions based on their ability to pay. Diego has never regretted his career change. He knows the work he’s doing nowmakes a difference. “I like helping them keep their independence,” he says. “They are the forgotten ones in our society. For some of them, we might be the only person they see all week. I sleep well at night knowing I helped someone that day.”