Celebrating Lois Matteson, a Volunteer of Hospice for Sixteen Years
In honor of National Volunteer Week we’re meeting a Wexford County woman who’s dedicating her life to helping others.
For the past 16 years, Lois Matteson has spent most of her free time volunteering with Hospice of Michigan.
Lois volunteers with hospice patients in both Cadillac and Traverse City.
She says doing something that helps others brightens up her life too.
“I don’t feel like I’m giving. I get I always get in the car and I feel like, Lois you gave so little and you got so much,” Louis Matteson, Volunteer.
Lois Matteson walks into each day of volunteering with a smile on her face and hands ready to help.
“When I retired I said that I needed to do something to fill my time and I like being around people and so I said I wanted to volunteer for Hospice,” says Matteson.
“She visits patients and provides companionship. She relieves caregivers or spouses of their duties so that she can spend time with the patient so they can get out and run their errands,” Kathy Leitaert, Volunteer Program Manager.
Whether Lois is reading to people, talking with them or even providing them comfort in the last hours of their life, the relationships she builds are unforgettable.
“These people just seem like they are so happy to have somebody come to see them so I don’t feel like I give. I get more than I give,” Matteson says.
Doing it out of the kindness of her heart, she makes patients and the families feel comfortable and loved.
“It’s just a gift that’s been given to me and I can’t explain it. It’s just been a gift I’ve been able to use,” Matteson says.
Hospice is always welcoming new volunteers!
If you’re interested this is their link!