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Steve Griffin New St. Francis Foundation Board Member

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When the foundation is looking to add a new board member, we look no further than our wonderful volunteers at St. Francis. We are delighted that Steve was willing to step up and be a part. The following was written previously but highlights how Steve gives back to his community. We would like to congratulate our amazing pet therapy and Veteran volunteer, Steve Griffin, on being the Space Coast Daily 2020 Humanitarian Award recipient for his work with St. Francis Reflections Lifestage Care. As a Veteran, Steve has the special ability to connect with our Veteran patients, providing them with both friendly companionship visits as well as beautiful Veteran pinning ceremonies for them and their families. Steve is a graduate of WestPoint and has a vast knowledge of the different military branches to help not only present a thorough background about the patient’s time in the service, but to also explain those details to their families in an effort to help them better understand the selfless sacrifice of their loved ones.  Steve also provides pet therapy services with the help of his trusty, furry companion, Sparky. Steve and Sparky are a wonderful pet therapy team that spread such joy as they make their visits to our hospice patients all over Brevard County. It is delightful to watch the patients and staff of nursing homes light up as Steve and Sparky walk through the door.

Steve and his wife are big advocates for animal welfare and adoption in the community. Steve has recently taken a role on the advisory board for St. Francis Reflections’ Pet Pledge Program, which helps hospice patients find loving homes for their animals as they approach the end of their lives. Steve and Sparky can also be found volunteering at nearby hospitals and cancer centers bringing smiles to the faces of all those they meet along the way!

Thank you Steve and Sparky for all of your amazing volunteer work. Again, on behalf of all of us at St. Francis Reflections, Congratulations.

To watch the segment produced by Space Coast Daily about Steve and Sparky, visit: https://www.facebook.com/SpaceCoastDaily/videos/2020-central-florida-humanitarian-award-recipient-hospice-volunteer-steve-griffi/1061545877651083/ .

Reflections of Life Articles: April 2022

Calling All Hearts

What does it take to make a day better and brighter for those we serve? Our volunteers look for those opportunities. Sometimes it is a phone call, a personal visit or a hand written note of encouragement. Sometimes it is bringing lovely therapy pets to those who need a little snuggle and love. Sometimes it …

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All You Need is Love

They say to make life wonderful – All You Need is Love and A Little Help From My Friends well Rockin’ the Sunset certainly had that and much more. In the midst of days with cold, rainy forecasts the night was clear and the temperature perfect. We rocked the sunset with Liverpool Live. The band …

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We PAWS to Honor Ruth

Shawn Bassham I had the pleasure of visiting with Ruth Giusti and her little dog on multiple occasions. Ruth loved animals, and anyone that knew her knew that. When she was making decisions for her estate, she looked to see where she could help and that is when she learned about the Pet Pledge Program …

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Hats Off means the FUN is ON

Hats Off For Kids is a Kentucky Derby styled event and hat contest. Bring your Derby hat to enter into the contest with themes including: Kraziest hat, Space Coast themed hat, Favorite Movie themed hat and Most Elegant hat. Prizes will be awarded for each theme, but the real winners will be the families of …

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The Doctor Is In – Elementary School

The weather may have been gloomy outside, but inside the Children’s Center in Titusville it was all fun and education. Children received a special teddy bear who was their patient for the day. As the “doctors”, the children able to take vitals on the patient and see an x-ray of him. They bandaged his wounds …

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Centered Around what Matters Most – YOU

Over the last several months St. Francis Reflections has opened our second inpatient care center and provided sneak peeks of another in Brevard County. Our very first care center was built on gifted land from Edward M. Poe, who knew how important an inpatient care center would be to his hometown of Titusville. In 2015, …

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A Gift of Service – A Life of Honor

Sonata Viera Assisted Living Facility honored their Veterans with the help of St. Francis Reflection’s Christine Tate, the Veterans Coordinator. She was joined by Rolling Thunder Florida Chapter 1 who raised the POW/MIA flag, and the colors presentation was provided by Viera High School JROTC Color Guard. The Star-Spangled Banner, and later God Bless America …

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E is for Empathy

There are three Es in the history of St. Francis Reflections that spells Empathy. It began in 1977 when Emilie Sasko saw that her neighbors in end of life where walking that road alone. As an RN with great Empathy she stepped forward when most of the country was not doing anything like this in …

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Heart of Hospice

The 2022 Heart of Hospice Awards were held at the USSSA Space Coast Complex with staff members and family on hand to celebrate 10 very special honorees. The honorees are selected because they go above and beyond their jobs uplifting patients and others in our community. They live out our mission of uplifting lives, uplifting …

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