Hospice of Lansing & Stoneleigh Residence received a $40,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation to assist low-income, uninsured and/or underinsured patients access to hospice care services and Stoneleigh Residence. Specifically, this grant will positively impact the local community and patients who are terminally ill by giving them access to high quality, 24-hour end of life care, regardless of their ability to pay through the assistance of the Helping Hands Charitable and Subsidized Hospice Care Program.
“With this amazing grant, we are able to provide care at Stoneleigh Residence for patients who otherwise would not have access,” said John Person, Executive Director at Hospice of Lansing & Stoneleigh Residence. “As research shows, living on a bare-minimum/poverty level budget does not allow for any savings, leaving a household vulnerable to unexpected expenses. When unexpected expenses arise, families are then forced to make difficult choices and take unnecessary risks. Now with this grant and our assistance, a family’s focus can be on the loved one in need without sacrificing their own welfare.”
Hospice of Lansing started taking care of patients in 1979, before there was any insurance reimbursement for hospice care. Its founders were a group of dedicated doctors, nurses and community volunteers who began providing care to the dying on their own time. In 1993, Ionia Area Hospice merged with Hospice of Lansing. Ionia Area Hospice retains its own identity.
In 2001, the community came together in support of a capital campaign to build our eight-bed inpatient unit: Stoneleigh Residence. Hospice of Lansing and Ionia Area Hospice serve a 10-county area and provide care in private homes, facilities and at Stoneleigh Residence. They are true community-based hospices; created out of necessity and driven by our mission to serve all regardless of the ability to pay. The Hospice of Lansing family provides pain management and personal care, respite care, emotional and spiritual support, volunteer support and grief support after the loss.
“We are thankful that organizations like Hospice of Lansing & Stoneleigh Residence are here for mid-Michigan patients and their families in times of great need,” said Jim Winkler, Walmart Regional General Manager. “Through this donation, we are honored to support these families during such an important time.”
The Walmart Foundation supports organizations that create opportunities so people can live better, awarding grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S.
To be considered for support, perspective grantee organizations must submit applications through the Walmart Foundation’s online grant application. Applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in order to meet the program’s minimum eligibility criteria. Additional information about the program’s funding guidelines and application process are available online at www.walmartfoundation.org/stategiving.
About Philanthropy at Walmart
By using our strengths to help others, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation create opportunities for people to live better every day. Walmart has stores in 28 countries, employing more than 2.3 million associates and doing business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people. Through our philanthropy, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are helping people live better by accelerating upward job mobility and economic development for the retail workforce; addressing hunger and making healthier, more sustainably-grown food a reality; and building strong communities where we operate and inspiring our associates to give back. Whether it is helping to lead the fight against hunger in the United States with $2 billion in cash and in-kind donations or supporting Women’s Economic Empowerment through a series of grants totaling $10 million to the Women in Factories training program in Bangladesh, China, India and Central America, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are not only working to tackle key social issues, we are also collaborating with others to inspire solutions for long-lasting systemic change. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.