For 34 years, Center for Hospice Care and the Hospice Foundation have given the Helping Hands Award to members of our community who have made a significant difference in the lives of others. Each recipient is unique, and we are thrilled to be able to recognize them with this special award.

Our Past Honorees

For more than 60 years, Sr. Carmel has dedicated her life to serving others both locally and internationally. As a Sister of the Holy Cross, she has mentored several generations of children as a teacher, enriched the lives of numerous individuals through her various volunteer endeavors, and enjoyed the comaraderie of her fellow Sisters while serving in Brazil.

Born in South Bend, Sister Carmel has spent most of her life in the area. She attended St. Mary’s Prep School, St. Joseph’s Academy and St. Mary’s College before venturing to Fort Wayne to earn her master of science in education from St. Francis College. Sr. Carmel’s teaching career began in 1954 and continued through 1985. Following her “retirement,” she began serving as librarian at St. Joseph High School, and only recently “retired”  – at the age of 85 – from her service as an assistant librarian.

First Responders - 2017

Bob Buetter - 2016

Joe Kernan - 2016

Lou Behre - 2015

Bob Deputy - 2014

Ann Manion - 2013

Mary Ferlic - 2012

Father Richard Warner - 2011

Dot Weikamp- 2010

Burkhart-Miller Family - 2009

Chris and Carmi Murphy - 2008

Mary Jane Stanley - 2007

Chuck Roemer - 2006

Spirit of Hospice - 2005

Roberta and Ben Ziolkowski - 2004

Mike Leep - 2003

Barbara Warner - 2002

Donald and Patricia Cressy - 2001

Lou Nanni - 2000

Sister Maura Brannick - 1999

Dr. Otis Bowen - 1998

William Shields - 1997

Elmer and Gerald Kamm - 1996

JoAnn Meehan - 1995

Dr. Roland & Dorothy Chamblee - 1994

Bishop Joseph Crowley - 1993

Rabbi Yisreal Gettinger - 1993

Fr. Gerhart Niermeyer - 1993

Fr. Theodore Hesburgh - 1992

Arthur J. Decio - 1991

Judd and Mary Lou Leighton - 1990

Richard Rosenthal - 1989

Jerry Hammes - 1988

Ernestine M. Raclin - 1987

Rev. Edmund Joyce - 1986

James Frick - 1985