Stories from our Volunteers


Charlie is a special friend of the residents at Sanctuary Hospice House. He is a Comfort Creature, Golden Retriever, and rescue dog.  Comfort Creatures is an organization that brings specially trained animals to the hospice house to visit and comfort residents. He has been visiting them for 5+ years.

Lou Ann White & Lee

Lou Ann is a Cardiac Rehab Nurse and Lee is her seven year old female lab, who has a very special gift with people. They became a team with Comfort Creatures after going through training. Lou Ann is a volunteer at Sanctuary; she and Lee visit patients and families. Lee gets very excited when it's time for a visit! Lou Ann felt called by God to be at Sanctuary and loves the atmosphere when seeing the staff & other volunteers at work. They enjoy what they do and hope they can bring a little brightness into someone's day!

LaFadra Macklin

LaFadra is a home hospice volunteer with Sanctuary. She holds two bachelors degrees in Spanish and Journalism from Ole Miss and is now a full time nursing student and works at WTVA as a Newscast Director in Tupelo, MS. LaFadra explained a little bit about why she serves as a volunteer with Sanctuary..."Serving others was instilled in me as a child, and by this time it has become a major part of my life. It was during my involvement in Omega Phi Alpha (a service based sorority) that I was introduced to hospice care. I was immediately intrigued and anxious to find out more. I obtained information about hospice care and began to assist with home hospice. Community service is a part of my life. True service is not something that is done for a couple of hours a week to be recognized; it is those simple acts of kindness done for one’s fellow man when it seems as if no one is looking. Mahatma Ghandi once said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others;” therefore on my journey of life I will always find time and ways to serve others" LaFadra is always going above and beyond in her role as a volunteer, often seeing 2 or 3 patients at a time.

Betty Neilson

Betty has been volunteering at Sanctuary for 6 years and loves every minute. Betty said she has met some wonderful people through the years being a part of the volunteer program. She spends her time visiting with patients and assisting the nurses and aides with clinical care. Betty loves seeing patients and says that she receives blessings from being at the house.