The Cottage is a tribute to all those served by Hospice Caring in the past and is a living legacy and testament to the community's attitude towards caring for one another in the hospice tradition. The Cottage is a comfortable space that is full of life and compassion. Its uniqueness lies in the fact that what was once an abandoned house is now a gathering place for many purposes, reminding us that end-of-life matters can be positive and life-affirming. In 2001, thanks to a $50,000 bond bill sponsored by Senator Jennie Forehand and Delegate Michael Gordon in the Maryland State Legislature and a matching $50,000 bill through County Executive Doug Duncan and the Montgomery County Council, the Cottage became a reality. Extensive renovations were required. With grants and room sponsorships, in-kind contributions and many, many volunteer hours, the Cottage was officially opened in 2002.
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After Penny Gladhill participated in a volunteer hospice training in Frederick County, she recognized the need for such an organization in Montgomery County, where she lived. In 1988, eight people who did not know each other well, had no influence in the community, and had no financial backing came together to create a volunteer hospice to serve Montgomery County residents. These eight became our first Board of Directors. Hospice Caring was launched!
The amazing volunteers who were drawn to the program moved us forward. Their willingness to share anyone’s end of life journey or comfort those who had lost a loved one was Hospice Caring’s greatest asset and gift. Their passion for our mission spearheaded our programs. Specialized adult bereavement programs, the Good Grief Clubs for grieving children, and Camp Caring were all brought to life by dedicated volunteers. Hospice Caring’s goal to meet the needs of our community is happening every day and the community’s support to help keep our doors open acknowledges our success.
The Hospice Caring Cottage
The Cottage is located in Bohrer Park in Gaithersburg. How the Cottage came to be is documented in this Gazette article. It has attractively landscaped gardens surrounding a red brick building that overlooks the park and pond. The Cottage is comfortably furnished like a home, with an atmosphere that is welcoming and conducive to quiet reflection as well as to group activities. All Hospice Caring staff and their offices are located at the Cottage. In addition, the Cottage serves as a meeting place for many Hospice Caring bereavement groups, book discussion groups, retreats, and staff and board meetings.