Unity Hospice Receives Grant to Help Washington Island Residents

(Left to right) Alisa Gerke, Executive Director, Michelle Dettlaff, RN, Pat Scieszinski, Social Worker, and Dick Egan, board member of the Door County Community Foundation. Submitted photo.

The Door County Community Foundation recently awarded Unity Hospice and Palliative Care a Sustainability Grant from the Health and Human Needs Fund. This grant will assist with transportation expenses to meet Washington Island’s increasing need for hospice and palliative care. Unity has been serving the needs of Washington Island residents for more than 15 years and is experiencing a growing demand for services. When program services are requested, an individualized care plan is created for each patient by a team comprised of Unity staff, medical professionals, social workers, chaplains, grief counselors and trained volunteers. Once the care plan is determined, Unity programming then provides comprehensive aspects of home care, end-of-life care, ferry transportation and a bereavement program.

“The services provided by Unity are invaluable for community members who are coping with the effects of life-limiting and terminal illness. Unity delivers compassionate programming that supports patients, families and friends as we move through these major life transitions,” said Dick Egan, board secretary of the Door County Community Foundation. For more information call 800.990.9249 or visit