“I wanted to get back to working with volunteers,” said Haven Volunteer Coordinator Michelle Colee. “Volunteers want to be here, and they make it a treasure to come to work. Especially volunteers in a setting like this where the work means so much to them.”
Michelle spent over 30 years working with the Girl Scouts, most recently as the director of volunteer and outdoor resources, but this is her first time working with a hospice organization. “I really wanted to work at Haven Hospice. From community members to former caregivers, everyone has great things to say, and I knew it would be a great organization.”
As a volunteer coordinator for Haven, Michelle matches caregivers and patients to the appropriate volunteers to ensure that everyone receives the support and services that are needed. “My objective was to get back to my roots and start working with volunteers again,” said Michelle who spent a year and a half working with Epic Behavioral Healthcare prior to Haven. “But this work with Haven is so much more than that. The volunteers and staff are passionate about serving patients and families. Everyone really loves being here.”
Michelle has only been with Haven a short time but understands the impact that volunteers can have on patients and caregivers. “As their responsibilities grow, caregivers find that simple things like going to the grocery store are much more difficult. By utilizing volunteers, caregivers can find time for these often overlooked tasks with the peace of mind that their loved one is being cared for.”
Michelle and her husband, Francis, have been married for 29 years. They were both were born and raised in St. Augustine. When Michelle isn’t in the office, she and her husband can be found fishing, golfing or just walking around the old city. “St. Augustine holds a special place in my heart, and I’m very happy to be a part of an organization like Haven that provides such invaluable services to my community.”
Volunteers are a vital member of the Haven Care Team. They provide companionship, support and assistance to patients residing at home, in assisted living facilities, nursing homes and hospitals. They also reach out to grieving families, assist with administrative tasks, serve on special event committees and help staff Attic Resale Stores. Haven is proud to have more than 700 community members dedicating their time and talents to patients and families in 18 counties across North Florida. If you are interested in volunteering in St. Augustine, please contact Michelle Colee at 904.417.1280.