“I shall pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Sojourn Center was founded in 2007 by a group of hospice and medical professionals and community members with the conviction that all people deserve access to end-of-life care that enhances dignity, comfort and quality. Now a broad-based community effort, Sojourn Center will help individuals, their loved ones, and caregivers find personal meaning and worth in life’s final journey.
Sojourn Center will support New River Valley residents by providing a seven-bed residential facility for terminally ill individuals who cannot be cared for at home. Sojourn Center will provide residential and nursing care in a comfortable, loving and homelike setting. Residents and their families will be served by local hospice agencies. Specially trained, 24-hour on-site staff will provide bedside care. Consultations by palliative care professionals will be available for residents with more challenging symptoms. Alternative therapies such as music therapy, aroma therapy and massage therapy will be available for residents and their loved ones. Residents’ loved ones will be welcomed and encouraged to participate in the care and support of the resident. Spiritual support honoring each resident’s culture and religion will be integrated into care.
Phase 2 of the plan will be a center for end-of-life education. The facility will serve as a training ground for students of medicine, nursing, social work, geriatrics, pastoral care, and alternative therapies as well as healthcare providers, caregivers and volunteers.
Sojourn Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations are tax-deductible.