Northwest Michigan Hospice Assist (founded in 1982 as Charlevoix County Hospice and serving since 2002 as the non-medical partner in Hospice of Northwest Michigan) began as a groundswell movement by Mrs. Margaret Lasater and a dedicated group of Charlevoix County residents to provide support for families and caregivers caring for a dying loved one in their home. Through the years, the office locations, personnel, partnerships and territory served may have changed, but the mission established all those years ago remains: to provide compassionate social support services, without charge, to those facing life limiting illness and experiencing grief over the loss of a loved one.
We accomplish these deeds through a mixture of hired professionals, dedicated Board members and a highly trained volunteer network.
Our ultimate dream is find a space that we can call home. A real home. One that we can share, room and board free, to welcome travelers at the crossroads who need support, who might not have a caregiver where they live and thus, cannot receive hospice services. A place where we can provide grief support groups in a home setting. That is our dream.
Jeanne Marriott has been the Executive Director since May, 2018. She is a transplant to northern Michigan, having moved to the area in 2006. Jeanne received a Bachelor of Science degree from Central Michigan University in 1986 and then moved to the east coast to pursue her career. After spending a dozen years living in Boston, Toronto and New York City, she returned home to DeWitt, Michigan. “I was helping care for my elderly parents and it made me realize the great gaps there are in our society for helping people face chronic disease,” says Marriott. After her mother passed away on hospice services, she realized she had found her passion. Jeanne and her husband moved north with their beagle/basset fur-baby and she began her career in nonprofit communications and development.
David Behling is Northwest Michigan Hospice Assist’s Spiritual Advisor and Bereavement Counselor. For more than 30 years David has walked with the sick and hurting. In his work he facilitates groups and individual counseling in a caring and compassionate way for individuals and families in the areas served by Northwest Michigan Hospice Assist. David draws upon his many years of experience having compassionately assisting individuals and families, but also from his own experience as a bereaved parent.
Our Board of Directors
Melissa Zelenak, President
Deb Van Dyke, Treasurer
Mary Martinchek, Secretary
Dr. Geralyn Doskoch, Director
Bryan Smith, Director