Local community mobilizes to raise funds for a free palliative care clinic

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ROBINSON, Texas (KWTX) – Hospice workers and the Robinson community held a garage sale on Saturday in hopes of raising money for Central Texas’ first free hospice clinic.

Sandy Ellis has worked in palliative care for over 25 years. She says especially in central Texas, the need to provide free palliative care is not just a problem, it’s a lifelong dream.

“There is no stand-alone hospital facility in this area,” she said.

“You have to go to Austin or Dallas. I’ve always wanted to work at one and many of us on my team have. Dr. Jeff Bates was the medical director at the time, and that was his vision too.

That’s why they teamed up with The Lord’s Work in Robinson to begin converting a small shack on church property into a hospice clinic, hosting a garage sale with dozens of clothes, luggage and even live music to enjoy.

“First, we plan to use the building as a thrift or resale store,” said organizer Jeff Bates.

“Then once we get some traction from the community to raise funds, I think we can spend about $100,000 renovating the cabin and then it could be a three-room hospice. bedrooms.”

So far they have raised over $50,000 towards their goal of $100,000. If successful, they also hope to add five more palliative care clinics in the central Texas area over the next few years. With a lot of work and money to raise, Ellis says she is grateful for the support so far and will continue to pursue this dream until it is realized.

“I can’t stop it because it’s my passion,” she said.

“I believe everyone deserves to die with dignity and respect and that doesn’t happen often.”

Anyone wishing to make a donation can find more information at The site of the Work of the Lord.

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