Center for Hospice Care to Honor Sister Carmel Marie Sallows with Helping Hands Award

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An annual tradition of recognizing outstanding community service continues at Center for Hospice Care's 34th Helping Hands Award Dinner, where they will honor Sr. Carmel Marie Sallows, C.S.C.

Sr. Carmel Marie Sallows, C.S.C.

Center for Hospice Care's 34th Annual Helping Hands Award Dinner will take place on the evening of May 2, 2018 at the Hilton Garden Inn in South Bend. Each year, Center for Hospice Care (CHC) honors a deserving recipient with its Helping Hands Award. CHC is thrilled to be honoring someone who has faithfully served the community for more than 60 years – an individual known and loved by many – Sr. Carmel Marie Sallows, C.S.C.

Sr. Carmel was born in South Bend, and spent much of her life in the area. She attended St. Mary’s Prep School, St. Joseph’s Academy, St. Mary’s College, and earned a master of science in education from St. Francis College in Fort Wayne. Sr. Carmel’s teaching career began in 1954 and continued through 1985. She began serving as librarian at St. Joseph High School in 1985, and continues – at the age of 85 – to serve as an assistant librarian to this day. With a remarkable history of service and sacrifice, Sr. Carmel continues to volunteer at four non-profit organizations, including for CHC at its South Bend inpatient care facility.

Given the unique impact she has made on the lives of so many in the community, CHC has created a special fund called the Sister Carmel Helping Hands Fund. Money collected will support CHC's 38-year promise that no one eligible for hospice care will be turned away due to an inability to pay. The establishment of this special fund will give those unable to attend the event an opportunity to participate in honoring Sr. Carmel.

In 2017, Center for Hospice Care provided nearly $2 million in unreimbursed and discounted patient care, as well as bereavement services to patients and families. CHC is proud to give back to the community, and the Sister Carmel Helping Hands Fund will help support those efforts. For more information, please visit

About Center for Hospice Care and the Hospice Foundation

Established in 1978, Center for Hospice Care is an independent, community-based, not-for-profit organization, improving the quality of living through hospice, home health, grief counseling, and community education. With offices in South Bend, Plymouth, Elkhart, La Porte and Mishawaka, CHC serves Elkhart, Fulton, Kosciusko, LaGrange, LaPorte, Marshall, St. Joseph and Starke counties in Northern Indiana.

The Hospice Foundation is committed to supporting the work of CHC through community outreach and education, fundraising activities and other special events. The Foundation helps CHC keep its 38-year promise that no one eligible for hospice services will be turned away, regardless of their ability to pay.

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