One of the unique aspects of Brave Heart Volunteers is our collective belief in the power of working together for a common purpose. The spirit of love and compassion, and the shared goal of helping our neighbors, strengthens and benefits the whole community.
Brave Heart Volunteers is a non-profit, community-based organization offering respite and hospice-like services, grief education and support, case-management/goal development programs, companionship visiting, and caregiver education. We provide free care and support to individuals and families facing health challenges such as terminal or chronic illness, frailty, dementia, disabilities, hospitalization, or end of life.
Established in 2001 by two local nurses and a committed group of community members, BHV sought to address gaps in health care services, specifically in hospice and palliative care. Initial meetings brought together representatives of civic- and service-related organizations, health care providers, faith groups, and interested individuals.
In 2004 we received our Tlingit name, Yee gu.aa yax x'wan which means "Be of Brave Heart." The name reflects the strong connection we hold with our care-receivers, partners, and community as we are called upon to be brave in the face of health challenges and even death.