Services

Brave Heart Volunteers provides quality education, support services, and volunteer visiting for families and individuals facing health challenges, end of life, loneliness, or grief and loss.

To begin the process of establishing services with Brave Heart Volunteers, please complete the Referral Form and the Care Receiver Intake Forms. Then submit the completed forms to Brave Heart Volunteers by email to kathryn@braveheartvolunteers.org or in person at 120 Katlian Street, Sitka, AK.

 
Read below to learn about our areas of service. 

Volunteers at Brave Heart are compassionate, caring, and available up to 2 hours a week to connect with your loved one for social and emotional support. Volunteers are not trained to provide medical assistance of any kind, but can spend time conversing, playing cards, reading, or other similar activities with your loved one. They may also assist with errands, minor household tasks, or light yard work.  

Contact us to learn more about connecting with a volunteer or becoming a volunteer.

Visiting and Companionship
End of Life Compassionate Support & Respite

Our volunteers keep vigil at the bedsides of those who are nearing the end of life, and they provide necessary respite for caregivers. Our volunteers do not provide medical assistance, but their compassionate presence allows care receivers to focus on physically, emotionally, and spiritually preparing for an end of life transition that is meaningful to them and their caregivers.

 

We also offer an hour-long instructional program for families who are facing the unexpected, imminent loss of a loved one and have never assisted someone who is dying. Our aim is to provide enough resources, encouragement, and confidence to bear such a challenging experience. 

Contact us to learn more about end of life care support for your loved one.

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Grief Support

The Grief Support Group is offered a few times a year and follows an eight-week curriculum. We provide a comfortable, confidential setting for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one and want to feel supported by others in a similar situation.  

Contact us if you would like to participate in our next grief support group.

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Education & Training

By providing educational programs such as our volunteer orientation & our compassionate care at end-of-life training, as well as resources on our website and through our in-house lending library, we hope we can connect you to resources that work.

Come by our office at the Pioneers' Home Manager's House to explore our extensive Lending Library. The collection includes resources such as DVDs and books about Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementia, Grief and Bereavement, Care-giving, Hospice, Palliative Care, End of Life, Poetry, Inspirational books and more!

A Glimpse of Who We Are and How We Serve

Here's a look at 20 years of Brave Heart Volunteers service in Sitka.

 

WHO WE ARE: We are your friends and neighbors who have a heart for serving those in need.

WHAT WE DO: We provide community education and training for bighearted volunteers who want to companion those who are ill, at the end of life, lonely, isolated, or grieving. We nurture. We affirm. We love.

WHY WE DO IT: The reasons are endless and the benefits are immeasurable.

 

We celebrate all past and present volunteers, care receivers, caregivers, staff, and Board members. 

Thank you for 20 years of Heartshine, Sitka!

What does it mean to be of Brave Heart?

Thank you Outer Coast! This video is part of a story collection project  our Outer Coast -Brave Heart Volunteers have been working on for the past few months.  Thank you to the Outer Coast students for listening, recording, and working on this project.  Thank you to the volunteers who allowed us to interview, and for sharing from the heart. Continue to Be of Brave Heart.

Artchange, Inc., a non-profit organization, created several documentaries about life in Sitka, in a project called 14 Miles.  Brave Heart Volunteers had the honor of being featured in Episode 26: Not Looking for Easy.  This video provides a small glimpse of who we are and how we serve some of our wonderful care receivers. 

As Artchange, Inc. says, "In this 14 Miles episode, we spend time with Jamie, a local Sitkan empowered, through the help of service organizations like Brave Heart Volunteers, to live in her own home and live her life the way she wants to."