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NH-VT Palliative Services

Massage and Compassionate Touch for People with Cancer

aka The Hand to Heart Project   |   Cornish Flat, NH   |  https://handtoheartproject.org/

Mission

The Hand to Heart Project (a program of NH-VT Palliative Services, a New Hampshire nonprofit corporation) provides the comfort of free, in-home massage and compassionate touch to people with cancer, and to their caregivers. The program now covers approximately 100 towns in western New Hampshire and southeastern and southwestern Vermont. We work with people of all ages, with all types and stages of cancer. Some of our clients are going through treatment for their cancer, and other clients have ended treatment and are approaching the end of life. Since the day the program was launched, it has helped people find moments of physical and spiritual peace during extraordinarily difficult times.

Ruling year info

2007

Executive Director, LMT

Stephen Gordon

Main address

PO Box 248

Cornish Flat, NH 03746 USA

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EIN

20-8392265

NTEE code info

Hospice (P74)

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The Hand to Heart Project

Since 2007, The Hand to Heart Project has been providing the comfort of free, in-home massage and compassionate touch to people with cancer, and to their caregivers. The program now covers approximately 100 towns in western New Hampshire and southeastern and southwestern Vermont.

Every year, we make hundreds of home visits, some of them to people who can get onto a massage table and receive what to most people would look like a standard massage, and some of them to people who cannot get onto a table and receive the hands-on work while in a chair or bed. While many of our clients are in treatment for cancer and hoping or expecting to be well again, we also have been with people in the last weeks, days, and even hours before death. Since the day the program was launched, it has helped people find moments of physical and spiritual peace during extraordinarily difficult times.

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

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NH-VT Palliative Services

Board of directors
as of 01/19/2024
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Board chair

Margaret Bonney

Tara Velozo

Gene Lattuga

Jean Allen

Kate Freeland

Barbara Rosenquest