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New home for Hospice of Dubuque

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- The city's only non-profit hospice held a grand opening Sunday for its new space.

Hospice of Dubuque executive director Barb Zoeller said the building, which is two-and-a-half times bigger than Hospice of Dubuque's former space, allows the organization to expand its services.

"We'll now have the space to do on-sight bereavement, support - well, we've always done support groups, but, more - and we're going to start doing some education," Zoeller said. "We had totally outgrown the space we were in. We just couldn't put any more people or things into the facility."

More than 1,000 donors funded 90 percent of the building purchase, and the Hospice of Dubuque funded the rest. No government funds were used in this project.

Jeanne Lauritsen's donation wasn't just about giving; it was a chance to give back.

"When my husband was dying of pancreatic cancer, Sherry here, my hospice nurse, came to our rescue and she took the most wonderful care of us," Lauritsen said, standing next to her friend.

As her husband moved toward the end of his life three years ago, "the support and the love was just wonderful," Lauritsen said of the care she and her family received from Hospice of Dubuque.

"When they began this building program, I was all about this," Lauritsen said. "I was so supportive of this, because they needed this new space."

Hospice of Dubuque managed to raise $2.1 million over the course of just one year for the building purchase project.

Online Reporter Becca Habegger

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