Safe Landings

Safe Landings, originally formed 12 years ago to help new mothers make smooth transitions home, expanded its services to anyone in need in 2000. Since its inception, Safe Landings has helped about 500 patients, with 30-40 new cases each year. The program is a free community service and is geared toward helping patients who do not have anyone or cannot hire someone to provide assistance. For more on Safe Landings, contact (804) 627-5261.

Making A Difference: Volunteers give of themselves to make others’ lives better  

For Terry Stone-Wells, giving “Good Help” in her work as an IS Systems Analyst, wasn’t enough. So she chose to also offer her time and talents as a volunteer for Bon Secours Richmond.  

“As a Safe Landings volunteer, I get to serve in a ground-breaking program and gain a rewarding experience at the same time,” Stone-Wells said.  “It’s uplifting to form a special bond with and appreciation for someone in different circumstances. With a full-time job and family, it’s important that I can give a minimal time commitment, yet still make a big difference in a life.”  

Safe Landings, one of many volunteer opportunities through Bon Secours Richmond, is an outreach program that helps patients of all ages and limited resources during their recovery at home. Volunteers help with errands, light housework/meals, respite breaks for new moms/caregivers, or just visit and volunteers occasionally provide transportation to important appointments. Safe Landings always welcomes client referrals as well as new volunteers.  

Giving back

Bon Secours Richmond volunteers — who come from our community and from our workforce — extend our healing ministry through dedication and compassion. They assist patients, families, visitors and community members by working behind the scenes. Their impact is measurable both emotionally and practically.  

Take Memorial Regional for example. In 2009, 370 volunteers served more than 47,000 hours, providing the full-time equivalent of 22.6 staff members or a potential savings of almost $1 million, said Rob Herndon, director of volunteer services at Memorial Regional.   The health system recruits volunteers for each of its four hospitals and its other community outreach opportunities:

  • Care-A-Van – mobile health care clinics
  • Reach Out & Read – children’s literacy and reading program
  • Hospice & Palliative Care – comforting patients and their families through illness and death
  • Noah’s Children – pediatric palliative care and hospice program  

“Volunteers both motivate and inspire me,” said Dede Foerster, director of volunteer services at St. Francis. “To work with a group of quality individuals with many skills who are so internally motivated is a privilege. It is amazing to me that they are always ready and willing to help in whatever way they are able.”  

With appreciation

In recognition of National Volunteer Week, Bon Secours Richmond thanks our more than 1,300 health system volunteers. A variety of activities – with giveaways, special snacks, and pampering products – will be held across the health system to honor those who serve without expectation of notice.  

“Every day at St. Mary’s, our volunteers give their time and talents freely,” said Trish Fawcett, director of volunteer services at St. Mary’s. “There are numerous examples of St. Mary’s volunteers taking customer service to an even higher level and going the extra mile for our patients and visitors.”