In 1983, Hospice of Acadiana started treating the terminally ill determined to give patients the best care in the comfort of their own homes. Thirty years later, the non-profit is still helping families all around Acadiana going through the "end of the life" stage.
Stacks of photo albums track the history of Hospice of Acadiana over the past 30 years. Since its inception in 1983, the program has helped maintain dignity to the dying and help families cope.
And it's all made possible, by volunteer physicians, nurses, and caregivers. One volunteer, Dana Lang joined after Hospice cared for her cancer-stricken mother.
"Lang: "The visitation by the hospice physician and nurse at the start was just very consoling to my mother and me."
And it's people like Doctor Morris Hoffpauir, a retired physician, who make house calls. He knew there was more to practicing medicine, after retiring in 1999. And for the past 14 years, he's helped aid patients through the tough times.
"Hoffpauir: "God gives us a date. Let's do something good with it."
And for hospice nurse, Holly Van Beek, the greatest gift of her role, is helping the weak find strength.
"Van Beek: "Our focus is on the here and now and helping them live and walking the journey with them too, with the patients and the family as well."
As the only non-profit hospice in Acadiana, 30 is a milestone and one those involved feel is an important part of this area's identity.
"Van Beek: "I just feel like I'm part of a legacy in Acadiana that I'm real proud of. I think we're just hitting our stride and we're going to be here for a long time."