Sussman House, located on the Pen Bay Medical Center campus in Rockport, opened its doors to hospice patients and their families in December 2014.

Since that time, Sussman House support volunteers have played an integral role in the success of the House. While not having direct patient interaction, Sussman House support volunteers do the many things that make the Sussman House feel like a home.

Volunteers welcome families and visitors, bake, cook, garden, answer the phone, assist with light office work, and help with special events. The ways that support volunteers can make a difference are diverse and can be tailored to an individual’s interests and availability.

All volunteers attend an orientation (between five and six hours) and scheduling is coordinated by MaineHealth Care at Home, which manages and operates the Sussman House.

The next training and information session for volunteers will be offered at MaineHealth Care at Home, Coastal Division office at 170 Pleasant St., Rockland on Wednesday, Oct. 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will include a free light lunch.

To register or to learn more, please call MaineHealth Care at Home at 1-800-660-4867 and ask for or email Joy Chamberlin, Volunteer Coordinator, at jchamberlin@mhcah.org.