Hospice of St. Francis
volunteer Geraldine “Geri” Barringer brings a wealth of experience to her role as a caregiver relief volunteer, both from personal experience and through her professional career. A pioneer in her own right, Geri became the first female officer with the Taos County Sheriff’s Office in New Mexico during the 1970’s. Geri relocated to Brevard County in 1984 and continued to serve as an officer with the Brevard County Sheriff’s office before retiring in the spring of 2010. She has been a lifelong advocate of efforts to help those living with dementia and related illnesses.
Geri cared for several family members who all passed while receiving hospice services. Much like Hospice of St. Francis’ Founder Emilie Sasko, Geri recognized that those nearing the end of life need higher levels of care, compassion and understanding. After the loss of her second husband in 2018 Geri decided that she wanted to once again serve the community by volunteering with Hospice of St. Francis. Geri joined the volunteer team in March 2019 and over the past year has provided more than 150 hours of companionship to St. Francis’ patients.
Geri's empathetic heart and her ability to connect with her patients through emotion and feelings versus words are what make her a much-beloved Caregiver Relief Volunteer. Members of the care team have reported that patients’ faces radiate with emotion when Geri enters the room. Geri has the gift to meet patients where they are in their journey and foster a relationship that is filled with joy, love, and trust.
Each of our Volunteers bring their unique gifts and talents, using them to serve others. Hospice of St. Francis can never fully express the gratitude we feel for Geri and all of our Volunteers who so generously use their hearts and hands to bring comfort, compassion and joy to our patients.