Welcome to our first issue of The Compass to Compassion, an e-newsletter designed to keep you informed on the direction of Arkansas Hospice. By supporting our mission, you are navigating a path to compassion for our patients and families.

We're excited to launch this publication to stay connected with our donors, volunteers, employees, and everyone who takes part in our mission.
A Word from our Chief Philanthropy Officer
Dear friends and supporters,

This past year has brought about more change than most of us would experience in a lifetime. Everyday life has been completely flipped upside down for so many – working from home, staying socially distant, wearing masks, and having little personal interaction with people in general.

It has demanded that we look at our lives in different ways and examine the things most important to us. In some ways it has been a difficult situation to navigate, there’s no doubt about that. But I’ve also heard countless people express gratitude that our new norm has brought them closer to their families; working on personal projects and providing the extra time that we were always begging for in our busy lives. For me, this has been true as well.

For the past two decades, I’ve been able to work with some truly amazing non-profits with missions that focus on healthcare, education and ending hunger and poverty. I’ve worked with great philanthropists in helping guide their giving to align with their missions as well.
"It's not a job, but a journey."
But when I heard that Arkansas Hospice was looking for a new Chief Philanthropy Officer, I felt moved to pursue this opportunity because I knew what it meant to be on the receiving end of this sacred mission. My father had been a patient of Arkansas Hospice at the Ottenheimer Inpatient Center at St. Vincent’s in Little Rock, and I knew the relief I felt in having him be at peace, at last. The comfort my father and family received was the balm that I knew I could help pass on to other patients and their families. The foundation-shaking experience of losing a parent would be the journey that would lead me to this opportunity at Arkansas Hospice.

In my very short time here, I’ve discovered an amazing universe of people who are committed, passionate, selfless and relentless in offering physical, emotional and spiritual support to the patients and families we serve. Asking others to support Arkansas Hospice is not a job, but a journey - to keep that circle of giving in motion.

Grief has never been greater for so many, and we are needed now more than ever to provide relief and quality-of-life through hospice, palliative care and bereavement services. It’s our time to help others as we have been helped. For now, much normalcy is on hold, but our mission continues.

I look forward to meeting you all and hearing about your journey and connection with Arkansas Hospice. Send me an email, drop me a note, call me anytime. Let’s walk this road together.

With gratitude,
Shannon Boshears, CFRE
Vice President and Chief Philanthropy Officer
Arkansas Hospice, Inc.
14 Parkstone Circle
North Little Rock, AR 72216
Click photo for a link to the news release
for Shannon joining Arkansas Hospice!
A very special volunteer who lives the hospice mission - even as a patient herself - was recently discovered in Hot Springs. Click the link to watch her inspiring story of how she is warming heads, and hearts, as reported on THV11.
Over $97,000 Raised in our Year-End Appeal!
Thanks to YOU, our mission continues. Our year-end appeal was a success because of the generosity of all our donors. Your support enhances the programs and services we provide, and helps meet the needs of our patients and their families that are not met through traditional means.
Thank you for all you do in support of Arkansas Hospice.
Your generosity helps so many in need face the end of life with dignity and comfort through world-class, compassionate care from the state’s largest, non-profit provider.