Clergy Resources

As a leader of a local house of worship, you are likely the first contact for those in your congregation or parish who are struggling physically, emotionally, mentally, or spiritually. As a trusted provider of care and services throughout homes and communities in West Central Pennsylvania since 1968, Home Nursing Agency can be a resource for you to provide support to the individuals and families who come to you.

Who Do We Serve

Home Nursing Agency offers services for people of all ages - from care before birth to those at the end of life and beyond. Our Continuum of Care shows the services that we provide for people of different ages. See Our Services for more information about each program. 

Referring Someone for Care

Anyone can refer someone to receive care through our programs by calling the Customer Contact Center at 1-800-445-6262. With some basic information, our experienced team can follow up with the individual and his/her physician as necessary to determine eligibility for care and the appropriate level of services. 

Helping Grieving Children and Adults

The journey of loss and grief is unique for every person. Through our experience in Hospice and supporting family members for 13 months after the passing of their loved one, we have developed some resources that may be helpful for those who are anticipating a loss or have experienced the death of a loved one.

Click on the resources below to view:

for Adults:
Anticipatory Grief
What is Grief
Caring for Yourself
Healing Help

for Children:
How to Help Children with Anticipatory Grief Issues
Developmental Stages of Grief
Talking to Children about Hospice and Death/Dying
Involving Children in Funeral, Memorial Services

Children who have suffered the loss of a loved one, such as a parent, sibling, grandparent, or close family member experience grief and process loss in many ways different from the adults around them. Recognizing their unique needs, Home Nursing Agency offers the Healing Patch: A Program for Loss and Hope for Grieving Children and Their Families. This free peer support program offers a safe environment where grieving children and their families can discover they are not alone in their grief by interacting with others who have encountered similar losses. If families are not able to be part of the sessions at the Altoona or Ebensburg locations, the Healing Patch offers a Lending Library and other resources that can offer support in other ways. 

For grieving adults, we offer free Grief Support Groups throughout our service areas. These groups are open to anyone in the community experiencing grief. Please check our Calendar of Events to see the dates and locations of upcoming Grief Support Groups. 

For Those Who Want to Make a Difference as a Volunteer

You may have people who are in a season of life of being able and willing to serve as volunteers. We welcome volunteers at Home Nursing Agency to make a difference in the lives of others in a variety of ways.

Hospice volunteers can: 

  • Show compassion for & provide support to patients of all ages & their families, as well as fellow volunteers
  • Be emotionally present & listen to people who are dealing with physical & emotional pain
  • Write letters, read, talk, listen & provide other supportive acts of kindness
  • Provide relief to family members
  • Report status of patients & families to Hospice staff
  • Offer administrative support in the Hospice office
  • Interact with various people from different ethnic, socioeconomic & religious backgrounds
  • Represent Home Nursing Agency at special events


Healing Patch volunteers can serve as:

Group Facilitator: 

  • Plan & facilitate group activities/discussions as vehicles for sharing stories & memories, making connections among group members & communicating grief


  • Welcome family members & help with sign-in process
  • Help families settle in for the evening

Food Server:

  • Serve dinner to families & help where needed
  • Package left over food for families to take home

Sewing Projects:

  • Sew together individual quilt squares into family quilt squares displayed at the Healing Patch centers
  • Create teddy bears using clothing, pictures or other items that belonged to the person who died

Special Supportive Roles:

  • Help Healing Patch staff with clerical duties
  • Assist at community events by raising awareness of children’s grief and the Healing Patch program
  • Assist with fundraising efforts
  • Help at special events with child care, registering participants, etc.


Interested volunteers can apply online or contact:

Melody Ray - Healing Patch Volunteer Coordinator, Hospice Volunteer Coordinator for Cambria County
1-800-445-6262, ext. 7216 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Catherine Zimmerman - Hospice Volunteer Coordinator for Bedford, Blair, Centre, Clearfield, Huntingdon, Indiana, Mifflin, Juniata, Somerset Counties
1-800-445-6262, ext. 2657 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.