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April 7-13 is National Volunteer Week

April 7 to 13 is National Volunteer Week, and organizations across the country are celebrating the gifts of time and talent that individuals selflessly give to help others. Nowhere is this commitment more valuable and heartfelt than in hospice – and hospice is thriving in this community thanks to its ...read more

Vote for Serenity to Win $20,000!–WE WON!!

Thank you to everyone who helped Serenity Hospice win $20,000 from Sterling Federal Bank's online charity poll.  Thank you Sterling Federal for your generosity!

Angel Ball Celebrates 25 Years of Service

Serenity staff enjoy a fun evening at the 25th Annual Angel Ball.  The ball is a fundraising event that supports Serenity Hospice, Village of Progress and the Rotary Foundation.  Thank you to all the supporters who help make this yearly tradition successful.

Serenity Recognizes National Hospice Month

National Hospice and Palliative Care Month is November. As part of their commitment to well-being, Serenity Hospice believes strongly in holistic treatments for the body, mind and soul. To celebrate National Hospice Month, Serenity is offering free Self-Care Classes open to the public. The class will focus on nutrition (try ...read more

Serenity CNA Raises over $3000 for Suicide Prevention

  Serenity Hospice CNA Jen Bemis knows the heartbreak of suicide all too well.  Her father killed himself in 1988 and earlier this year Jen received the unimaginable news that her 23 year-old-niece had also killed herself. “Suicide has impacted my life not once, but twice,” said Bemis.  “That is why ...read more

Oregon Girls Soccer Team Plants Flowers at Serenity

The Oregon High School Girls Soccer team chose planting flowers at Serenity Hospice & Home as their service project this year.  “As a team it’s important to work together on the field and it’s important to work together in our community to make it a better place,” said team Captain ...read more

Serenity Receives Zero Citations from the State—-again!

Serenity Hospice Has Zero Deficiencies   For the sixth year in a row, Serenity Hospice and Home has received zero deficiencies on their annual survey conducted by the Illinois Department of Public Health.  “We are very pleased by the results of the recent survey,” said Executive Director Lynn Knodle.  “We take great ...read more

2018 Garden Luncheon a Success

The buzzing bee theme of Serenity's Annual Garden Luncheon was a big success!  The decorations made by Mary Meiners and Pam Gambrel were adorable and we even had guests arrive dressed for the occasion as bees!  We had two adorable guests, Grahm whose mother works for Serenity, and Addison whose ...read more

Serenity’s Dr. K Wins Award

Serenity Dr. Named YWCA Woman of Achievement Dr. Juliette Kalweit,  a doctor for Serenity Hospice and Home and also at Swedish American hospital, was recently named a Woman of Achievement at the YWCA Leadership Luncheon in Rockford.  Dr. Kalweit, exemplifies excellence, commitment to success and is a role model for future ...read more

Man’s Last Wish Granted

“I left home at 15 and had to support myself,” said the 78-year old Charles Lutzow.  “I ushered at the Coranado Theater and it was very beautiful and grand. I met lots of famous people.” Life then took over and he had children and other jobs and served in the military, ...read more