Stories of Care

Read about inspiring volunteers in our Holiday Newsletter

Please read the Serenity Holiday Newsletter and learn about some of the amazing and inspiring ways that passionate volunteers are supporting our mission! Click here to read.

Jack of all Trades …and Jill’s too! Barn Sale

Jack of all Trades…and Jill’s too! opens for four days only July 22nd through 25th. The barn at 1194 W Mud Creek Road, Oregon IL will be FILLED again with everything a person needs or wants. This sale includes new and vintage items, collectibles and fun things to own such more

Karen Virnoche Hosting Antique Fundraiser for Serenity

Karen Virnoche-Brown Hosting Antique Sale to Benefit Serenity Hospice   Neighbor’s Antiques is hosting a close-out sale and all proceeds benefit Serenity Hospice and Home.  All items must go and the garage sale pricing will shock you!  The sale will be Jan. 21-24 and 28-30 from 9-5 each day.  Neighbor’s is located more

Continued from our Holiday 2020 Newsletter….

 Jack ‘n Jill Aren’t Playing Around Local Couple Replaces Fundraiser’s Lost Revenue For area non-profits COVID-19 has made fundraising in 2020 quite difficult. For Serenity Hospice and Home located in Oregon, IL and serving nine counties in Northern Illinois, their major yearly fundraisers all had to be canceled. “We have a fundraising more

Serenity Helps Couple Renew Vows

After more than 50 years of marriage, Charles and Marianne Svihlik still look at each other with love. Marianne is a cancer survivor and Charles is a current patient with Serenity Hospice. “Their daughter called me and asked if I would conduct a marriage vow renewal ceremony,” said Serenity Chaplain more

Darline Turns 100!

Serenity Hospice patient, Darline Smith, celebrated her 100th birthday on July 26, 2018  in the Serenity Home in Oregon, IL.  She was surrounded by friends, family and staff.   Happy Birthday Darline!

Local Men Sell Firewood to Benefit Serenity

Serenity House does an amazing job giving comfort and dignity to individuals with health issues,” said Mike Austin, “This is our way of thanking them for what they do.” Austin and Leon Kitzmiller sell wood to benefit Serenity. They split the wood and put it in a trailer parked at more

Serenity’s Dr. K Honored with 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 more

The Quilts of Serenity

               There’s an old proverb that says, “One who sleeps under a quilt is comforted by love.” The many quilts at Serenity Hospice and Home were all made with love and bring warmth and comfort to the patients and their families. “The quilts were one of the first things I noticed more

Mr. Woodin

Serenity patient Gerald Woodin loved his basement. He had a workshop there and the space held some wonderful memories. When Serenity caregivers Tiffany and Stephanie helped him down those stairs for the last time they were amazed to find not only a workshop, but a bar and dance floor as more

Go Fund Me Gives Serenity $1K

Serenity Hospice and Home was given $1000 from This large international fundraising website was a part of Serenity’s 100 Miles for Hospice walk on the Pacific Crest Trail by Jim Cole from Polo. “Mr. Cole was going to walk the trail with his sons and wanted to turn it into more

Serenity Grants Last Wish

“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, more

Grandmother Passes Love of Volunteering to Granddaughter

The passing of our ideals, beliefs and priorities down to our children and grandchildren help weave the fabric of our culture and our society.   One local woman, Susan Davis, is doing just that with her granddaughter, Julie. “I want her to know how important Serenity Hospice is to me,” said more

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