Our History2020-07-14T12:31:51-04:00

OUR HISTORY

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Our History

Over the past 4 decades, UpliftedCare has grown with significant milestones along the way.

March 2020

1982

Apr- First Organizational Task Force Meeting
Sept- Adopted name of program to be “Hospice of Kankakee Valley”
Oct- Received Illinois Articles of Incorporation
Dec- Sadye Stoltenberg appointed Volunteer Coordinator
Theresa Diepeveen appointed Asst. Volunteer Coordinator

1983

Apr- First group of Board of Directors appointed
Became member of Illinois State Hospice Organization
Sept- Accepted first Hospice client
Dec- Received State of Illinois Non Profit Status

1984

Moved office to 162 l/2 E. Court Street
July- Illinois Dept. of Public Health license received

1987

Joined National Hospice Organization

1988

Office moved to United Way Building, 657 E. Court Street, Kankakee

1990

First grief support group held

1991

Board recommended that HKV become Medicare certified

1993

Mar- Received full service license from State of Illinois
May- Medicare certification effective 5-26-93
July- Medicaid certification received
Nov- First Service of Remembrance held

1995

Feb- Moved to new offices at 1015 N. Fifth Ave., Kankakee
Sept- First nursing home patient admitted to HKV

1998

Acquisition of additional office space

2002

Year-long celebration of 20 years in service
New HKV website launched

2003

Sep- First Children and Teen Bereavement Support Groups held

2004

Nov- Purchased, renovated, and moved to building at 482 Main Street NW, Bourbonnais

2005

June– HKV Board of Directors voted HKV form a palliative care program

2006

Oct- Phase I of Memory Garden and Landscaping began

2007

Entire year celebration of 25th anniversary of Hospice of Kankakee Valley

2008

Mar- HKV receives “Larry Power Community Excellence Award” from Bradley-Bourbonnais Regional Chamber of Commerce

2010

May- Memory Garden construction is completed

2011

2nd phase of Memory Garden completed

2012

Jul- 30th HKV Anniversary celebration
Expansion of current office space to accommodate more staff

2014

Licensed Massage Therapy offered as a service to our patients
Pet therapy (Tails of Joy) offered to patients

2015

Transitions Program began
Respiratory Therapy offered to patients
813 families received care

2016

Full-time Music Therapist offered
After 33 years on our Board of Directors; “Innovator in Social Services” Progress Award given by the Daily Journal given to HKV Social Workers
May – Hospice volunteer training presented at Stateville Prison, and later to Pontiac Correctional Center
June – 3rd full-time nurse practitioner added to our Palliative Care Program
Sept – HKV receives state contract to provide hospice care at Fox Developmental Center in Dwight, establishing the first contract of its kind in the state of Illinois
924 hospice families received care

2019

Purchased building at 3115 N. 1000 W. Rd. Bourbonnais to open Illinois’ first Community Grief Center

2020

Adopted a new name, UpliftedCare
Opened Grief Center