By: Malarie Allen |  Public Relations Specialist

Shepherd’s Cove volunteer Nathan Douglas has dreams of helping others that are bigger than his young age. His compassion embodies the heart of the hospice movement.

The 17-year-old junior at Albertville High School began his volunteer journey several years ago helping with BINGO games at a local nursing home, where his grandmother lived. Here, he met staff members of Shepherd’s Cove, who visit regularly to help care for patients. Soon he decided to volunteer for Shepherd’s Cove, as well.

Nathan’s grandmother died with dementia when he was only around 11 years old. He says he wants to help other families going through the same end-of-life journey.

Although he can’t directly care for patients until he is 18 years old, Nathan plans to soon be part of the team that sits with patients, delivers goodies each month, and helps provide compassionate, one-on-one care and encouragement to patients and families.

In the meantime, Nathan volunteers to help for Shepherd’s Cove events, like the Lights of Love holiday event and the Race to Remember 5K fundraiser, as well as other projects at the Shepherd’s Cove inpatient unit.

and he lets nothing stand in his way when asked to assist. Recently, he even helped assemble patio furniture for the Shepherd’s Cove bereavement room. He didn’t know how to put it together, but he researched and figured it out.

Shepherd’s Cove staff describe Nathan as a “go-getter” who joyfully gives from his heart, even though he can’t yet do the kind of volunteer work he really desires. His dedication and willingness inspires us all.

Nathan has contributed close to 700 hours of community service this year through Shepherd’s Cove, the Albertville chapter of Future Business Leaders of America, and the Albertville High School Jr. Civitans. Nathan plans to join the Army after high school, earn a college degree in social sciences and humanities, and possibly serve as a missionary overseas.

Are you interested in providing care, compassion, and assistance to people facing an end-of-life journey? Check out our volunteer page or call 256-891-7724 to learn more about our volunteer opportunities.