In 1990-91 information sessions were held in the village of Madoc. Thirteen people banded together to form a Provisional Board for the purpose of establishing a hospice. This hospice support was not just for Madoc but for south central Hastings County - the villages of Madoc, Marmora, Stirling, and Tweed, and surrounding rural areas, as well as the townships to the north of Hwy #7.
The model that seemed the most needed and cost effective was an in-home volunteer-based program.
In the spring of 1992 incorporation was granted and The Heart of Hastings Hospice Inc. was born. The first annual meeting was held and training of volunteers took place.
For the past 20 years the Heart of Hastings Hospice has continued to do in-home palliative care and support, and bereavement support for members of bereaved families.
Beginning our 20th year of service the Board of Directors decided to purchase a dedicated hospice house - a Hospice House that will provide care and support to people approximately one month away from the end of life. This will provide an option for terminally ill patients to live their last days in a quiet home-like setting, if for some reason they are not able to spend their last days in their own home.
A major fundraising campaign was launched in January 2011, and within 12 months $240,000 was raised. An anonymous donation of $ 100,000 plus $ 75,000 from the John M. and Bernice Parrott Foundation provided a solid base, with the balance coming from individuals, businesses, churches, and service clubs within the six communities served by the Heart of Hastings Hospice. Support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation addressed interior wheel chair access, hospital beds and fire sprinkler system costs. The Community Futures Development Corporation ( Government of Canada) assisted with mortgage funding. Generous donors also gave pledges to meet House operating costs over the first two years of operation. Work continues to cover the remaining costs of the House purchase, amounting to $ 55,000, through events and contributions.