An anonymous Palatka resident donated $100,000 to the Haven Hospice Foundation to establish an endowment that will benefit the educational needs of Haven Hospice staff at the Roberts Hospice Care Center in Palatka.

The new endowment will function as a scholarship, paying for educational opportunities for employees. Haven associates have already expressed interest in utilizing the funds; there are six employees who would like to further their education including certified nursing assistants (CNAs) who would like to go to school to become licensed practical nurse (LPN) certification and a housekeeper that is seeking CNA certification.

Haven patient care manager Michelle Braden said, “As a member of the Palatka community, I can say that we are fortunate to have someone like this donor who not only advocates for patients, but advocates for our staff as well. A lot can be accomplished with this.”

Haven supports its employees in their professional development efforts, encouraging growth while remaining an active employee. Braden said that each time educational opportunities arise, it makes employees in the area realize that further education is attainable. “Having this conversation makes people think about their achievements, whether it’s a certification in hospice and palliative care, nursing, social work or even chaplaincy,” said Braden.

“This endowment provides a unique opportunity for additional education for Haven staff who wish to advance their careers,” said Sharon Jones, Haven Hospice Vice President for Development and Haven Foundation Executive Director. “We are all so very grateful for this thoughtful gift that will benefit current and future employees at Haven.”

All charitable gifts to the Haven Hospice Foundation that are designated to the Roberts Care Center in the Putnam County community are vital in helping Haven continue to provide an array of unfunded programs and services available to patients, their families and the community. If you would like to learn more about the Haven Hospice Foundation or ways to give, please visit

About the Haven Hospice Foundation: The Haven Hospice Foundation, formed in 2020, is a 502©(3) not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to supporting the work and mission of Haven Hospice, which provides hospice and palliative care across 18 Florida counties. The Haven Hospice Foundation is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors and led by Sharon Jones, FAHP, CFRE, Haven Hospice Vice President of Development and Haven Hospice Foundation Executive Director. For Foundation details, visit