Our Mission: To provide a home-like environment where people at the end of life may live fully, receiving compassionate and competent care from professional, volunteer and family caregivers.
Our Care: Residents and their families receive individualized care that addresses their physical, emotional, spiritual, psychological and social needs. Hospice caregivers help control pain and symptoms so residents can live each day more comfortably and with dignity.
Our Vision: To be a community leader and resource for end of life care issues.
Honoring Veterans Veterans represent one-third of all residents served at Omega House. We are honored to serve these residents and have established a special fund to assist in providing care to any veteran in need of local hospice care.
Current News
Omega House Seeks Executive Director
Open Position
September 2, 2015

Omega House is presently seeking an Executive Director. For further information on the position, please visit: Omega HouseExecutive Director Position Description.

Omega House to Celebrate its 10th Anniversary
A Community of Caring
August 4, 2015

In the late 1990s, the dream of providing a hospice house to the Upper Peninsula awakened. The capital campaign reached its goal in 2004. Construction began in 2005, and Omega House became a reality. This year marks our 10th anniversary of service, and we are inviting residents of the U.P. to help celebrate and hear about plans for the next ten years.

Celebration events include our annual Hike for the House: a Memorial Walk at Kestner Park and along the Portage Canal in Houghton, Saturday, September 19. Registration begins at 9 am and the Hike begins at 10 am.

Saturday evening, at 5 pm, we are inviting members of the community to the Finnish-American Heritage Center in Hancock to hear about our new strategic initiatives for helping our community. Dr. Dennis McCullough, an internationally known family physician and author of My Mother, Your Mother: Embracing “Slow Medicine,” the Compassionate Approach to Caring for Your Aging Loved Ones, will talk about how we can best care for our elders. Dennis was raised in Dollar Bay, is a graduate of Harvard Medical School, and has served as a long-time faculty member in Dartmouth’s Department of Community and Family Medicine and the Dartmouth Centers for Health and Aging. His book lays out a realistic and humane way to best care for our frail elders.

We invite you to help celebrate with Omega House a “community of caring.”

Questions? Call Carol or Ray at 482-4438.

Camp STAR accepting applications for August 2015
July 1, 2015

STAR Children’s Bereavement Services is now accepting applications for their annual Camp STAR (Sharing Together and Remembering). Camp STAR takes place at Bay Cliff Health Camp in Big Bay Michigan August 14-16th, 2015. This camp is an opportunity to share memories and honor loved ones who have died in a supportive atmosphere.

We are accepting applications for campers, age 8-17 who have lost a significant loved one. Each camper is matched with a camp buddy for the entire weekend. Activities include games and high energy fun like hiking and swimming interspersed with time to reflect and honor the person who has died using are, spoken word, music and journaling in age groups designed to help young people know that they are not alone in their grief.

We are also accepting application for camp buddies, age 19-27 for the weekend which includes a day long mandatory training session on August 13th at Bay Cliff. Buddies spend the weekend sharing and supporting the campers. Helpful traits include recognizing the importance of fun and play while cultivating open heartedness as we learn together how to support each other in our joy and in our sadness.

Further information is available at www.upcampstar.org or by calling 906-250-5329.

This event is limited to 25 campers and 25 buddies. Deadline for application if space is still available is July 15th, 2015.

Goodbye and Hello – House Manager Changes
March 31, 2015

New House Manager of Omega House,
Mary Kay Grabig.

In December we said goodbye to Mary Herlevich who retired from her position as House Manager. We are grateful for her leadership. Throughout our first nine years, Mary oversaw the operations of the House, and guided our aides and volunteers in the care of over 360 residents. We will also miss her sense of humor and the laughter she brought to the House. Thank you Mary for your loyal service.

Our new House Manager is Mary Kay Grabig, who joined us from the Torch Lake Federal Credit Union where she served as CEO and was employed the past twenty five years. Mary Kay shares, “My mother Marilyn Hon was one of the early residents of Omega House. I know from first-hand experience how important it is to provide support for our residents and their families. I am committed to helping continue the Omega House tradition of providing competent and compassionate care.” Mary Kay lives in Laurium with her husband Dan and daughter Gwendolyn. She has 2 sons, Darren ( Joni) and Jeff and a step-son Josh (Emma) who is serving in the Air Force overseas. Welcome Mary Kay!

Superior Health Foundation Awards Major Grant to Omega House
March 26, 2015

Representatives from UP non-profits
receiving grants at the SHF inaugural awards at NMU.

The Superior Health Foundation (SHF) recently awarded Omega House a grant for $25,956. Guy St. Germain, Omega House board member and Raymond Weglarz, Development Director, attended the SHF inaugural awards event in Marquette to accept the award. Representatives from 25 UP non-profit organizations were on hand to receive awards at the celebration at which SHF awarded more than $321,000 non-profit organizations committed to improving health care and access to care and services to those in need across the UP.

Ray said. “We are thrilled to receive this award which will directly help our residents who are not able to pay for the full cost of their care. We are most grateful to Jim Lajoie, SHF Executive Director and their entire board for this generous gift, it is the largest grant we have every received. We remain committed to providing care to anyone in need, regardless of their financial circumstances and this award will help us to do that.”

The SHF is a “conversion foundation,” created after the sale of MGH to LifePoint. SHF has a UP wide mission and vision - “To assist with unmet healthcare needs, with health education, and with programs and research on preventing illness and promoting health.” For more information about the SHF and their granting programs visit superiorhealthfoundation.org, or contact Jim LaJoie at 906-225-6914.

KHF Brings Holiday Happiness to Omega House
December 26, 2014

December 23rd brought true Holiday happiness to Omega House with a $5000 donation from the Keweenaw Health Foundation (KHF) to the Omega House Cancer Fund. In presenting the check to Guy St. Germain, Omega House Board Treasurer, Ed Jenich, Executive Director of the KHF and Michael Luoma, Medical Director of Aspirus Keweenaw, acknowledged the dedicated work at Omega House. Thank you!

We Honor Veterans
June 24, 2013

POW flag raising ceremony
at Omega House.
Front row, left to right:
Mike Abbott kneeling,
former POW Robert Bob Peterson seated,
daughter Terry Peterson,
Christine Bohnsack.
Back row: Omega House staff and
board members.

In November, the national We Honor Veterans (WHV) Program named Omega House the first health care organization in the Upper Peninsula to reach Level 3 status.

Omega House Vice President and WHV committee chair, Christine Bohnsack, helps lead the organization’s veteran outreach initiatives. “In meetings with VFW groups, church groups and civic organizations, we provide information about the special needs of veterans near the end of life. One out of every two dying males in our country is a veteran. We have served many veterans since we opened and I feel it is important for Omega House to be part of this national program. We take pride in our commitment to serving veterans, and we are deserving of this recognition from WHV.”

WHV team member Ray Weglarz, RN believes in the importance of this education and advocacy for veterans. “We live in an area of our state and nation with a strong history of pride in military service and in voluntary enlistment. The number of veterans per capita in the western UP is among the highest, and the distance between VA clinics and VA hospitals is among the farthest, making access to care close to home a significant issue for our area veterans.

“Through our participation in WHV we have strengthened our relationships with VA health care providers, including the Hancock VA Community Based Outreach Clinic (CBOC) staff and doctors, and the hospice and palliative care staff at the Oscar G. Johnson Veterans Medical Center in Iron Mountain. They have seen first hand the quality of services we provide to veterans. They have met and spoken to our staff and volunteers about their programs and services. Western UP veterans have told me they feel there is a need for another state veterans home to care for elderly, disabled and dying veterans. Jacobetti Veterans Home in Marquette is 100 miles or more from many of our area veterans. I hope that happens, but until that time it is important that veterans know we are here, willing and able to serve them.”

Dr. Larry Skendzel, Medical Director for the Jacobetti Veterans Home in Marquette, is one of the few Upper Peninsula doctors board certified in hospice and palliative care. He visited Omega House last fall and spoke privately with some of our veterans. Larry said, “Organizations like Omega House are islands of refuge. It helps make for the kind of community I want live in, and for the kind of community I hope to die in.”

Christine noted, “Sometimes a veteran is best served and understood by another veteran. To help fill this need we have developed a ‘Veteran to Veteran Volunteer Program.’ We now have seven veteran volunteers who can visit with our resident veterans. One of our veteran volunteers is a chaplain as well. I am proud that Omega House is the first organization in the entire UP to reach Level 3 in the WHV program; it shows our commitment to serving our veterans.”

A Home Away from Home for Veterans — We Honor Veterans
Arpil 15, 2013
The house has been quite busy these past months with many residents. On one occasion Omega House was home base for 3 WWII veterans at the same time who served in Europe, North Africa and state-side. We are happy to serve them, and their stories fill the house with rich real life history.

As participants in the national We Honor Veterans program, Omega House developed a Veteran to Veteran volunteer program. Six area veterans now volunteer to visit residents who are veterans. Scott Dahlstrom is one of our Veteran to Veteran Volunteers and said, “It is a wonderful experience for me, being able to share stories, veteran to veteran, about the service we have made to our country and sacrifices for freedom. These sacrifices should not be forgotten and their stories should be retold again and again,so their message of honor and love of county won’t be lost. We all need to honor these heroes and share their stories.”

Why Omega House?
April 3, 2013
Omega House offers a peaceful, homelike environment for terminally ill people and provides end-of-life care that emphasizes compassion, independence, respect and dignity. In cooperation with local hospice programs, Omega House provides residents with exceptional care and attention 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

Residents and their families receive individualized care that addresses their physical, emotional, spiritual, psychological and social needs. Hospice caregivers help control pain and symptoms so residents can live each day more comfortably and with dignity.

Any person in a hospice program or who would qualify for hospice care is eligible to live at Omega House. Medications, supplies and equipment are usually paid for by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurances. Learn more...