Jane Byham and Valerie Motter cover a lot of ground for the Visiting Nurses Association of Venango County.
Jane Byham, a Social Service Coordinator for Home Health and Hospice at VNA of Venango County, has provided many services to Venango County residents for 23 years. She is also a certified Hospice Bereavement Facilitator and coordinates VNA of Venango County’s Stroke Support Group and Caregiver Support Group. Jane received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work/Psychology from Grove City College.
“It is a joy to get up every morning and know that you are working with an amazing team of people who are there to provide comfort to others. It is an honor to be there to help someone through a difficult time in their life. Illness can bring on a whole host of challenges for families. It is a privilege to be able to walk with them through the struggles they face and to provide support through community resources, the VNA of Venango County Foundation, or provide needed emotional support as they care for their loved one.
All of our support groups are open to the community and you are welcome to come and check us out. All of the support groups provide a safe, warm family atmosphere to share – bond—and gain education plus we always have good food.”
Valerie Motter,has worked at the Visiting Nurses Association of Venango County as a Social Worker for nearly 15 years. Valerie, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Edinboro University. She provides social services for Home Health and Hospice, by completing assessments and referrals to match patients with needed resources and services in the community.
“My passion is Hospice and in this role I assist the patient and family with obtaining needed services and help them understand and cope with the dying process. I work closely with our Hospice Interdisciplinary Team to meet the needs of our patients and their families. I also complete the bereavement follow up with my patient’s families after their loved one’s death.”
Jane and Valarie, co-facilitate the VNA Adult Bereavement Support Group which meets monthly. Together, they provide services to the following counties: Venango, Mercer, Lawrence, Crawford, Butler, and Clarion.
Bereavement Camps are also directed and coordinated by Jane and Valerie. Camp Good Grief, Horses for Healing, and Hope for the Holidays are camps for children and youth that are open to the community. Children and youth who attend these events learn coping skills, share in small group discussions, participate in many therapeutic activities and much more! If you have questions or would like more information,please call the Visiting Nurses Association of Venango County at 814-432-6555.
“Life’s most urgent questions is: What are you doing for others?” – Martin Luther King, Jr.