VHOCC offers ‘Practical Tools’ series for living alone


People who lose a loved one or are preparing to be alone will likely encounter certain practical, everyday problems. To assist, Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County (VHOCC) will offer a series of five free workshops, spaced two weeks apart, to offer support and practical advice to help with these new challenges.

Workshops are from 2-3:30 p.m. every other Wednesday, May 19-July 14. Some are held virtually, some in person; those in-person meetings will be limited to a small group to respect current meeting health guidelines.

Those interested in the entire series or just one or two workshops must register by calling VHOCC at 360-452-1511 or by emailing to office@vhocc.org.

The first is “Home & Auto Maintenance,” set for 2-3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 19 via Zoom. Michael Bucierka will provide information on what systems in your home need regular maintenance to avoid an emergency, and what to do in case of an emergency. He will suggest maintenance that can be performed by the homeowner and advice on when professional assistance is recommended.

Bucierka brings to the workshop extensive experience as a former licensed general contractor, home inspector and residential maintenance professional.

Other topics include shopping and cooking for one, household finances, consumer protection and fraud prevention and self-care.

The schedule is below:

• 2-3:30 p.m., June 2 – Shopping and Cooking for One (in person in Port Angeles; class limited to nine)

• 2-3:30 p.m., June 16 – Household Finances (via Zoom)

• 2-3:30 p.m., June 30 – Consumer Protection and Fraud Protection (via Zoom)

• 2-3:30 p.m., July 14. – Self-Care (in person in Port Angeles; class limited to eight unless restrictions are further eased)

To learn more about Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County, visit VHOCC.org or facebook.com/Volunteerhospiceofclallamcounty, or call 360-452-1511.

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