Matilda’s Corner

  • I thought I was ready for 2019. I was newly single and knew that living on my own was going to take some getting used to. I threw myself into smoothing out our new home, our first full year under our belt. Our staff grew and volunteers grew. It was ...

  • The new year brought big changes. Kim had found a facility that was shutting down and we quickly jumped on the opportunity to move into a place already built and suited to our needs. We went from leisurely planning a dream building, to full blown ...

  • We started 2017 by celebrating the life of Robert Burr. A true lesson in perseverance, he had lived far past his expected time and continued all his beloved activities with a seriously diminished heart function. A week before Christmas, I was called ...

  • Our second year was our first full year, and we kept busy! With our goal being to provide a place for people to die with dignity we were suddenly faced with the question, what if someone gets better? It had been six months since Ben had walked ...

  • Five years ago, today The INN Between opened it’s doors. I had been following it closely, having signed up a month prior to volunteer. It would still be a couple of weeks before I walked through the doors to begin my service, but I feel it had ...

  • This past Friday morning, I sat in our lobby waiting for the funeral home to come take one of our residents into their care, it was early, and the sun was barely coming up. As I looked out the window, I saw a young woman sobbing in her husband’s ...

  • When a resident leaves The INN Between, our care for them does not stop. There is often still work to be done, following through on applications for services, scheduling doctor appointments, understanding paperwork, groceries, and sometimes just ...

  • A year and a half ago, I received a referral for a young man. He had a long history of medical issues that were compounded by addiction.

    After he had been sent to Utah from the Midwest to receive substance abuse treatment, he quickly wound up on ...

  • The last Thanksgiving I spent with my entire family was in 1999. Over the next year, I would move to Utah with my husband and two young children, my grandparents would both die, my mother and I would stop speaking, my husband would lose his job, we ...

  • This time of year is a busy and highly emotional time for everyone at The INN Between.  We spend a lot of time listening to and working through people’s conflicted emotions about the holiday season.  Historically, the terminally ill try to make it ...

  • As we head into the holidays, I’d like to share a heartwarming story that illustrates how our Medical Respite Program helps people. About a month ago, I got a call from Tim Keffer of the Salt Lake City Police Department’s Community Connection Center ...

  • Kelly had been with us since last December fighting cancer. Before he came to The INN Between, he had been living in a motor home in Syracuse with no heat or running water. He was really hesitant to make a change but finally decided to give us a ...

  • I had gone to check on Daniel, and as I tried to open the door something was blocking it from behind. I squeezed my way in and saw that two chairs had been pushed together to make a bed, and in it, Daniel’s friend was sound asleep. I turned to leave ...

  • It was this time last year that one of our longtime residents was struggling. He had just returned from the hospital, and I had gone to say my goodbyes. He was so stubborn and hard headed that he decided wasn’t ready to die. The nurses removed the ...

  • This year’s annual fundraising gala, A Night in The French Quarter, was a great success. It was a beautiful night that bubbled with excitement, wonderful food, and fun for all who attended. The night was full of conversations and laughter with many ...

  • Since I began working at The INN Between in October 2015, we had experienced one or two deaths per month. But, this week was an exception.  I had spent the whole day in the car with my family driving home from California, but I knew I wouldn't be ...

  • Jim was a feisty and comical guy who came to The INN Between at the age of 59, battling late stage bladder cancer. His roommate had lost his job, so Jim could no longer afford his apartment on his own and was sleeping under a freeway overpass. ...

  • At the age of 42, Ben’s was told by his doctor that his “liver was dead.” He arrived at The INN Between in a very frail state, expecting to die within two weeks. Ben's family relationship was very strained, and I worked hard to reunite him with his ...