Kellie Mieremet

Kellie Mieremet

May 06, 2022

John D. Kearney

John Kearney

April 8, 1963 - September 05, 2021

On Sunday, one of our newer residents experienced a dignified death after only five short days. What a special time for all involved in his care. JD was still cracking jokes at the end and making the environment around him positive and humbling. One staff member commented: "I’m grateful for the time I was able to spend with him." At the time of his death, he was surrounded by family and members of our Volunteer No One Dies Alone (NODA) program. Thank you for letting us care for you JD.

May 06, 2022

Thomas W. Baade

Thomas Willian Bade

January 10, 1957 - January 9, 2022

Yesterday, we said goodbye to our friend Thomas. He was compassionately cared for and surrounded by love from his INN Between family in his final days. For Thomas, it seems fitting that he choose the 9th to say goodbye, just one day shy of turning 65. Maybe it's because all he wanted to hear was the Beatles, "When I'm Sixty-Four"!

On January 13, 2021, a small internal memorial was held in Thomas' honor. His name is already forever etched in our hearts and soon to be etched forever in our memorial garden. 

The Board of Directors of The INN Between appoints new Executive Director

As you may recall, last year was a time of significant change in the leadership of The INN Between. At the beginning of the year, I began my term as chair of the Board of Directors. Our first Executive Director moved on to other pursuits in May and was succeeded by then Director of Development and Finance Jeanie Ashby as Interim Executive Director. The board worked diligently with Jeanie on the initiatives needed to ensure the continued operational and financial success of The INN Between, and Jeanie did an outstanding job during this time of transition. 

In December, Jeanie announced her retirement. The board moved to appoint long time employee Jillian Olmsted to the role of Acting Executive Director and at the same time, to begin the search for the next person to fill the Executive Director role. We received many applications for this position, and we interviewed several outstanding candidates. In the end, the entire board agreed that Jillian’s combination of executive and operational skills, her understanding of the unique needs of the population we serve, and her compassionate approach to leadership and workplace culture made her the clear candidate of choice.  

So it is with great pleasure that I announce Jillian Olmsted as the new Executive Director of The INN Between, effective immediately. Many of you will already be familiar with Jillian, whose relationship with The INN Between dates back to the early days of its founding. “I first became involved as a volunteer after experiencing the deaths of several close family members receiving hospice care,” she recalls. “I was so impressed with the level of care they received and the dignity they experienced by dying in their own homes. When I learned that The INN Between’s mission was to offer this same care and dignity at end of life for people experiencing homelessness, I had to get involved.” 

In 2016 Ms. Olmsted joined The INN Between as a volunteer, was then hired in early 2017, and has served in several roles including Event and Outreach Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator, HR Director and Operations Director, and Assistant Executive Director. For the last three months she has led the organization as Acting Executive Director. “I look forward to settling into the role and working with the staff, Board of Directors, and community partners. Together, we will continue to improve the day-to-day operations and strategic initiatives that will ensure the success of our mission to provide a safe home for people who have nowhere to live during a medical crisis or at end of life,” Jillian affirms. 

Please join me in welcoming Jillian to her new role as Executive Director. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me or Jillian directly.   

Sincerely,  

James Anthony Hoagland Board of Directors, Chair 
 
801-541-3705 

About Jillian 

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A mother of two and military wife of over 21 years Jillian Olmsted developed an appreciation for the mission of The INN Between after her mother and father were placed on hospice care before passing. She started as a volunteer, was hired on as the Events and Outreach Coordinator and later transitioned to Operations and HR Director with responsibilities in human resources and operations, facility management, events, IT and organizational functions. Since working at The INN Between, she has acquired a Professional Management Certificate from the University of Utah and attended nine organizational credentials on behalf of The INN Between from Utah Nonprofits Association. 

Thank you all for the support of The INN Between. I am deeply honored and humbled to be taking on this new role. I could not think of a better mission to be engaged in; end-of-life care for the homeless. I am committed to the success of this organization, and I am committed to the dignity and respect we afford all our residents, staff, and volunteers.

With my dedication and leadership:

  • The INN Between is recommitting to our mission and the core values that direct and guide our work daily: compassion, community, dignity, and respect.
  • We are committing to utilizing our facility at its full capacity of 50 beds.
    • To do this we are increasing direct care staffing including the hiring of a founding Board Member as our Assistant Nurse Supervisor and an End-of-Life Care Practitioner as our Head of Client Services, along with moving to a centralized intake coordinator to ensure timely referrals and admissions.
  • We are committing to strengthening our community partnerships and resources.
  • The INN Between is committing to a healthy workplace culture that embraces emotional support for our staff and residents who are in a cycle of loss and grief.

Once again, I am humbled by the outpouring of support and respect from my family, of our Board of Directors, staff, volunteers, residents, and community.

Sincerely, 

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Jillian Olmsted
Executive Director
The INN Between
 

November 18, 2021

Brett Haycock

Brett Haycock

August 1, 1964 to November 4, 2021

On November 4, 2021, we lost a sweet soul. Brett passed away peacefully, surrounded by family and friends. At the same time, we were reminded of the compassionate community that The INN Between has created for our terminally ill and medically frail homeless residents. Brett had been undergoing medical treatments for some time and his presence here at The INN was felt by all. After experiencing some complications and heading to the hospital, Brett's only wish was to come HOME to die surrounded by his dog and his INN Between family.

This is what his CNA had to say after he came home yesterday, “The look of relief on Brett's face as he was brought back to the facility for his final hours is one I won't forget. You could tell he was uncomfortable physically but mentally and spiritually he was at peace being at The INN Between." A peaceful, dignified, passing was made possible because of the community that has been built up around The INN Between.

On November 18, 2021, a small internal memorial was held in Brett's honor. His name is already forever etched in our hearts and soon to be etched forever in our memorial garden. 

To view his family obituary: https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/saltlaketribune/name/brett-haycock-obituary?id=31449464

September 02, 2021

Jon Hawke

Jon Hawke

August 9, 1961 to August 30, 2021

The pandemic of the past year has emphasized just how vulnerable and fragile life is and how technology and humanity kept us socially interconnected. In the face of the pandemic, our resilient and dedicated staff pulled an incredible feat — they promised and delivered the best available end-of-life care and home health care to our vulnerable homeless residents and ensured that we kept our home safe from the coronavirus. I am proud to report ZERO positive cases among our residents. Kudos to our frontline staff!

To read more about our mission and growth over the last year, check out our latest Annual Report below.  

Together, we can end needless deaths, alone, on the streets.

In an effort to assist and address the ongoing medical needs of homeless individuals in our community, we have prepared this guide with homeless service providers and community partners in mind. Our goal is to initiate an agency-to-agency warm hand-off admission. 

Together, we can end needless deaths, alone, on the streets.

August 17, 2021

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August 16, 2021

Thank You

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Entering their second year of volunteer and financial support, we want to thank Imagine Health for their kindness and compassion.

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August 16, 2021

Brittany Walton

Brittany Walton

June 24, 1985 to August 21, 2020

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