Sudden injury and the high cost of medical supplies, medication, transportation, and medical assistance can prevent people from getting the care they need. Insurance doesn’t cover everything and many people often cannot afford basic necessities.

Our first priority will always be to support hospice services, but over the years we’ve created strong partnerships with other local agencies, such as the senior center, clinics, county services to the disabled, and churches. They determine their client’s need and send FoH a request. We determine whether the request falls within our mission, and do our best to fund as many requests as possible.


We’ve provided …

 
friends of hospice mendocino county

The right shoes to a man with severe neuropathy, which saved his feet.

Ramps and handrails so people could stay in their own homes.

Medications, like antibiotics and morphine, improved healing and reduced suffering.

A health-care worker, who gave a woman with limited mobility a bath.

Wigs for chemotherapy patients improved their self-esteem.

Medical alert devices offered peace of mind to the elderly and their worried families.

A cell phone gave a man a vital connection to 911 and friends.

Motel rooms so families could visit their loved ones during hospice care and extended hospital stays.

A warm home, which improved the odds of a woman healing after a serious illness.

Transportation to and from medical appointments, including vital radiation and chemotherapy treatment.

Catheters, diapers, shower-safety equipment … and more.


 
This is a wonderful group to have here on the coast. They do so much, but very little is said about them. Let’s keep them in our hearts.
— Jacquelin
 

A Room With a Soul

In 2011, we identified the need for a healing environment that would accommodate the special needs for end-of-life care, a place where families could spend the night with their loved ones in a quiet, beautiful atmosphere.

 
A room with a soul
 

Working with the Mendocino Coast Hospital and local artists, craftspeople, and businesses, FoH created A Room With A Soul. A community outpouring created the Room and the Heron Garden outside its window. When not needed for hospice care, it is available to all.


Support for Those Who Are Grieving

  • FoH funds the Grief Recovery Support Group, a weekly group led by a skilled and compassionate counselor. The group is open to everyone and is free of charge. Call 707-964-8987 for more information.
  • FoH also sponsors a monthly peer support group for parents, grandparents, and siblings who have suffered the loss of a child. At any age, the death of a child creates a special form of grief. We are members of The Compassionate Friends, a national organization dedicated to creating mutual support. To contact our local group, call 707-964-5229.

 

some of the volunteers WHO worked on the room and the heron garden. FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: NICK YOST, SANDRA RENNIE, NORMA HOLMES, GIN KREMEN, BILL POPOW, JAMES BENEDETTO, GRAHAM AND JOYCE GILBERTSON

some of the volunteers WHO worked on the room and the heron garden. FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: NICK YOST, SANDRA RENNIE, NORMA HOLMES, GIN KREMEN, BILL POPOW, JAMES BENEDETTO, GRAHAM AND JOYCE GILBERTSON


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