FoH focuses on helping people who are facing severe challenges because of health and medical crises.
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 assist in a variety of way, such as...
The right shoes to a man with severe neuropathy, which saved his feet.
Ramps and handrails so people can stay in their homes.
Medications, like antibiotics and morphine, promote healing and reduce suffering.
Health-care in-home, providing personal care, meals, and companionship
Wigs for chemotherapy patients
Medical alert devices offer peace of mind to the elderly and their worried families.
A cell phone allows vital connection to 911 and friends
Overnight lodging so families can visit their loved ones during hospice care and extended hospital stays
Heat and electricity, which improves the odds of healing after a serious illness
Transportation to and from medical appointments, including vital radiation and chemotherapy treatment
Catheters, diapers, shower-safety equipment … and more.
Last wishes: Birthday parties for loved ones, celebratory meals, and attending special events
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.
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 support group those who have suffered the loss of a child. This is for parents, grandparents, and siblings. 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.