ABOUT US

“A Volunteer Hospice and Grief Support Center”

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ince 1977 Hospice of the Conejo has been dedicated to serving as a community-based non-profit, non-medical volunteer hospice and grief support center, whose objective is to affirm life, even in the face of terminal illness and grief, by providing compassionate,  emotional, practical support and information to individuals and families facing end-of-life issues always completely free of charge.

All services are provided completely free of charge, 100% of our funding is raised through private donations, fundraising events and grants. Our service area includes Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Newbury Park, Oak Park, Agoura,  Calabasas, Simi Valley and Moorpark, California.

As a non-medical hospice, we are uniquely positioned to offer our support outside the constraints placed on medical hospices by Medicare and Insurance.  We can assist patients and their families before a six-month prognosis is made and no physician referral is required for our services.  We are also able to assist patients who are still undergoing corrective treatment.

We also operate a thriving Grief Support Center, providing 50+ professional, therapist-led grief support groups every month…… always at no charge.We help seniors who have lost their spouse of many decades, adults of many ages, young parents who have lost a child or during pregnancy, teens and children who have lost a loved one.  We recently started a grief support group for our Spanish speaking community and in the first quarter of 2016 will be launching a grief support group for people who have lost a beloved pet.

We also offer our NODA program (No One Dies Alone).  We are partnered with Los Robles Hospital to provide volunteers who sit vigil with patients who are in their final hours when no family members are able to be there.

And finally we operate as an information center providing general information and guidance on placing a family member into hospice care as well as understanding what might be expected when faced with a terminally ill patient in the family.  We take calls every day helping people understand what steps to consider when dealing with the loss of a loved one, including participation in our therapist-led grief support groups.  We also respond to unexpected crises that profoundly affect our community (murder, suicide, other traumatic unexpected death events).

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OUR MISSION

Dedicated to serving as a community-based non-profit, non-medical volunteer hospice and grief support center, whose objective is to affirm life even  in the face of terminal illness and grief, by providing compassionate, emotional, practical support and information to individuals and families facing end-of-life issues always completely free of charge.

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OUR STAFF

  • Susan Murata
      Susan MurataExecutive Director
    • Jean Bishop
        Jean BishopAsst. Director & Program Coordinator
      • Jesusa Chua
          Jesusa ChuaOffice Manager
        • Marie Uskali
            Marie UskaliVolunteer Coordinator
          • Kathy Williamson
              Kathy WilliamsonAssistant Program Manager

            Board of Directors

            • Tammie Helmuth
                Tammie HelmuthBoard President
              • Sheryl Lewanda
                  Sheryl LewandaBoard Secretary
                • Debbie Copsey
                    Debbie CopseyBoard Member
                  • Tammy Eacker
                      Tammy EackerBoard Member
                    • Jim Robinson
                        Jim RobinsonBoard Member
                      • Roger Benson
                          Roger BensonTreasurer
                        • Bruce Dichter
                            Bruce DichterBoard Member
                          • Dave Friedl
                              Dave FriedlBoard Member
                            • Margaret True
                                Margaret TrueBoard Member
                              • David Butcher
                                  David ButcherBoard Member
                                • Edward Chua
                                    Edward ChuaBoard Member

                                  Grief Support Counsellors

                                  • Dr. Beth Haynes
                                      Dr. Beth HaynesGrief Facilitator
                                    • Amanda Jennings
                                        Amanda JenningsGrief Facilitator
                                      • David Tuso
                                          David TusoGrief Facilitator
                                        • Erika Budig
                                            Erika BudigGrief Facilitator
                                          • Laura Ayala-Clark
                                              Laura Ayala-ClarkGrief Facilitator
                                            • Neil Fieland
                                                Neil FielandGrief Facilitator
                                              • Janelle Guillot
                                                  Janelle GuillotGrief Facilitator
                                                • Sa-ree Adler
                                                    Sa-ree AdlerGrief Facilitator
                                                  • Dr. Leticia Ximenez
                                                      Dr. Leticia XimenezGrief Facilitator

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