“A Volunteer Hospice and Grief Support Center”
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 when faced with life-limiting illness and grief, by providing compassionate support, care, and guidance 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 is the Eastern Ventura County including 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 all ages, young parents who have lost a child or during pregnancy, teens and children who have lost a loved one, a bilingual group for our Spanish speaking residents and a group people who are suffering the loss of their beloved pet.
We also offer our NODA (No One Dies Alone) program (at Los Robles Hospital) provides volunteers who sit vigil with patients who are in their final hours of life when loved ones are unable to be there. We provide our NODA volunteers to other board and care facilities and hospice care facilities upon request.
Our Patient/Pet program helps our patients keep their beloved pet by their side during their illness as many times they do not have the means to do so. Our volunteers walk, groom, feed and otherwise care for the pet.
We also have a lending closet of medical supplies like walkers, shower chairs, wheel chairs and commodes that we loan to those in need completely free of charge (upon availability).
And finally we operate as an education 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).
Dedicated to serving as a community-based non-profit, non-medical volunteer hospice and grief support center, whose objective is to affirm life even when faced with life-limiting illness and grief, by providing compassionate, practical support and guidance to individuals and families facing end-of-life issues always completely free of charge.
Volunteer and Help Make A Difference!
- Susan MurataExecutive Director
- Jean BishopAsst. Director & Program Coordinator
- Jesusa ChuaOffice Manager
- Marie UskaliVolunteer Coordinator
- Kathy WilliamsonAssistant Program Manager
Board of Directors
- Tammie HelmuthBoard President
- Debbie CopseyVice Chair
- Tammy EackerBoard Member
- Jim RobinsonBoard Member
- Roger BensonTreasurer
- Bruce DichterBoard Member
- Dave FriedlBoard Member
- Margaret TrueSecretary
- Edward ChuaBoard Member
Grief Support Counsellors
- Dr. Beth HaynesGrief Facilitator
- Amanda JenningsGrief Facilitator
- David TusoGrief Facilitator
- Erika BudigGrief Facilitator
- Laura Ayala-ClarkGrief Facilitator
- Janelle GuillotGrief Facilitator
- Dr. Leticia XimenezGrief Facilitator
- Gayle PlessnerGrief Facilitator