Our Mission

To raise awareness and provide financial support for end-of-life care programs through collaboration with our Rogue Valley community.

Our Vision

We envision a community which is aware of hospice and has access to caring and personalized end-of-life care.

Our Core Values

· Compassion     · Respect     · Dignity    ·  Inclusivity       · Stewardship    · Commitment

Our Story

Southern Oregon Friends of Hospice & Hospice Unique Boutique

2008
Initially formed as a non-profit advisory board to Ashland Hospice, the organization refocused its mission to collaborate with all hospices in Jackson and Josephine Counties. Our dream was to create a freestanding hospice house. The first fundraiser, “parking lot sale,” was held at the Ashland Elks Lodge in July. Word of mouth to friends and relatives provided the goods for a successful sale, netting about $2500 on one very hot July day!

2009
A Board of Directors was elected in January. They applied for and received nonprofit status in March. Their first project was to create a funding source for the organization by opening a resale shop. In April, a big moment came when the Board held a “Go” or “No Go” vote to open the resale shop. It was a unanimous “Go!” Even though we only had $6000 in the bank. They hired a manager for the Hospice Unique Boutique and held a grand opening in June.

2010
The organization celebrated the one-year anniversary of the Hospice Unique Boutique and gave away $5000 to the four hospices in the Rogue Valley, Threshold Choir and WinterSpring Center for Bereavement and Loss. In December, nursing students from the OHSU nursing program at SOU conducted a Feasibility Study for a freestanding Hospice house.

2011
The organization officially changed its name to Southern Oregon Friends of Hospice with the tag line: supporting end-of-life care programs and also created a logo.

Southern Oregon Friends of Hospice short-term goals focused on creating a virtual resource center website and educating the community about hospice services. The long-term goal continued to be creation of a freestanding hospice residential care facility. We celebrated our second anniversary of Hospice Unique Boutique in June and awarded the second round of granting funds, $10,000 to:
-COHO (Choosing Options/Honoring Options)
-Asante Hospice
-Providence Hospice
-Ashland Hospice
-Lovejoy Hospice
-Winterspring Center for Grief and Bereavement

We also created our websites.
www.SOFriendsofhospice.org
www.Hospiceuniqueboutique.org

2012
We hired Susan Hearn, our first Executive Director. We also celebrated our third anniversary of the Hospice Unique Boutique and awarded our third round of granting funds, $30, 000 to:
-COHO (Choosing Options/Honoring Options)
-Asante Hospice
-Providence Hospice
-Ashland Hospice
-Lovejoy Hospice
-Winterspring Center for Grief and Bereavement

2013
In October, after researching the feasibility, and budget to build and run a hospice house, the board made the decision to build the first hospice residential care facility in the Rogue Valley. Gifts in the amount of $28,000 were awarded to the same six organizations as 2012.

2014
The planning for capital campaign began. Committees were formed. Architect Ken Odgen designed plans for Southern Oregon Hospice residential care facility based on compassionate hospice principals. Sue Carroll was hired to assist with Development. The Department of Human Services approved proceeding with plans to build a hospice house. $9,100 in gifts was awarded to COHO, WinterSpring, and Alzheimer’s Association. We celebrated the Hospice Unique Boutique’s 5th anniversary and the 18 volunteers who served all 5 years with a lovely event at Grizzly Peak Winery. We welcomed a talented and diverse group of community leaders to the Honorary Board.

2015
Consultant Casey Woodard completed a feasibility study to determine community support for the hospice house project and capital campaign. A $5,000 gift is awarded to WinterSpring Center and COHO receives In-kind training community education services.

2016
Through the generosity and dedication of many donors and volunteers, we purchased the iconic Medford home originally built in 1939 for Harry Holmes of Harry & David. Dana Crawford of Ogden, Roemer, Wilkerson created plans to renovate the house into a 12-bed hospice residential care facility. Ausland Group was selected to be the builders and KenCairn Landscape Architecture for landscape design. Davis Wilkins, MD accepted the role of Capital Campaign Chair to lead the serious work of raising the 4 million necessary to fund the project.  Susan Hearn, Executive Director, and Sue Carroll, Development Coordinator, moved their office into the Holmes Park House on November 1, 2016. With the incredible help of our volunteer interiors team, the house was completely furnished and decorated with items from our generous donors.