Welcoming Julie Raefield, our New Development Director

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As fundraising goals shift, Southern Oregon Friends of Hospice is focused on strengthening the Care Fund for residents in financial need, securing resources for general operating costs, and creating long-term sustainability. To support these efforts, we are pleased to welcome Julie Raefield as our new Development Director.

“I’m so grateful to be able to support the profoundly important work of Southern Oregon Friends of Hospice and Celia’s House,” shares Julie. “I have experienced hospice in my own family and I want every family to have the option for this compassionate end-of-life care.”

With nearly 30 years in development experience, Julie’s work in Oregon includes two decades as an administrator and faculty with Columbia Gorge Community College – including serving as their first Development Director. Additionally, she served as Executive Director for Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital Foundation, overseeing fundraising for Providence’s Hospice of the Gorge program while in that position.

“Rogue Valley families have shown deep dedication to quality hospice care through the generous gifts that came in to create Celia’s House. That is vision in action! I am looking forward to rejoining this wonderful community and being of service to our residents and donors.” Happy to be returning to Southern Oregon this year, Julie last worked in the Rogue Valley as a communications consultant from 2015 to 2017, assisting both Jackson Care Connect and Asante Physician Partners. She has spent the last three years in San Diego, recently serving on a team developing a brand new $34M museum project in Balboa Park. Although she enjoyed the excitement of this challenge, according to Julie, it was the continuing call of Southern Oregon’s beauty and the wonderful people of the Rogue Valley that have brought her “back home.”