Southern Oregon Friends of Hospice & Hospice Unique Boutique

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!

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.


The plans for the Holmes Park House renovations and eight bed addition were completed and approved by the City of Medford, and State of Oregon health authority in May. Following this approval the People’s Bank of Commerce approved a construction line of credit to begin in June. Having reached the two million dollar mark on in our capital funding campaign, a ground breaking was held June 1st to honor the donors, leaders, and creators who have made this project a reality. The public phase of the capital campaign begins in September with over two-thirds of our initial funding goal met. Initial planning for operations, training, and cultural development are underway for a planned spring 2018 opening.


The construction and licensing of Holmes Park House was completed, and on May 14, 2018 we opened the doors to our first resident. By the end of 2018 we had served over 70 residents and supported hundreds of visitors. The amazing care was provided by our newly hired staff and our many volunteers. The capital campign reached its goal of raising over four million dollar with a generous naming gift to officially call the House Celia’s House in Holmes Park.

Celia’s House Resident Support Volunteers


The year has started well as we continue to serve residents and their families. Over this year we will be continuing the amazing work at the Hospice Unique Boutique and Celia’s House. During 2019 we will mark the tenth anniversary of the HUB and the first anniversary of Celia’s House in Holmes Park.