In the early 90s, a group of island residents saw an urgent need for hospice care and home support on Lopez. This collection of caring people had a desire to help their neighbors, and although successful for a while, there was no real plan for recruiting or training others. It did, however, lay the groundwork for Lopez Island Hospice & Home Support.
1997 was a banner year for Lopez Island Hospice & Home Support. We received a $25,000 start-up grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, enabling us to incorporate as a 501(c) (3) organization, and set up training, organized services, and comprehensive programming.
For twenty years, we have been responsive to the Lopez community. We’ve provided hospice services and home support to countless Lopez Island neighbors. Fulfilling our mission statement of providing services to Lopezians experiencing illness, injury, and/or loss, we’ve enjoyed enormous community support, our caseload has grown, our networks remain rich and responsive, and community members continue to seek our training and remain as volunteers.
As part of this year’s celebration, we honor seven faithful volunteers who participated in our first training twenty years ago and still volunteer today: Gale McCallum, Kathleen Montgomery, Karen Petersen, Maureen Rogers, Jan Sundquist, and Mariette and Murray Trelease.
Lopez Island Hospice & Home Support is a non-profit, all volunteer organization providing our Lopez Island neighbors with professional case management, chore and respite services, errands, transportation, and maybe a friendly little game of cribbage. Grief support services, a cancer support group, and a caregiver support group help people going through major changes in their lives. And we have a wide variety of durable medical equipment like wheelchairs, walkers and shower benches available for short-and long-term loan.
Lopez Island Hospice & Home Support received non-profit status in 1997. Since that time, thanks to regular grants from the Lopez Island Thrift Store and the kindness of so many people, both on and off island, our volunteers have served more than 350 clients and their families over the years.
All our services, including the use of durable medical equipment, are offered without charge regardless of age, gender, race, or religion. Those with short-term, long-term or life-limiting illness or disabilities qualify for our care.
The need for hospice and home support on Lopez Island cannot be overstated. In such a small community, the loss of even one person is greatly felt. Thanks to our volunteers and the generosity of Lopez Islanders, we can help our neighbors stay in their homes during illness or at the end of life, enhancing life on Lopez Island for one and all.
"…I can't believe how lucky we are to have this service."
"How could we manage without our volunteers?"
"The time I now have to devote to myself when the volunteer is here helps me keep going."
"…of all the things my family and I received from all the hospice volunteers, the one of greatest value is the unexpected kindness all the volunteers brought to us and represented to us throughout this ordeal."
Winter 2019 Newsletter Available
Our Winter newsletter is now available on line - please click "Newsletter," above.
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Need Medical Equipment?
We have a wide variety of equipment available, including walkers, crutches, wheelchairs, commodes, toilet seat risers, and other items to make your life easier, long term or short term. Contact the office, 468-4446. Or drop by, 178 Weeks Road, kitty corner from the post office.
Caregiver Support Group
1st and 3rd Thursday of the month, 1pm at the Hospice & Home Support office, 178 Weeks Road. Drop ins are welcome.
Would you like to volunteer?
Lopez Island Hospice and Home Support is always looking for volunteers.
See How You Can Help.
In case of emergency dial 911
From cell phone: (360) 378-4141
For non-emergency: (360) 378-4151
10am to noon and 1pm to 3pm
Monday - Thursday
Office at 178 Weeks Road