Mission and History

Lopez Island Hospice & Home Support, as a skilled volunteer organization, will provide hospice and home support services and resources to the Lopez Island community experiencing illness, injury, and/or loss.

While in the process of searching for a new physician for the Lopez Medical Clinic in 1996, there were many requests for hospice and home support services - services which did not exist in the small rural community of Lopez Island in the San Juans of Washington State.  After spending several months doing a needs assessment, research, and information gathering with the cooperation of other existing volunteer hospice programs, a steering committee was formed and Lopez Island Hospice and Home Support was born.

A local attorney graciously wrote our bylaws and assisted us in navigating the course toward becoming a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation; a local architect designed our logo; and a board member and local grant writer created a proposal to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  Even though we did not match their criteria, they presented us with a $25,000 grant to be used for start-up funds.

In December 2000 at the request of client families and our own volunteers, we entered into an agreement with Island Hospital Homecare to help provide salary for a registered nurse who would work part-time as a case manager.  Lopez Island Hospice and Home Support still maintains a part-time Manager of Client Services, and a good relationship with Island Hospital. 

In March of 2003, also at the request of client families and volunteers, we started an innovative Caregivers' Support Group, providing support and respite for full-time caregivers; it continues to this day, and is facilitated by our Manager of Client Services.

In addition, Lopez Island Hospice and Home Support includes Loss, Bereavement and Spiritual Care services in our program, and durable medical equipment loans.

Over the years, our mission continues to be responsive to the Lopez community.  We have enjoyed enormous and continuing community support, our caseload has grown, our networks remain rich and responsive, and community members continue to seek our training and remain as faithful volunteers.

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Important Contact Numbers

In case of emergency dial 911
From cell phone: (360) 378-4141
For non-emergency: (360) 378-4151


Office Hours:

10am to noon and 1pm to 3pm

Monday - Thursday

Office at 178 Weeks Road  

Contact Us

(360) 468-4446

PO Box 747
Lopez Island, WA 98261

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