I am a volunteer and have found SLOH to be staffed by caring and committed employees and dedicated, well-trained volunteers. I couldn't have found a better organization to be involved with. Thank you SLOH!
I am so impressed with Hospice SLO County, especially their professional, caring and friendly staff. I am a retired male in my 60s, and recently completed their very comprehensive In-Home Volunteer training program that opened my eyes to much knowledge that I was unaware of about the serious and important work related to end-of-life issues. The 30-hour training reflects much work and organization and includes numerous expert guest presenters in addition to the very qualified Volunteer Coordinators. The volunteer training manual provided to trainees is very detailed and is an excellent resource for volunteers as they serve their clients.
As a retiree with some time on my hands, another revelation was coming in contact with many other volunteers of all ages with such compassion and commitment to help people in need at such a critical yet vulnerable time. It is inspiring to know there are many such people in SLO County who volunteer but I would not have known if I had not signed up myself. The need for their services is great, and a client waiting list exists until more In-Home Volunteers are trained. Hospice SLO is undoubtedly an under-appreciated resource on the Central Coast and very worthy of all the recognition it receives.
Participated in a caregiver support group for 2 or 3 years. This helped me get through some very stressful times. The leaders, Roslyn and Kathy, as well as all the group members, helped me gain insight into my role as a caregiver. The support I received enabled me to find the courage to place my spouse in an assisted living facility and find time to "become a real person" again. I was in a terrible state when I started working with the group and now I am able to cope with life again. My husband is also in a better place and is aware of what I was going through. I am still involved with the support group, and now I feel like I am able to give back to its new members.
Hospice of SLO County literally saved me when my daughter and her husband were murdered thirty-one years ago. I attended the General Bereavement Group (which is all there was back then). I do not know how anyone survives loss without their help. I have had other losses since then and always attend a group. For a few years I have been a group facilitator and now try and give back. This is the best organization!!!! Charlotte Wood, Los Osos
Hospice SLO county is an all volunteer hospice, so the training and recognition given to volunteers is a big part of the whole experience of volunteering. Having volunteered with many non-profits in my life time, I can honestly say that Hospice SLO is the BEST non-profit I've ever worked with in terms of training and recognition of its volunteers. In addition, the personal and professional rewards and learnings you get by being involved in this type of work are immense and life changing.
HOSPICE SAN LUIS OBISPO is an outstanding organization. My husband recently passed away after a long illness and I was able to work through my grief and sadness with the expert guidance of Roslyn Strohl and Kathy Murphy. They cofacilitated our caregivers group which met every other week for almost 3 years. We had a wonderful group of 12 ladies who were all very interactive and supportive. I feel my transition to widowhood would not have been as positive as it has been, if I had not had the expert guidance and care offered by Roslyn and Kathy. Thank you Roslyn and Kathy and all the dear ladies who participated in our group. Sincerely, Shiela Schraub
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Participating resorts include: The Verandah Resort and Spa, Antigua; St. James’s Club & Villas, Antigua; Pineapple Beach Club Antigua; Palm Island Resort & Spa, The Grenadines; St. James’s Club Morgan Bay, Saint Lucia; The Club, Barbados Resort & Spa; and Los Establos Boutique Inn, Panama.
call Dianne Tuttle 805-781-2630
I have volunteered with Hospice SLO for 16 years and they get better and better, always looking at how best to serve the community. From their free individual and group bereavement counseling to in home volunteer care to community crisis response to pet peace of mind, the staff is professional, caring, and heartfelt. A volunteer hospice, their training is superb and volunteers are supported and valued. With a small staff, a huge service is offered for people facing illness or the loss of a loved one. Their ongoing education programs help the community deal with life, death, and dying. Their website photo, people with arms around each other, illustrates their values and orientation.
Warm fellowship, a caring staff, and a cozy environment make this organization a wonderful place to volunteer. My tasks primarily involve administrative and secretarial-type functions in support of the staff and counselors. Little things that seem to make their jobs easier, and they are always so kind in letting me know that it does! I am often the first to greet those arriving for counseling, and enjoy and have benefitted from the chance to touch their lives by something as simple as a nice and caring greeting. Have particularly liked the way the staff here have gone out of their way to make me feel a real part of this organization.
The scenario (pick one): Your child's high school student committed suicide; a family member or your best friend just died after a long struggle with cancer; a family member or friend died suddenly and unexpectedly; your spouse died; your pet died: you or loved one is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness; etc. Any one of these scenarios result in you "having the worst day of your life." You are overwhelmed with grief, you can't take nourishment, can't sleep, can't think, can't stop crying, and basically can't function at all. Someone mentions Hospice of San Luis Obispo County and provides your with the phone number. You make the call and immediately you are embraced with sincere kindness, compassion, and understanding. You are connected to counseling and support groups who guide and support you in coping with your loss or pending loss. Hospice of SLO County is a non-medical hospice with a focus on respite care, social and practical support. All the services are provided free-of-charge to children and adults by experienced professionals and trained hospice volunteers. First hand, as a board of directors member, I have observed the dedication of the administrative staff, the professional staff, the volunteers, and fellow board members. They are passionate about fulfilling the mission of Hospice of SLO County. Hospice of SLO County is where the healing begins.
My husband and I volunteer for Hospice SLO County for their Pet Peace of Mind program. Through this program, we’ve fostered a beautiful shih tzu Toby, whose owner went into hospice care in 2013 when she was no longer able to care for Toby. Toby was severely neglected when we began fostering him in 2013, at 14 years old. Our friends who saw this poor dog didn’t think he’d survive more than six months.
The goal was to find a “forever home” for Toby, but placing an old dog with ongoing medical expenses is next to impossible. We regretted not being in a financial position to do adopt him ourselves. But Hospice Pet Peace of Mind stepped up to it graciously and dependably, paying his ongoing and costly medical bills.
Toby is now 18 and still loves his walks, food, and being around other dogs and people. He brings a smile to so many people we encounter. Hospice has also loaned us a very nice dog stroller to use for him on our walks, when his arthritic limbs protest.
Toby brought many smiles to my son’s face this year as Jeff lived with us during his cancer battle. I feel that Toby was part of the healing energy and process for Jeff.
We’ve given Toby a lot of love and good care, but without the loving care and financial support of Hospice Pet Peace of Mind, this beautiful animal would not survive.
Hospice is a life saver, on so many levels, and the people we’ve dealt with are deeply caring individuals.
I was referred to Hospice SLO County by my private therapist whom I was seeing because I was struggling with the death of my mother. My therapist said " you could benefit from having a crying buddy " and hearing from others who are going through the same thing.
The facilitators were so sincere at explaining that tears were welcome. That tears meant the people we lost mattered. That for every tear we cry, we heal a little more. The tears need to come out. This was a safe place where that can happen. That was very consoling to me.
Part of the group structure is that we can tell our stories about our loved ones over and over and over again. This is the place that doesn't get tired of hearing it from you. And the stories need to be told. This made the group very personal.
An important point that I learned is that I'm not trying to get *over* my mother's death. I trying to get through it. I don't want to get *over* it. I'll never be *over* it, but I can heal and become "me" again.
I would heartily encourage them to try out the group. Come to a meeting. No pressure to talk. Just listen if you want to. I would tell them that they would find comfort in being in a group that truly understood the emotional and physical pain of grief, and that the group would be of great support through the journey ahead, without judgement.
HSLO is the only volunteer hospice in SLO county, and I have volunteered there since 2006. HSLO supports its volunteers, clients and caregivers with valuable services, all at no cost. I have worked with hundreds of clients in my time with HSLO, and experienced first-hand the gratitude and the appreciation of clients who discover the range of our services. Whether HSLO is educating the community and reaching out to those who grieve, or offering respite during the most difficult times in our lives, it offers a special and extraordinary level of care and heart.
I work as a volunteer in the office answering telephones, greeting people, and helping with various office projects. All the people at Hospice of SLO - both volunteers and paid staff - are extremely dedicated to helping people in any way they can. They are very caring and sensitive to individual and family needs. It is a pleasure working with all of them.
When my husband died, I coped. I'm a good 'coper'. A woman I knew only slightly took me aside one day and said, "I know you think you can handle this. You probably can, but it will be better if you go to some meetings." She took me to my first Grief Support meeting sponsored by Hospice of San Luis Obispo County. I continued to go for almost three years. The facilitators were comfortable and comforting. It was a welcoming place to come to cry and laugh. We were all made aware that there was more help available. Individual counseling could be had at no charge. Some members came to group; some to individual therapy; some used both. Other facilitators were sometimes brought in. All were obviously trained and empathetic. Even when someone was having a particularly bad time, one always felt the safety of their ability to handle the situations that arose. We became friends. With their help, we held each other up. I brought newly grieving widows into their care, even after I had left. I shall remain forever grateful they were there when I was at my worst.
I have seen many people benefit from the many services Hospice SLO County has to offer. I think that all of our clients take something valuable away from the experience with Hospice as well.
Hospice SLO County is a well-run non-profit that has stellar staff and dedicated volunteers. The counselors are top notch and every donation - no matter how small - is acknowledged and fully appreciated. The organization provides free support to those dealing with loss as well as workshops and classes to help those in the role of caregivers. Volunteers provide in-home respite relief for caregivers and end-of-life doula services, in addition to pet peace-of-mind services. Free counseling in the form of individual and group sessions are available and the counselors bring their services to the community (schools, etc.) when a group is dealing with loss.
Volunteering at Hospice SLO has been such a positive impact on my life. Being in a professional environment where every person clearly cares for others has opened me up to a world of compassion. The staff and other volunteers are uniquely understanding and willing to reach to fit the needs of others, yet remain professional. I admire everyone involved with Hospice SLO and would recommend their services to anyone looking for the type of support we offer.