ABOUT US

“A Volunteer Hospice and Grief Support Center”

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During these unprecedented times as we face the Covid-19 Pandemic, Hospice of the Conejo is committed to supporting our community as we have done for the past 43 years.

Though we have had to suspend our in-home volunteer hospice visits and our group grief support groups, we are still here to help.  We have volunteers who are able to help should you need us to run errands, grocery shop, pick up a prescription.  We also have licensed therapists on call to assist you should you need someone to talk to.

Call our offices at (805) 495-2145 or email [email protected] and someone will get back to you as quickly as possible.

Since 1977 Hospice of the Conejo has been dedicated to serving as a community-based non-profit, non-medical volunteer hospice and grief support center, whose objective is to affirm life, even when faced with life-limiting illness and grief, by providing compassionate  support, care, and guidance to individuals and families facing end-of-life issues.  Hospice of the Conejo is committed to providing a bias free environment and all are welcomed.

All services are provided completely free of charge, 100% of our funding is raised through private donations, fundraising events and grants. Our service area is the Eastern Ventura County including Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Newbury Park, Oak Park, Agoura,  Calabasas, Simi Valley and Moorpark, and surrounding communities.

As a non-medical hospice, we are uniquely positioned to offer our support outside the constraints placed on medical hospices by Medicare and Insurance.  We can assist patients and their families before a six-month prognosis is made and no physician referral is required for our services.  We are also able to assist patients who are still undergoing corrective treatment.

We also operate a thriving Grief Support Center, providing 50+ professional, therapist-led grief support groups every month…… always at no charge. We help seniors who have lost their spouse of many decades, adults of all ages, young parents who have lost a child or during pregnancy, teens and children who have lost a loved one, a bilingual group for our Spanish speaking residents and a group people who are suffering the loss of their beloved pet.

We also offer our NODA (No One Dies Alone) program provides volunteers who sit vigil with patients who are in their final hours of life and would otherwise die alone because loved ones are unable to be there.

Our Patient/Pet program helps our patients keep their beloved pet by their side during their illness as many times they do not have the means to do so.  Our volunteers walk, groom, feed and otherwise care for the pet.

We also have a lending closet of medical supplies like walkers, shower chairs, wheel chairs and commodes that we loan to those in need completely free of charge (upon availability).

And finally we operate as an education center providing general information and guidance on placing a family member into hospice care as well as understanding what might be expected when faced with a terminally ill patient in the family.  We take calls every day helping people understand what steps to consider when dealing with the loss of a loved one, including participation in our therapist-led grief support groups.  We also respond to unexpected crises that profoundly affect our community (murder, suicide, other traumatic unexpected death events).

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OUR MISSION

Dedicated to serving as a community-based non-profit, non-medical volunteer hospice and grief support center, whose objective is to affirm life even when faced with life-limiting illness and grief, by providing compassionate, practical support and guidance to individuals and families facing end-of-life issues always completely free of charge.

And committed to providing a bias free environment where all feel welcomed.

Volunteer and Help Make A Difference!

OUR STAFF

  • Susan Murata
    Susan MurataExecutive Director
  • Jean Bishop
    Jean BishopAsst. Director & Program Coordinator
  • Jesusa Chua
    Jesusa ChuaOffice Manager
  • Claytie Mason
    Claytie MasonVolunteer and Program Manager
  • Judy Bader
    Judy BaderVolunteer and Program Manager

Board of Directors

  • Tammie Helmuth
      Tammie HelmuthChairman of the Board
    • Debbie Copsey
        Debbie CopseyVice Chair
      • Tammy Eacker
          Tammy EackerBoard Member
        • Jim Robinson
            Jim RobinsonBoard Member
          • Roger Benson
              Roger BensonTreasurer
            • Bruce Dichter
                Bruce DichterBoard Member
              • Dave Friedl
                  Dave FriedlBoard Secretary

                Grief Support Counselors

                • Cheryl Zelico
                    Cheryl ZelicoGrief Facilitator
                  • Dr. Beth Haynes
                      Dr. Beth HaynesGrief Facilitator
                    • Amanda Jennings
                        Amanda JenningsGrief Facilitator
                      • Erika Budig
                          Erika BudigGrief Facilitator
                        • Dr. Leticia Ximenez
                            Dr. Leticia XimenezGrief Facilitator
                          • Laura Ayala-Clark
                              Laura Ayala-ClarkGrief Facilitator
                            • Janelle Guillot
                                Janelle GuillotGrief Facilitator

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