Granting last wishes is one of our favorite things to do. Patient, Jim Johnson, a long-time horseman, has been visiting a local ranch with his caregiver/friend for many weeks, but his true wish is to ride in a horse and wagon before his time here on earth is over. In this clip, you will see Jim’s wish come true. His love for horses is evident as he’s lifted onto the carriage and you see he’s grinning from ear to ear. What a joy it was to have a part in helping Him find a little piece of heaven here on earth.
Hemet Hospice Volunteers, Inc., and our Temecula branch office, Community Hospice Services, is a locally based, non-profit charitable organization governed by a volunteer board of directors. For over 30 years, our efforts have focused on the needs of hospice families, the bereaved, and promoting the hospice mission in Southwest Riverside County. As an independent hospice support agency, we have been able to be true to our founding mission and have supported thousands of hospice families as they faced the end-of-life with bravery and compassion.
While our primary mission is to provide resources for hospice patients and conduct free bereavement support groups for children and adults, we have broadened our mission, and are working to bring the first dedicated hospice home, the Arbor Hospice House, to the Inland Empire.
Our Special Needs Program provides hospice patients and their families with the support that is needed for the patient to have their last wishes granted, medical, psychological, and spiritual needs met, and to achieve peace of mind at the end-of-life.
Some of the resources we provide include caregivers so that a patient can stay in their home alone or so that the family can catch their breath, as well as, ensuring that the patient has adequate food, shelter, and other basic supplies. A few of the last wishes we have granted include being reunited with distant loved ones, day trips to a horse ranch, and a young family’s first Disneyland experience.
Both our Youth Bereavement Program and our Adult Bereavement Support Groups are free to anyone in our community who has suffered a loss.
We are especially proud of our Youth Bereavement Program, as there is no other like it in our region. In partnership with our local school districts, we bring staff and volunteers to the school campus to conduct our youth bereavement support groups. We end the school year with our Happy Heart Kid’s Camp. This weekend camp allows children who have suffered a loss to be among their peers and learn that they are not alone in their grief journey.
The Arbor Hospice House will be the first dedicated hospice home in the entire Inland Empire. The home and property were donated to Hemet Hospice by a generous grant made through The Bank of Hemet. The Arbor Hospice House will have 6 private patient rooms, a quiet contemplation room, and several quiet, tree sheltered gardens. The house is currently being renovated and we are hoping to start caring for patients in 2012.
Our community has been generous to us for 30 years, and it is our pledge that we will continue to serve our community and those who have entrusted their donations to us for the care of hospice patients and the bereaved. We are proud to claim that 100% of the net proceeds from our fundraising events and memorial donations are used to care for the hospice patient and the bereaved.