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Thanks for helping hospice | Letters

Many thanks to this incredible community for its support of United Way of San Juan County and many thanks to United Way’s dedicated board, grants committee and executive director for including Hospice of San Juan as a recipient of donated funds. United Way is one of very few sources of unrestricted funding for our operational expenses. We are a “virtual” business; we have no building to house our agency nor do we have employees that need to be paid since we are all-volunteer. However, we do have fixed operational costs such as voicemail, liability insurance, postage, photocopies, training materials. Without United Way unrestricted grant money, we could not function.

Hospice of San Juan (www.hospiceofsanjuan.org) is a primary support service of those providing in-home care to persons who are homebound or at the end of life, benefitting those who live on San Juan Island at no cost to existing systems. Founded in 1984 by a small group of dedicated island nurses and caregivers, we received non-profit status in 1985 and Federal 501(c)3 status in 1993. We currently work both independently and alongside Medicare-funded hospice services that come from Skagit County. United Way of San Juan County’s support helps us deliver our entirely volunteer-operated programs of caregiver respite; medical equipment lending; grief support; music and memory program; and the training and education of volunteers and community caregivers. Many many thanks to all of you who donate to United Way, and many thanks for your ongoing support of Hospice of San Juan!

Mariluz Villa

Operations Manager

Hospice of San Juan