Budget crunch brings changes to Hospice

At their meeting on Nov. 14 the Heart of the Redwoods Community Hospice board members and staff addressed the issue of a year-end shortfall of approximately $23,000.

This shortfall is primarily due to a decrease in revenue brought in through fundraising and private donations, as well as the expiration of a grant that paid for the volunteer coordinator’s salary.

HRCH has responded to this challenge by working with staff members to come up with a plan to cut down on personnel costs by eliminating one part-time office position and consolidating others. Office hours will also be reduced to four days a week. The new office hours will be Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will, however, still be someone on call 24 hours a day, every day. These changes alone will reduce expenses by $19,000 per year.

The board also discussed ways of increasing revenue, including stepping up fundraising efforts and hiring a grant writer.

The next fundraiser is on Friday, Dec. 7 - HRCH’s annual Evening of Remembrance - when the community is invited to commemorate family members and friends by hanging origami cranes in their honor. On that evening at 5:30 p.m. we will come together at Hospice, 464 Maple Lane in Garberville, to remember and celebrate our loved ones. Please join us and embrace the spirit of giving by helping to support this vital community resource. Donations of any amount will be greatly appreciated.