In the early 1980"s it became clear there was a need for funds to build a hospice program to provide personal, compassionate care for terminally ill patients in southwest Washington. A small group of extraordinary volunteers called on their friends and put together fundraising events, and in the Fall of 1984 Friends of Hospice Southwest Washington was formed. They dug deep for resources, planned luncheons, ice cream socials and even sold flowers from the trunks of their cars. In only a few years, their dream came true with the opening of Hospice Southwest.
To this day, a journey of over 30 years later, Friends of Hospice Southwest Washington, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, 100% volunteer organization continues to grow and evolve in its mission of providing needed funds for hospice and palliative care patients and their families through established hospice organizations; PeaceHealth Southwest Hospice and HomeCare, Ray Hickey Hospice House, Community Home Health and Hospice, Elaine and Don Heimbigner Hospice Care Center, Longview Hospice Care Center and NW Kaiser Permanente Hospice & Palliative Care Services.
Throughout the years our funds have touched many at a pivotal point in their lives. The first request for funds was for a pink nightgown! An 86-year-old lady named Mary, in her final days, made a simple request, to be buried in a pink nightgown. Mary received a pink nightgown with ruffles!!!