Description of Organization
Our work falls into four program areas, each with its own emphasis, and each of which complements and supports the others:
- Our Volunteer Programs train and support a community of caring people as they serve those needing care, both at our Guest House and at Laguna Honda Hospital, the primary referral site for uninsured people in San Francisco.
- Our Grief Support services assist people in coping with the heartbreak of a significant loss, be it from the death of a loved one or the incremental losses of aging.
- Our Education workshops, trainings, and consulting services teach people how to manage the challenges of aging, dying, and caregiving with skill and confidence.
Zen Hospice Project was awarded a grant in the amount of $52,500 for a program to create a replicable model for professional education to implement more compassionate, contemplative and effective End-of-Life and Palliative care. The ultimate goal is to establish the outcomes and findings of the program into evidence-based medicine, advancing these contemplative practices into the mainstream aspects of healthcare to support the greatest need.
For over two decades, Zen Hospice Project has pioneered an internationally recognized best practice model of end-of-life care and education that is based in the Zen Buddhist principles of compassion, mindfulness and loving-kindness. Zen Hospice Project approached the Foundation with a request for funding of its Volunteer Caregiver Program in 2008. The Volunteer Caregiver Program integrates spiritual practice and end-of-life care training with service to the dying to embrace each moment of life and death as a pathway to self-realization and harmony. This program, supported by the Foundation's 2008 grant in the amount of $10,000, brought essential support to low income and under-served populations that face socioeconomic barriers to care, such as the poor, under-insured and uninsured, as well as those lacking education or facing language barriers.
In May of 2009, the Foundation continued its support of the Volunteer Caregiver Program with an additional grant in the sum of $2,500.