HFO awards nearly $140,000 in grants to local and regional organizations

The Hospice Foundation of the Ozarks awards funds on an annual basis to nonprofit organizations offering programs and services related to end-of-life care and education. 

In December 2019, the Board of Directors voted to approve the following grant requests: 

  • Lost and Found Grief Center - $9,035 
    Provide books and digital resources on grief and loss in medical libraries at CoxHealth South Hospital and the "Chub" O'Reilly Cancer Center as well as individual consults with parents and children who are navigating serious or terminal illness. 
  • Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) - $5,192
    Purchase grief-focused books for children in the RSVP program to enhance understanding of grief and loss.
  • On Angel's Wings - $8,750
    Recruit, train, and support a volunteer staff of photographers who provide families with photographs of children diagnosed with a terminal illness.  
  • Jacob's Ladder Care Services, Inc. - $60,000
    Develop information, educational resources, and events to enhance awareness of Springfield's first social model (no cost) home for individuals in the final weeks of life. 
  • CoxHealth Home-based Palliative Care Program - $48,197
    Provide services to patients and families in the Palliative Care and Hospice programs, including clerical assistance to staff/providers, music therapy for palliative care and pediatric patients, and chaplain services for palliative care families who have lost a loved one. 
  • Clarehouse - $8,000
    Help rebuild the home after a devastating flood in 2019 disrupted services. Clarehouse is located in Tulsa, Okla., and is the nation's first social model home for end-of-life care. 

The deadlines for proposals in 2020:

  • Call for proposals Feb. 1 with submissions due on April 1, 2020. 
  • Call for proposals Aug. 1 with submissions due on Oct. 1, 2020.

Details will be available on the HFO website.