Three agencies receive grant funds to improve end-of-life care and education

Springfield, Missouri (September 8, 2020) ─ The Hospice Foundation of the Ozarks is awarding $130,202 to three agencies in the first round of its 2020 grant cycle. These grants support organizations helping to provide dignity at end of life for all persons.

The four grants awarded recently include:

  • Jacob’s Ladder:  $75,000 for an end-of-life care home providing loving, patient-centered care for any hospice patient regardless of background, spiritual philosophy or ability to pay. The 3,200 square foot property in North Springfield is the first social model end-of-life care home in the area and opened Sept. 1.
  • Jacob’s Ladder:  $4,562 for construction of the Blanche Wong Memorial Garden, a peaceful outdoor seating area for patients and guests at the home.
  • Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis University, and University of Missouri: $50,000 for Bereavement Care in the Midst of COVID Response and Beyond, a series ofeducation and bereavement support webinars for both community and healthcare professionals across Missouri.
  • Springfield-Greene County Library: $640 for a virtual community education program to increase public awareness of end of life issues.

Hospice Foundation of the Ozarks is currently accepting proposals for its next round of awards. Program proposals must be received by Oct. 1, 2020. Grant recipients will be announced in November. To learn more, visit

Since 1997, HFO has given more than $1 million in grant awards supporting innovative programs that respond to unmet needs of those requiring hospice, palliative care, advance care planning, grief and bereavement services. The Foundation has funded a range of grantees making important contributions in critical, yet often overlooked areas of need. Grantmaking is open to nonprofit agencies serving the people of Southwest Missouri.