Hospice East Bay Stories

  • One of our Bridge families at an Open House.

    Bridge Program Moving to Larger Space

    Due to a phenomenal year of growth, our Bridge Program is moving to a new location. The Bridge, Hospice of the East Bay’s bereavement support program for children and teens, was launched in 2012. Since then, attendance has more than doubled.

    There are many ...

  • Noemi Mitzel, Medical Social Worker

    Social Workers Making a Difference

    Noemi Mitzel is one of Hospice of the East Bay’s dedicated team of medical social workers. She believes that her first responsibility is to support her patients and their family’s wishes. She stays aware of any special concerns a family may have, be they financial, ...

  • Trish Dickson and Kathy Kavanagh

    Foundation News, Fall 2014

    As a community-based hospice, we rely on the generosity of our donors to provide the services that set us apart from other hospice organizations. We are blessed to have many community organizations and companies support us through events and ...

  • Theresa Caygill

    The Simple Gift of a Ring

    In June, one of our steadfast supporters, Theresa (Teri) Caygill, became a patient of Hospice of the East Bay. Like many people in our care, she received support from a number of our staff, including a case manager, social worker, chaplain, and home health aide. ...

  • Lori and Slim

    Lori & Slim

    Slim is 1600 pounds, has a blond mane and is an unlikely candidate to be a hospice volunteer. He stands in the hot sun, nuzzling hospice patient Lori Michaels, as she wipes away tears from her eyes. Visiting a horse was her dying wish, and today that wish is ...

  • World War Two veteran Leo

    Another Extraordinary WWII Veteran

    Through volunteering for Hospice of the East Bay, I have had the honor of meeting many WWII veterans of the Army, Navy and Air Force. They all told stories that would be worthy of movie scripts, though they are decidedly matter-of-fact and humble about their ...

  • Cindy presents Kay with award.

    Volunteer Dinner, 2014

    Every year, Hospice of the East Bay has the honor of celebrating over 300 volunteers who support our agency. This years' dinner was held in the Pleasant Hill Senior Center and was emceed by Christopher Joyce, Vice President of Human Resources. President and CEO ...

  • Untimely Loss of a Favorite Pet Pal

    We are deeply saddened by the unexpected passing of Belle, our dear and devoted Pet Pal, who passed away on Saturday, April 26th from a toxic reaction to macadamia nuts. Belle, a two and a half year old miniature Australian Shepherd, was a faithful, loving and ...

  • Hospital Gowns Designed With Love

    Two years ago, Betty Wass found that she could no longer provide care for her husband, Mohamed El Wakil, at home. After much consideration he was admitted to a local board and care facility.

    Due to Mohamed's declining health and mobility, the simple task of ...

  • Flowers being delivered.

    Foundation News, Spring 2014

    Valentine Flowers

    For the second year in a row, the Clayton Valley Garden Club delivered beautiful plants to our Pleasant Hill office to be delivered to our patients. This year our nurses, social workers, spiritual care counselors and ...

  • Spring Tree

    Note from the CEO, Spring 2014

    Spring symbolizes new life and new beginnings, and at Hospice of the East Bay we are introducing a fresh look. We have undergone a rebranding process that has resulted in a new logo and an updated website. This is an exciting time at our agency as we are averaging ...

  • The books of Bill Burke, Author & Hospice Patient

    Bill Burke, Author & Hospice Patient

    Bill Burke, a Hospice of the East Bay patient, is living life to the fullest despite his terminal diagnosis. When Bill Burke's doctor first recommended that he begin using hospice services, Bill was reluctant—he still has a lot of living to do and saw hospice as ...

  • Quilting Fabric Comes Full Circle

    Pleasant Hill, CA - Every few weeks, during the fall and winter months, we receive large bags stuffed full of quilts. These quilts have been lovingly made by the Scrappy Quilters, a group that has been meeting regularly since 1993 at the Mt. Diablo ...

  • Founders Share History

    Pleasant Hill, CA - One day in 1975, three women met for lunch. Evelyn Radford, (aka “Peggy”) was a historian and instructor at Diablo Valley College who remembered and sought to apply the slogan, “If you want it done right, you just have to do ...

  • Photo of Legacy Society member Dottie Boyd with her mom, Naomi Graves

    Meet Legacy Supporter Dottie Boyd

    Dottie Boyd learned about Hospice of the East Bay long before she needed our help. She and her late husband Charlie were longtime donors and good friends of Hospice of the East Bay over the years. In 2000, they notified us that we are a beneficiary of their estate ...

  • Rabbi Mintz – Pioneer and Mentor

    When Rabbi Charles (Chuck) Mintz became seriously ill, his wife Adele felt hesitant about leaving him alone for any length of time. She wanted to be there in case he needed her. “Then, on the very first day that Chuck was admitted to Hospice of the East Bay, ...

  • Photo of Legacy Society member Millie Day

    Mildred A. Day: Legacy Supporter

    Millie Day was quite surprised to find out that she has been one of Hospice of the East Bay’s most generous supporters for more than twenty years. She lives a comfortable life of modest means, but has nevertheless created a legacy of generosity during her lifetime ...

  • Photo of Legacy Society members Anne Steinmann and Stan Lowenberg

    You Can't Spoil People With Love

    One of the first things you notice about Anne Steinmann and Stan Lowenberg is how comfortable they are in each others’ company. When you get to know them, you realize it makes perfect sense, because it’s apparent that they share core a philosophy: caring for ...

  • Reunited Through Music & Technology

    Alamo, CA - The seemingly impossible was made possible by Hospice of the East Bay staff this past April. Lorice French, a Bruns House patient, and her family were “transported” through technology 800 miles to Chandler, Arizona where her dear ...

  • Angel Flight West Flies a Family in Need

    In February, volunteer Joyce Olkiewicz had the pleasure of escorting a patient’s family from Buchanan Air Field to Ygnacio Valley Care Center where they could visit with their loved one. This wonderful family was granted a trip on Angel Flight West with the help ...

  • Social Worker Uses Social Media

    On one home visit to her patient George’s home in early January, Hospice of the East Bay Social Worker Kim Mantch was alarmed to find George’s daughter Lorraine in an emotional state. Lorraine told Kim that when her father had become too weak to care for his ...

  • Sharon Iversen Talks About Legacy Giving

    Scott’s Restaurant in Walnut Creek was the venue for a gathering of our Legacy Society on Thursday, July 14. We honored members of the society for their generous intentions to support Hospice of the East Bay through gifts from their estates. Our guests enjoyed a ...

  • Bruns House Lifts Family’s Burden

    Paul Valle-Riestra entered the Bruns House on May 20, 2011 and embarked on his final destination in his nineteen-month battle with brain cancer. Born and raised in Walnut Creek, he led a remarkable life. Paul went to UC Davis and Berkeley, returned to Walnut Creek ...

  • Photo of Legacy Society member Erica Weingarten

    Repaying the Kindness of Others

    In May of this year, Hospice of the East Bay received a phone call that both saddened us and gave us cause for joy. One of our longtime supporters, Erica Weingarten, who had recently become a Hospice patient, called to tell us that she knew she would not live much ...