Short and Sweet overview of OCHH...
Our Community House of Hope.
OCHH built a replicable social model end-of–life home in our community for others to follow throughout California. OCHH also functions as an end-of-life education center for the community at large.
http://ourhouseofhope.org Our Community House of Hope is a non-profit organization consisting of doctors, nurses, other healthcare professionals, and community leaders who have a common vision for helping people during their final days. We believe that everyone deserves to die with dignity and peace.
Short and Sweet overview of OCHH...
Our Community House of Hope.
Here is a great article about-finding hope and love at Our Community House of House of Hope. Please share it with others and join us in support of this grassroots project at www.ourhouseofhope.org. Hope you can attend our May 7th Event. Thank you! Teresa
TROY HARVEY/THE STAR Ben Schillaci takes a moment to reflect while being interviewed at Our Community House of Hope in Thousand Oaks on Thursday afternoon.
A HUGE thank you to all that made our 2014 OCHH GALA a huge success last night! The house was packed and the love that was present was tangible and infectious! We raised a significant amount of money to continue out work, along with seeing new first time faces.
Those of you that could not get tickets this year were missed and we look forward to our next opportunity to see you all! You all have been such a blessing and OCHH' work could NOT be done without you all! Be blessed...
WE BELIEVE people in their final stage of life deserve the very best care.
WE BELIEVE no one should have to die lonely or alone.
WE BELIEVE no one should suffer pain or other symptoms when comfort is possible.
WE BELIEVE family and friends deserve our care as much as the person who is dying.
WE BELIEVE families and friends can better cope, grieve and say goodbye if they are not serving as the caregivers.
WE BELIEVE dignity and comfort are more important than tasks and schedules.
WE BELIEVE a loving, home environment enables death to be a part of a personal story rather than a medical event.
WE BELIEVE calm surroundings, music, animals, and touch make a difference, even to those who cannot respond.
WE BELIEVE in partnering with hospice organizations and other service providers to avoid duplication of services in the community.
WE BELIEVE in sharing what we have learned.
WE HAVE SOLD OUT OUR ANNUAL GALA! :-) See you all there! If you missed this, please consider making a contribution to help us provide the amazing "love work" that OCCH does...
Life is so precious! Don't miss the little things - they are so important...
The little imperfections that made them perfect.
This is great article as to what Our Community House of Hope does... just a sweet blessing to so many!
She was comforted by the musical sounds of her favorite clocks mounted on the wall in front of her bed at Our Community House of Hope in Thousand Oaks.
A special thanks to the team of volunteers that helped assemble our year end fund raising mailing. Thanks to Heather and Judy for late hours of challenge with printing and software! This is our largest mailing and we send thanks to all that will financially support this vision! 2013 has been an extraordinary year with blessings to residents and volunteers! Just amazing!
How Doctors Die: Showing Others the Way - http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/20/your-money/how-doctors-die.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
One way that doctors stand out from the general population is in advance planning for the end of life, something that is gradually finding acceptance.
Thank you Mike and Barbara Malamut for the opportunity to see your awesome collection of vintage cars from all over the world! Seeing so many other memorabilia from many of our young years was thought provoking for many.
Our thanks to all that attended - a really strong attendance - many past supporters and many that are now just learning about our vision to serve those without the support and resources in those last days... our heartfelt thanks to you all!
Join us and enjoy Mike and Barbara Malamut's private collection of rare and beautifully restored autos, vintage furniture, clothing, and other memorabilia while celebrating and learning about Our Community House of Hope.
Our Community House of Hope (OCHH) is a not-for-profit, social model, end-of-life care facility located in Thousand Oaks, CA. Mike and Barbara Malamut are opening the doors to their private collection of private collection of rare and beautifully restored autos, vintage furniture, clothing, and othe...
Thank you all for attending our Cisco's meeting last evening! Great people - Ann and Teresa brought our house experiences into clear focus. We had three residents pass and one 'graduated' because he got better when he came to our house. This happened in a brief time period. Thank you to all of our volunteers - their love and contributions are priceless!
Hello OCHH angels! We want to thank all of you that joined us physically and/or financially at our 1st Anniversary Celebration of Hope! We had a packed house, awesome food, special wines, heartfelt testimonies of service, a live auction and to top off the evening a successful $$ fundraiser!
We received generous bids in a live auction for the 11 great items ranging from vacations to rare exposures to the world of wine [note: all the auction items were 100% donated!]. We also received $ bids on care at our House of Hope ranging from hundreds of dollars to thousands!
Our thanks to all the volunteers that made this happen – it truly was a team effort. Our special thanks to our event chairperson Anthea without whom we can’t imagine this level of success! A special thanks to John Notter and the Westlake Inn for generosity and performance rarely experienced at this level!
The biggest winners are our residents… God bless you all!
Well we are there! Our 1st Annual celebration is SOLD OUT! Thank you all!! If you were not able to join us this time and purchase tickets, please help and make a donation.
You are all such angels keeping OCHH open! The people being served know that this is an incredible blessing!
Our 1st Annual celebration is about to happen! We have just a few tickets left! See you there!
Hurry and purchase your tickets! They are going fast - don't delay! This will be a wonderful evening for 200 guests and lovers of OCHH...
Celebrate Hope - The First Anniversary
1st Annual OCHH Fundraising Event
Friday, March 15, 2013 at 7:00pm
Provence Room at the Westlake Village Inn
Agoura Rd., Westlake Village
(Near corner of Agoura & Lakeview Canyon Rds.)
This exciting fundraiser will feature Emcee Jim Cathcart guiding a special tasting of food and wines pairings from the Inn's StoneHaus cellar, while sharing "Stories of Hope."
Auctioneer Jeff Tanenbaum will lead a Live Auction featuring
fabulous resort vacations and entertainment packages
Tickets are $75 each, and are available through March 11, 2013.
One lovely ladies thoughts about Our Community House of Hope! Heather is an active volunteer with OCHH... Short yet beautiful thoughts - please share!
I've been a volunteer (hospice massage) for Our Community House of Hope since they opened their doors. The people involved are an amazing group of humans! I ...
This is a good article considering our experience last evening! Awareness of end-of-life issues is finally increasing...
For Americans with a terminal diagnosis, death increasingly comes in the places and ways they say they want it — at home and in the comfort of hospice care.
Thank you OCHH Education Committee and volunteers for an absolute home run tonight! The CLU/OCHH collaboration free screening of Consider the Conversation at Muvico Theaters was SOLD OUT! Thank you Muvico for the considerable help accommodating all of us! We so appreciate everyone that participated in this educational event! Thank you!
Thanks to PATTY HAYES, we had a very nice piece on KCLU this morning. AMYRA BRAHA was kind enough to tell her story of her mother dying. THANK YOU Ladies!
The link to listen is below:
It can be one of the most difficult situations you’ll face in your life. A loved one is diagnosed with a terminal illness.
Today is a GIFT! Our only response needs to be gratitude... Thank you for today! Life is so precious... http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=nj2ofrX7jAk&feature=player_embedded
A Moving Art original short. This inspirational video was well responded at TED conferences and filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg motivates those around him as ha...
You now are able to purchase tickets for the 1st Anniversary of Our Community House of Hope annual celebration on OCHH website. http://ourhouseofhope.org
Our Community House of Hope (OCHH) is a not-for-profit, social model, end-of-life care facility located in Thousand Oaks, CA.
Join us for a free screening of Consider the Conversation on February 5, 2013 at 7:00pm at Muvico Theaters. Professional panel to follow screening.
This film is a sensitive portrayal of end-of-life issues, appropriate for those seeking education, awareness and support in addressing medical, psychological and social issues.
Hello Friends of Our Community House of Hope! Please feel free to forward this update to anyone you feel might like to hear of the latest news from OCHH.
The Best News!
In the December 27, 2012 edition of the Thousand Oaks Acorn, OCHH was listed as the MOST INSPIRATIONAL NEWS STORY OF 2012 - for the opening of the house. There really was no story - just a listing in their 12 top stories of the year. You can see it at http://www.toacorn.com/news/2012-12-27/Front_Page/2012_story_awards.html We will use this designation in our education and fund raising efforts over the next few months.
The REALLY GOOD News
At Our Community House of Hope, we are still going full steam ahead to capture the spirit of giving during this holiday season. To date, we are doing very well on our Holiday Fund raising efforts- we have collected $36,028.36 as of December 26, 2012. Add to this, another $8,200 that was recently received but not yet posted in Salesforce, AND an additional $6,300 in employer matching grants (yet to be received) and we are at a total of $44,228.36! This represents 98% of our goal!!!!
We have reached a new milestone with our most recent resident - he is our oldest resident to date - 100 years young. A small man by stature, but so large in heart and mind. I visited with him the day after he arrived and he insisted on reading me his favorite comic out of the paper. Even in ill health and knowing he is facing death, he likes a good laugh! His family feels so blessed for OCHH: many times, with tears of gratefulness, they share their thanks with us.
Our second resident continues to show signs that her body is having a harder time fighting. Nevertheless, she has a smile when visitors come. Her room is adorned with artwork, flowers and gifts people have given her. She loves every single one!
Just today (Friday), a music therapist from one of our Hospice organizations came to play the keyboard for the residents. Before the musician arrives, she always calls to learn what type of music each resident would like to hear. The female resident wanted 50's music, she smiled and had a look of happiness while listening to the old bee-bop tunes. Our spunky centurion sang along to some of the old classics from the 30's and 40's. I hope the therapist got as much out of her time with the residents as they did with her!
We hope to admit a third resident next week. We have received several calls checking on bed availability.
More GOOD News
We have carpet in our office space! (formerly known as the garage)! It not only looks warmer, but it feels warmer too.
We continue to make major strides in developing our reporting and accountability systems. We have five people actively (almost daily) utilizing the many facets of SALESFORCE. This software is a wonderful tool which allows us not only data tracking ( which has been used for almost 18 months now) but also the reporting side. I am using the reporting functions daily.
Our day-to-day office functions are becoming much more refined and consistent. Soon you will see a new dashboard that will provide information on how many residents, length of stay etc, along with information on talks to community groups, education events, booths we provide at community events etc. The dashboard will serve as a snapshot of the OCHH activities for any given month. You will then be able to share the information with co-workers, friends etc.
The website will soon have weekly updates! A system is being developed to have updates on our volunteer opportunities, wish list, recent stories etc. The layout will remain, but the content will be updated more frequently.
Thank You -Everyone!
It is so important to thank those who help OCHH do what we do. Usually these updates make mention of people who have gone above and beyond to help OCHH - however, there are so many people in the last few months alone, I am afraid I may forget someone. So in an effort to not hurt any feelings, I say THANK YOU to all who helped: Care for residents, raise funds to pay for the care of residents, in-kind donors who made our residents adn visitors so well fed over the holidays, volunteers who manage our office; make deposits, track our expenses, stuffed envelopes and wrote newsletters. The many Hospice organizaitons who provide loving support to the residents. Volunteers who decorated the home for the holidays, played music for the residents, spoke to community groups about our mission, helped build storage cabinets and laid carpet. The people who organize our Heartbeat of Hope events, our Board and Committee members, and all who made calls to donors to simply say THANK YOU.
Each of you have the heartfelt thanks of the residents; their family and friends.
No job is too large, no task too menial - together, WE make a loving home, dedicated to exceptional end-of-life care.
May 2013 be the BEST for you, because you are the BEST in our books!!
With great admiration-
Our Community House of Hope
A Loving Alternative for End-of-Life Care
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Established in 2005, Our Community House of Hope, often referred to as OCHH, started to work towards realizing a vision of building a social model of end-of-life care that could be replicated throughout the state and country. This model not only provides a peaceful place for those who cannot afford to be elsewhere, but it also allows them to live out their final days in a loving environment filled with care and support, visitors, laughter, and comfort. The model includes education for the community and a vow to fight to ensure that no one dies alone.
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