To our Zen Hospice Project Community:
Our organization is in a time of substantial change, and in the spirit of partnership we want to update you on how Zen Hospice Project will continue to serve our mission of transforming the experience of dying and caregiving through our unique human-centered model of care.
As many are aware, Zen Hospice Project has suspended caregiving services at the Guest House residential care facility in San Francisco. It is with sadness that we are announcing that the Guest House is being prepared for sale. Our residential hospice program has been a one-of-a kind environment that functioned outside the traditional healthcare reimbursement process. Unfortunately, generating revenue to sustain our compassionate caregiving program has become increasingly challenging in recent years, especially in the face of rising operating costs.
In addition to the Guest House closure, there has also been a change to the leadership team. Effective immediately, Roy Remer, who is currently the Director of Education and Training, will assume the role of Interim Executive Director. George Kellar will be supporting the board and Executive team through the transition of leadership to Roy Remer.
Under Remer’s leadership the staff and volunteers at Zen Hospice Project are committed to continuing to train and provide volunteer caregivers to serve on the 59-bed Palliative Care Ward of Laguna Honda Hospital. We will also continue to educate and support family and professional caregivers through our Mindful Caregiver Education program. We believe these two programs will have even greater social impact going forward.
We are grateful to our entire community for supporting our mission over the past decades, and we ask for your continued support. We look forward to sharing future updates on our vision in coming weeks.
With deep gratitude,
The Zen Hospice Project Team