Pasted on the bulletin board in the office of Heart of Hope where thank-you letters are posted is a donation of a $50 check payable to “Volunteer X.” This non-negotiable check tells of a touching story of friendship between a telephone care volunteer and a sick and poor single parent….
During the past four and plus years, Heart of Hope Asian American Hospice Care cleared one hurdle after another to transition from a volunteer-based organization to become a licensed 501 (c) (3) non-profit professional medical organization in October 2016 in the San Francisco South Bay area. We dearly hope that Asian Americans will be like the mainstream in taking full advantage of hospice care to bring comfort and professional care to their terminally ill friends and family members so as to help them go through this important part of their lives relatively relaxed and without regret.
At this time, most of our professional medical services will be provided free of charge until we pass the Medicare accreditation process to receive reimbursement from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. In the meantime, if we could have sufficient operational funds, we should be able to provide more services to the suffering patients and their families.
We estimate that it will take at least two years before the organization’s budget can gradually be balanced. Our operational expenses for the next two years will exceed one million dollars each year. So the urgent task at hand is that we must raise one million dollars now in order to pay for the care of the patients receiving free care from now until we pass the Medicare and Medicaid accreditation process. Whenever we think about this monetary shortfall, a sense of heavy pressure falls on our co-workers and trustees. But whenever we think about the days to come when Asian Americans can have the opportunity of enjoying the treatment of dignity at the end of their lives, we are driven to march forward to meet this challenge, trying to learn from history’s pioneers about their steadfastness and perseverance.
If you approve of our vision and services, we hereby most sincerely and earnestly ask that you continue to support us financially and through prayers.
Heart of Hope Asian American Hospice Care
- Sam Han
- Wallace Chu
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