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Growth House, Inc.
Directory of San Francisco Bay Area Resources for
     Grief And Life-Threatening Illness

(ASCII text version. Last Update: 5 July 2011)

This directory includes over 150 agencies we know of in the
San Francisco Bay Area that offer support for end of life
care and bereavement.  We include hospice services, support
groups for life-threatening diseases, grief groups, consumer
information about funeral planning, eldercare and aging
resources, and other related topics.

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U. S. National
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American Cancer Society
800-ACS-2345

American Heart Association
800-AHA-USA1

Cancer Institute
800-4-CANCER

Diabetes Hotline
800-828-8293

Hear Now
800-648-4327
Non-profit national organization that provides hearing aides and
cochlear implants to seniors with limited financial resources.

HospiceLink
800-331-1620
http://nysernet.org/bcic/numbers/hospice.html
HospiceLink maintains a computerized and continually updated directory
of hospice programs in the United States, and operates a toll-free
telephone number (1-800-331-1620) to refer callers to local hospice
and palliative care programs. HospiceLink also provides general
information about the principles
and practice of hospice care. Staff members will listen
sympathetically and give limited, informal support to callers who wish
to discuss immediate personal problems relating to terminal illness
and bereavement.
Free service.

Maxim Healthcare Services
http://www.maximhomecare.com
1-866-297-2295 
A national provider for home health services and skilled nursing services.
Their Companion Services branch can assist clients with activities of daily
living (ADL) that do not require skilled nursing care.  Also offers respite
services in some locations.  Has over 400 offices in the United States. 

MISS Foundation
MISS is a nonprofit, volunteer based organization committed to providing
emergency support to families in crisis after the death of their baby or
young child from any cause.  Web site includes a chapter locator for
the United States.
http://www.missfoundation.org

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America
800-833-4672

National Arthritis, Muscular Skelital, Skin Disease Information
Clearing House (NAMSIC)
301-495-4484

National CDC HIV/AIDS Hotline
800-342-2437
800-243-7889 TTY (10 - 10 EST)

National Eldercare Locator Service
1-800-677-1116

National Epilepsy Foundation
800-332-1000

National Eye Care Project Help Line
655 Beach Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
800-222-3937
Provides medical eye care for financially disadvantaged seniors.  

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
Arlington                            VA     22209
800-658-8898
http://www.nhpco.org
Provides referrals to hospices across the United States. Also provides
technical consulting to hospice providers.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society
800-464-6999
Provides accurate information and programs relating to all 
aspects of multiple sclerosis.  

National Parkinson's Association
800-522-8855

National Stroke Association
800-787-6537

SHARE
St. Joseph's Health Center
300 First Capitol Drive
St. Charles                          MO     63301-2893
800-821-6819
A free national referral service that maintains a directory of support
groups specific to pregnancy loss and neonatal death.  Provides
referrals to groups anywhere in the country.
Free telephone referrals.

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San Francisco Bay Area -- General
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Bay Area Hospice Information
http://www.meer.net/users/taylor/hospice2.htm
A list of San Francisco Bay Area hospices.

Bay Area Jewish Funeral Chapels and Cemetaries
http://www.jewish.com:80/resource/ch3.htm#RTFToC16
A guide provided by San Francisco Jewish Community Publications Inc.

California AIDS Hotline
415-863-2437
Comprehensive telephone referral service operating 24 hours a day,
7 days a week.

California Department of Aging
http://www.aging.state.ca.us
1-800-510-2020 
For Californians, provides information on services in your area for
seniors and persons with disabilities.

Jewish Family and Children's Services
Bereavement and Healing Program
Offices in San Francisco, Palo Alto, San Rafael, and Santa Rosa
(for details see main listing under San Francisco Agencies)
http://jfcs.org

National Kidney Foundation of Northern California
553 Pilgram Dr., #C
Foster City, CA 94404
650-349-5111; 800-796-2277
Provides information and programs relating to all aspects of
kidney disease.

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Alameda                              CA
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St. Joseph Catholic Church
1109 Chestnut Street
Alameda                              CA     94501
510-522-0445
Bereavement support social gathering once per month. Weekly support
groups for children grades 1-8 experiencing loss from death or
divorce.
Steve Mullen

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Antioch                              CA
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Kaiser Permanente Antioch Medical Center
Bereavement Services
3400 Delta Fair Blvd.
Antioch                              CA     94509
510-295-4711
Hospice services and bereavement support for members and family of
patients.  Non-Kaiser members may attend.
Karen Silverman

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Aptos                                CA
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Hospice Caring Project
Santa Cruz Coalition for End of Life Care
6851 Soquel Drive
Aptos                                CA     95003
408-688-7684
408-688-5271 (fax)
[email protected] (e-mail)
Non-profit home-based hospice service. Serves Santa Cruz county.
Offers free bereavement support groups for anyone in the county who
has suffered a loss.  Grief Busters is a program coordinated through
the schools to support children who have suffered a loss.  Offers an
annual 30-unit CEU hospice training program for RNs.
Medicare certified.

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Belmont                              CA
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Catholic Charities Belmont House
730 El Camino Real
Belmont                              CA     94002
650-802-9443
650-802-8385 fax
http://www.belmont.gov/orgs/bhouse/bhouse.html
Six-bed residential hospice for low-income San Mateo county residents
living in the last stages of AIDS. Offers a comfortable homelike
atmosphere that allows clients to die with dignity. Operated by
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Most residents
have signed a do not resusitate order and have a prognosis of six
months or less to live and are seeking palliative comfort care only.
Grief support is offered for hospice families.
Fees are based on SSI income.
Deborah Rogers, Program Director
Katherine Hill, Facility Mgr., 415-802-9426
Therece Haynes-Fleming, Senior CNA, 415-802-9426

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Berkeley                             CA
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Bay Area Funeral Society
P. O. Box 264
Berkeley                             CA     94701
510-841-6653
[email protected]
http://www.meer.net/users/taylor/fmps.htm
A non-profit organization concerned with preplanning for funeral or
memorial arrangements in San Francisco, Marin, Alameda, and Contra
Costa counties.  It is not a for-profit mortuary or a prepayment plan.
It seeks to enable consumers to make wise decisions about funeral
planning in advance of need.  Members may make plans in advance,
select a mortuary from a list of contracting mortuaries, obtain price
survey information, keep planning records on file with the society,
and obtain information about living wills, durable power of attorney,
practical concerns with death, and other topics.   Connected with a
network of about 150 similar societies in the US and Canada; if you
move or die while travelling your plans can be carried out by another
society (some local societies have a small fee to transfer a
membership).  National headquarters is in Vermont (FAMSA).
Ernest Landauer, Executive Director

East Bay Center for Attitudinal Healing
P. O. Box 1974-447
Berkeley                             CA     94707
510-893-LOVE
Support programs for children, adults, family members, and friends
affected by grief or chronic/catastrophic illnesses. The center
supplements traditional health care and sponsors a number of
peer-facilitated support groups, educational workshops, and visits in
the community. Based on the work of Dr. Gerald Jampolsky, the Center
defines health as inner peace and healing as letting go of fear.
Alternate address is 7 Van Sicklen Place., Oakland CA 94610.

Genetic Support Group
2340 Ward Street, Suite 204
Berkeley                             CA     94705
510-845-4656
Ongoing open support group and individual or couples counseling for
parents who have terminated a pregnancy due to genetic abnormalities
in the fetus.  Group is facilitated by a psychologist and a genetic
counselor. Upon request can offer training workshops for health care
personnel, genetic counselors, and other groups.  Group is sponsored
by Kaiser, but you do not need to be a Kaiser member.
No fees.
Jeanne Menary, Ph.D., 510-845-4656
Ann Bourguignon, Genetic Counselor, 510-596-6755

Jewish Center
Northbrae Community Church
Berkeley                             CA     94708
510-845-9055
General grief groups for all persons in grief.  Also has an ongoing
cancer support group.
Sliding scale.

Namaste
P. O. Box 3680
Berkeley                             CA     94703
510-547-7702 24-hour voice mail
Emotional support peer counseling program for all persons in
bereavement or with catastrophic or life-threatening illnesses.
Individual peer counseling at home, in the hospital, or as arranged.
Clients are matched with volunteers on a one-on-one basis to provide
peer emotional support.  Non-denominational program with no specific
religious focus.  The word Namaste is Sanskrit for "I honor the spirit
within you."
All services are free.
Les Fram

Pacific Center for Human Growth
2712 Telegraph Ave.
Berkeley                             CA     94705
510-548-2192
Bereavement peer support for lesbians and gay men.

Senior Medi-Benefits
3195 Adeline Street, P.O. Box 3435
Berkeley					 CA	   94703
510-420-0550
415-258-9311
Assists people with Medicare and/or Medi-Cal eligibility and other
health insurance billing and claims.  

Support After Neo-Natal Death (SAND) - Alta Bates Chapter
Alta Bates Medical Center
2450 Ashby Avenue
Berkeley                             CA     94705
510-204-1571 (24-hour message machine);   510-540-1571
Serves parents who have lost a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth or
other infant death.  Professionally facilitated support groups for
parents on first and third Wednesdays from 7 to 9 pm.  24 hour
telephone counseling.  Crisis consultation. Resource library.

Women's Cancer Resource Center
3023 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley                             CA      94705
510-524-2918; 510-548-9272
Support group for family and friends of people with cancer.
No fees.
Rachel Clark

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Bolinas                              CA
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Commonweal
P.O. Box 316
Bolinas                              CA      95816
415-868-0970
Provides a Cancer Help Program for people with cancer
and members of their families or close friends. Commonweal
is dedicated to helping people who are searching for
physical, mental, emotional and/or spiritual healing in
the face of cancer.

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Brentwood                            CA
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Awakening
A Center for Exploring Living and Dying
9701 Deer Valley Road
Brentwood					 CA	  94513
925-755-8822
Counseling for individuals and couples, and group support. 
Spiritual explorations of how pain and loss transform our lives.  

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Brisbane                             CA
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Comprehensive Community Home Health and Hospice
150 North Hill Drive, #20
Brisbane                             CA     94005
415-330-3333
415-330-3321 fax
[email protected]
http://www.homehealthandhospice.com
In-home skilled nursing supportive services and home hospice care.
Sliding fee scale.
Pie Hernandez, Executive Director

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Burlingame                           CA
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Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention - San Mateo
1860 El Camino Real, Suite 400
Burlingame                           CA       94010
650-692-6662 (business office); 650-692-6655 (crisis line)
650-652-9745 fax
Crisis line provides referrals to grief support programs in San 
Mateo County.  Also provides in-person counseling including grief
support through its counseling clinic.  For grief referrals call 
the crisis line.  For in-person counseling call the business office.
Crisis line is free; clinic has sliding scale down to $15 per
session.  Also offers a weekly Survivors of Suicide Group (S.O.S.).

Home Health Plus Hospice
1 Bay Plaza
Burlingame                           CA     94010
800-794-2979
650-573-1397 fax
A national provider for in-home and contract skilled hospice nursing
care serving the entire Bay Area.  Provides one year of individual
bereavement followup for client familes.  Has an active public
education unit that provides training on hospice issues for the
general public and health care professionals.
Medicare certified.

Menninger Senior Day Program
1720 El Camino Real, #10
Burlingame					 CA	  94010
650-696-3641
For treatment with depression, anxiety and/or chemical dependency.  
Accepts Medicare and/or Medi-Cal.  

Mills-Peninsula Senior Focus Adult Day Health Center
Alzheimer's Day Care Resource Center
1720 El Camino Real, #10
Burlingame					 CA	  94010
650-696-3660
Accepts Medicare and/or Medi-Cal.  

Poplar ReCare
1764 Marco Polo Way
Burlingame					 CA	  94010
Day Break  650-259-8539
Senior Program  650-259-8542
For people with developmental disabilities.  

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Campbell                             CA
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AdvoLife
910 Campisi Way
Campbell					 CA	  95008
800-417-1897

American Cancer Society
1715 S. Bascom Ave., #100
Campbell, CA 95008
408-879-1032
408-879-1031 (fax)
Provides information and education for the public about cancer.
Provides support groups, limited transportation, medical equipment,
and patient advocacy.  Home Care Program offers short-term in-home
assistance (4-6 weeks) for cancer patients meeting financial 
eligibility.  Skilled nursing care is not included.  This program
can also provide some respite hours for the caregiver.  A medical
referral from a doctor is required.  

American Diabetes Association of Santa Clara County
1475 S. Bascom Ave.
Campbell, CA 95008
408-369-2244
Provides information and education for the general public on
diabetes.  

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Castro Valley                        CA
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Crisis Support Services of Alameda County
21636 Redwood Rd
Castro Valley, CA 94546
Crisis Hotline: 800-309-2131 
Business office: 510-420-2460
Grief and Senior Counselling: 800-260-0094 
www.crisissupport.org
Provides suicide prevention services and grief counselling.
Offers weekly support groups, including support for suicide survivors.
Suicide survivors group meets weekly.
Phone crisis counselling is not limited to suicide.
Serves Alameda County.

East Bay Cancer Support Group
20080 Redwood Road
Castro Valley				 CA	  94546
510-889-8766
http://www.ebcancersupport.org
Support group for people who are living with cancer, their
caregivers, and the bereaved.

Support After Infant & Pregnancy Loss (SAIL)
Eden Hospital Medical Center
20103 Lake Chabot Road
Castro Valley                        CA     94546
510-537-1234 ext. 5043; 510-889-5043
Individual counseling and monthly support group for parents who have
lost a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth, or other infant death.
Hospital visits.  Telephone support.  Resource library.
Norma Guerra
Cathy Russo

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Colma                                CA
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Cypress Lawn Memorial Park
1370 El Camino Real
Colma                                CA     94014
415-755-0580 ext. 239
415-994-3317 fax
Provides information to recently bereaved families who have had recent
interments at Cypress Lawn. Information includes self-help pamphlets
on bereavement, referrals to local bereavement support services,
Social Security and Veteran's Administration contact information, and
information on cemetery policies.  Visits may take place within the
first week after interment at the home of the family member. These
visits may include discussions on pre-need arrangements for surviving
family members.
No fees for cemetery clients.
Allan Goodmanson, Family Service Manager

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Concord                              CA
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AIDS Project of Contra Costa
2280 Diamond Boulevard, #350
Concord                              CA     94520
510-356-2437
Serves persons affected by HIV and their loved ones.  Individual peer
and family counseling.  Weekly peer facilitated support groups.
Crisis and telephone consultation.  Information and referral services.

Bereavement Coordinators of Northern California
2051 Harrison Street
attn: Judi Baltzo
Concord                              CA     94520
510-609-1841 fax
A informal networking organization for hospice bereavement program
coordinators associated with Northern California hospices.  Meets
quarterly.  To get involved with the group, call one of the contact
people.
No fees to participate.
Judi Baltzo 510-609-1830
Gail Bigelow 415-750-6800 x21679
Joanie Seidel 707-258-9080

Diablo Valley AIDS Center
P. O. Box 295
Concord                              CA     94522
510-686-DVAC
Serves persons affected by HIV.  Peer individual and professional
counseling, on-site and at home.  Weekly peer facilitated support
groups.  Crisis and telephone consultation.  Resource library.
Information and referral services.

Hospice of Contra Costa
2051 Harrison Street
Concord                              CA     94520
925-609-1830
925-609-1841 fax
< http://www.best.com/~hospice/ >
Hospice services for anyone dying of end-stage illness.  Pediatric
hospice program is called Comfort for Kids for terminally ill children
or teens. Circle of Care Program is for people living with HIV who are
not in hospice but need psychosocial, spiritual, and grief support.
Individual peer counseling for hospice families and some grief therapy
for hospice families.  Grief support groups run by licensed
professionals are open to the general public. Will provide limited
phone counseling and referral information. Resource library for
hospice families.  Education on end of life issues for the workplace,
health care professionals, and the community at large.
No fees regardless of ability to pay.
Judi Baltzo, Bereavement Program Coordinator
Jennifer Timmer, Circle of Care Program
Diane Coughlin, RN, Comfort for Kids
Nancy Huvelle, RN, General Information

Mt. Diablo Medical Center
Grief Support Services
2540 East Street
Concord                              CA     94520
925-674-2133
Serves all persons in grief.  Offers professionally facilitated and
peer facilitated support groups, and a Grief Correspondence Program
which provides a series of letters that are sent to a bereaved person
each month for a year following a death. Also provides information and
referral services.
Sliding scale fees and donations.
Rev. Michael Hertz, Director of Pastoral Care

Support After Neo-Natal Death (SAND) - Mt. Diablo
Mt. Diablo Medical Center
2540 East Street
Concord                              CA     94524-4110
510-674-2046 (24 hour message machine)
Serves parents who have lost a baby through miscarriage, 
stillbirth or other infant death. Bi-weekly professionally 
facilitated support groups for parents.  24 hour telephone 
counseling. Crisis consultation. Resource library.

Sutter VNA & Hospice
1900 Bates Ave., Suite A
Concord, CA 94520
925-677-4240
Home care and hospice services provided in Alameda, Contra Costa,
San Mateo, Solano, Sonoma, and other Northern California counties.
VNA & Hospice provides hospice care for patients and their families
from five local offices in Emeryville, Santa Rosa, San Mateo,
Concord, and San Leandro.  Services include: care at home, at
skilled nursing facilities, and at residential care facilities;
pain management and symptom control; 24-hour phone consultation;
after-hour emergency visits; medical social workers; personal care,
massage therapy; chaplains, volunteer services; respite care; 
bereavement support; information and referral services; crisis
consultation; and community education services.  Bereavement
programs serve all persons in grief with professional individual
and family counseling, support groups, and other programs.  Prior
to October 1, 2000, the agency's name was "VNA & Hospice of Northern
California."

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Contra Costa County                  CA
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Contra Costa Crisis Center
Grief Counseling Program
P. O. Box 3364
Walnut Creek                         CA     94598
800-837-1818  (24-hour grief line)
800-549-8111  (Spanish-speaking grief line)
Website: crisis-center.org
Individual counseling at home or office and grief support groups in 
Pittsburg, Richmond, San Pablo, Walnut Creek, and various schools
throughout Contra Costa County.  Groups for children, teens, adults,
bereaved parents, family death, and greiving partners.  Crisis 
response team available to assist schools, businesses, and community
groups following a death.  Newsletter, information and referral, and
24-hour grief line offered.  Spanish-speaking counselors available.
Also offers a Survivors After Suicide Support Group (SAS) that meets
only in Walnut Creek.  The SAS group is for family and friends of a
person who has died by suicide.  It follows a cohort model in which
groups form periodically;  new groups start in September and in January
through May.  Call to sign up; not a drop-in group.   Groups are free.
Serves Contra Costa County but takes people from other areas if they
wish to come to Walnut Creek for meetings.

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Corte Madera                         CA
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Hospice of Marin, Inc. (Hospice Facility)
150 Nellen Avenue
Corte Madera, CA 94925
415-927-2273
Home-based support services for hospice patients and their families.

Hospice of Marin Foundation
21 Tamal Vista Blvd., Suite 101
Corte Madera, CA 94925
415-927-2273
Provides financial support for Hospice of Marin, Inc., which is the
hospice facility proper.  Conducts community liaison activities and
educational programs for the general public to make them aware of
hospice services and end of life issues in general.

Senior Access
Marin Alzheimer's Center
50 El Camino Drive
Corte Madera, CA 94925
415-945-9329
Day care programs for frail and/or disabled adults or people with
Alzheimer's disease: hot lunch, health assessment, nursing and
social services; physical, occupational and speech therapies; 
exercise, social and recreational activities; support and respite
for people who care for participants.  Fees are based on income,
or Medi-Cal accepted. 

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Cotati                               CA
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Redwood Funeral Society
PO Box 7501
Cotati                               CA     94931
707-795-7104
707-795-7820 fax
[email protected]
http://www.funeral.org
A non-profit organization concerned with preplanning for funeral or
memorial arrangements in North Bay counties.  It is not a for-profit
mortuary or a prepayment plan.  It seeks to enable consumers to make
wise decisions about funeral planning in advance of need.  Members may
make plans in advance, select a mortuary from an approved list, obtain
price survey information, keep planning records on file with the
society, and obtain information about living wills, durable power of
attorney, grief counseling, and other topics.   Also has a speakers
bureau.  Connected with a network of about 150 similar societies in
the US and Canada. If you move or die while travelling your plans can
be carried out by another society. Some local societies have a small
fee to transfer a membership.  National headquarters is in Connecticut
(FAMSA).
$30 one-time fee; no transfer fee.
Karen Leonard, Executive Director
Ann Tompkins, Vice-President

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Cupertino                            CA
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Cupertino Senior Day Services
20920 McClellan Rd., P.O. Box 622
Cupertino, CA 95015
408-973-0905
Offers social and recreational activities.  Special financial
arrangements can be made.  Other languages: Mandarin, Tagalog, Ilocano.

Sunny View Senior Services
22445 Cupertino Road
Cupertino, CA 95014
408-253-4300 ext.63
408-255-6015 (fax)
An experienced service Coordinator will provide initial assessment
and home safety evaluation, and schedule all services that are
needed.  There is a yearly membership fee and this service is for
older adults living within a 15 mile radius of hte Sunny View
Lutheran Home.  Hours: M-F 8:30am - 5pm.  

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Daly City                            CA
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Care Resource
375 So. Mayfair Avenue, Ste. 270
Daly City					CA	  94015
650-301-3270

Home Health Plus Hospice
333 Gellert Blvd., Suite 113
Daly City					CA	  94015
800-794-2979
Accepts Medicare and/or Medi-Cal.  

Nurse Providers
355 Gellert Blvd., Suite 152
Daly City					 CA	  94015
650-992-8559
Skilled nursing and hospice care.

Nurse Providers Home Health Services
355 Gellert Blvd., Suite 150
Daly City					 CA	  94015
650-992-5820
Accepts Medicare and/or Medi-Cal.  
	
Seton Medical Center
Bereavement Services
1900 Sullivan Ave.
Daly City					 CA	  94015
415-991-6828
8-week daytime program for anyone who has experienced the loss of a
loved one.  Not limited to persons who have received care from 
Seton Medical Center.  Free program, donations suggested. 
Sr. Margarite Apostolo, Grief Coordinator

West Bay Home Health and Community Services
1784 Sullivan Avenue
Daly City					 CA	  94015
650-991-6680
Accepts Medicare and/or Medi-Cal.  
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Discovery Bay                        CA
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Delta Community Presbyterian Church
Grief Relief Program
1900 Willow Lake Road
Discovery Bay				 CA	  94514
925-513-0356
Grief support group open to anyone after any type of death.  
Individual counseling also available.  

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Dublin                               CA
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Hope Hospice
6500 Dublin Boulevard, Suite 100
Dublin                               CA     94568
925-829-8770
925-829-0868 fax
Home hospice and home health services in the Tri-Valley area. The
Bereavement Support Program is open to the entire community and
provides individual peer and professional counseling, on-site and at
home.  Bi-monthly professional and peer-facilitated support groups.
Crisis consultation.  Telephone counseling.  Resource library.
Information and referral services. They have a six-week children's
bereavement program for those aged 5 to 18 that is offered four times
a year.  Offers an eight-week hospice training course for
professionals and the public once a year in the Fall. Can handle AIDS
clients.
Bereavement counseling is on a donation basis.
Doris Felton, Bereavement Coordinator
Joan Alford, Nursing Care Coordinator

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El Sobrante                          CA
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Widowed Person's Support Group
El Sobrante United Methodist Church
670 Appian Way
El Sobrante                          CA     94803
510-223-0790
Monthly professionally facilitated support groups for widows and
widowers. Crisis consultation. Monthly social dinner and program.
Information and referral services.
Rev. David Schlager (or Shrader)

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Emeryville                           CA
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Sutter VNA & Hospice
1900 Powell St., Suite 300
Emeryville, CA 94608
800-698-1273 general information
888-600-7744 24-hour hospice information
510-653-8532 fax
Home care and hospice services provided in Alameda, Contra Costa,
San Mateo, Solano, Sonoma, and other Northern California counties.
VNA & Hospice provides hospice care for patients and their 
families from five local offices in Emeryville, Santa Rosa,
San Mateo, Concord, and San Leandro.  Services include: care at 
home, at skilled nursing facilities, and at residential care
facilities; pain management and symptom control; 24-hour phone
consultation; after-hour emergency visits; medical social workers;
personal care, massage therapy; chaplains, volunteer services; 
respite care; bereavement support; information and referral 
services; crisis consultation; and community education services.
Bereavement programs serve all persons in grief with professional 
individual and family counseling, support groups, and other 
programs.  Prior to October 1, 2000, the agency's name was
"VNA & Hospice of Northern California."

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Living/Dying Project
PO Box 357
Fairfax CA 94978
415-456-3915
[email protected]
The Living/Dying Project, originally called the Dying Project, 
was founded in 1977 in Santa Cruz, California by Stephen Levine
and was part of Ram Dass' Hanuman Foundation. The Living/Dying 
Project is part of the conscious dying movement in the West. The
project offers individual client support services for Marin and
Alameda county. Also provides educational programs and training
for health care providers.  Free.
Dale Borglum, Executive Director

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Families and Friends of Murder Victims, Inc.
P. O. Box 515
Fairfield                            CA     94533
510-932-6753
510-256-4292 fax
Individual peer counseling for parents, families, and friends of
murdered children and adults.  Monthly peer facilitated support
groups.  Resource library and referral services. Chapters in Pleasant
Hill, Oakland, and Fairfield.
Free service.
JoAnn Benford
Jean and Jack O'Hara 510-932-6753

North Bay Hospice
1101 B. Gale Wilson Blvd., Suite 307
Fairfield                            CA     94533
707-429-7758
Hospice and bereavement services.
Tina Fennell

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Fremont                              CA
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Community Counseling and Education Center
39355 California St., Suite 100
Fremont                              CA     94538
510-792-4964
Individual support for chronic illness, dying, and grief.  Counseling
provided by interns.
Sliding scale, $20-$50 per session.

Evangelical Free Church
Grief Group
505 Driscoll Road
Fremont					 CA	  94539
510-791-7964 (grief group)
510-651-2030 (church)
A weekly grief support group for loss of any type.  Drop-ins are
welcome.  

HAND of Fremont
Washington Hospital
2000 Mowry Ave.
Fremont                              CA     94538
800-963-7070
HAND is a volunteer group of parents who have experienced the loss of
a baby before, during, or after birth. HAND's objective is to offer
support for parents, their relatives and friends during the normal
mourning following the stillbirth or newborn death of their babies.

Mission AIDS
P. O. Box 1733
Fremont                              CA     94538
510-438-0422
Serves persons affected by HIV and their caregivers.  Provides
referrals to professional, individual, and group counseling.

St. Vincent's Home Health and Hospice, Inc.
39245 Liberty St., Suite D-8
Fremont                              CA     94538
510-713-7888
510-713-7894 fax
[email protected]
http://www.homehealthandhospice.com
Home care and skilled nursing facility for hospice care.  Bereavement
Followup for hospice families for one year.
Medicare certified.

Thornton Avenue Baptist Church
Bereavement Support Group
4500 Thornton Avenue
Fremont                              CA     94536
510-797-7910
Drop in weekly support groups for all persons in grief.  Information
and referral services.
Margaret Roletto

Washington Hospital
Social Services Department
38719 Stevers Street
Fremont                              CA     94538
510-797-1111, ext. 4365
Serves all persons in grief with weekly professionally facilitated
support groups.  Eight week series several times a year.  Crisis
consultation.  Information and referral services.
Jon Palley 510-797-1111, ext. 4365
Ginny Rockefeller

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Fulton                               CA
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Indian Health Project Dining Site
Filipino Community Center
3361 Fulton Rd.
Fulton, CA 95439
Provides a hot meal for seniors over sixty once a day, Monday
through Friday.  Reservations must be made at least one day in
advance.  Donations of $2.50 are encouraged.  Serves meal at
12:00 noon, Monday through Friday.  

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Live Oak Adult Services
651 West 6th St.
Gilroy, CA 95020
408-847-5491
Provides a day care program of recreational and social activities
for frail/disabled seniors and respite for their caregivers.  
Sliding scale fee.  Other languages: Spanish.  Hours: M-F 
8:30am - 3pm.

Medicare
408-842-4485
408-345-4532

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Greenbrae                            CA
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Senior Partial Care
Marin General Hospital
250 Bon Air Road
Greenbrae, CA 94904
415-925-7679
A time-limited day care program designed for those 55 and over who 
are dealing with loss, inactivity or despair.  

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Gualala                              CA
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Redwood Coast Medical Services
46900 Ocean Drive
Gualala, CA 95445
707-884-4005

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Guerneville                          CA
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Russian River Senior Center
15010 Armstrong Woods Rd.
Guerneville, CA 95446
707-869-0618

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Coastside Adult Day Health Center
645 Correas Street
Half Moon Bay				 CA     94019
650-726-5067
Accepts Medicare and/or Medi-Cal.  

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St. Rose Hospital
Grief Recovery Group
27200 Calaroga Avenue
Hayward                              CA     94545
510-264-4050;  510-782-6200, ext. 2278
Offers six-week bereavement support groups three or four times a year.
Chaplain Sally Hussey

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Healdsburg                           CA
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Alliance Medical Center
619 Center Street
Healdsburg, CA 95448
707-433-2013

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Hollister Resource Center
342 5th St.
Hollister, CA 95023
831-637-0611
[email protected]  (e-mail)
Provides information and individual support for those confronting
a life-threatening illness and group support for the bereaved.  

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Lafayette                            CA
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Alzheimer's Association of the East Bay
251 Lafayette Circle, Ste. 350
Lafayette, CA 94549
925-284-7942
800-660-1993 (Helpline)
Provides information and education for five Bay Area counties
regarding Alzheimer's Disease, including a Helpline and support
groups.  

Contact Care
P. O. Box 901
Lafayette                            CA     94549
510-284-2273 (24 hours)
24-hour help line and information and referral services for people
in Contra Costa county.  Keeps track of general resources including
medical and mental health, parental stress, grief and bereavement,
terminal illness, and other issues.  No counselling is provided on 
the phone.  Free service.

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Larkspur                             CA
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Marin Medical Society
5 Bon Air Rd., #106
Larkspur, CA 94939
415-924-3891
Provides referral to physicians, receives complaints about member
doctors; refers as appropriate to doctors accepting Medi-Cal.  

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Mid-Peninsula Widows and Widowers Association
Los Altos Lutheran Church
460 S. El Monte Ave.
Los Altos, CA 94022
650-964-2612
408-747-0324
Meets every Tuesday at 7:30pm.  

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Los Gatos                            CA
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Live Oak Adult Services
19 High School Court
Los Gato, CA 95032
408-354-4782
408-354-6648 (fax)
Provides a day care program of recreational and social activities
for frail/disabled seniors and respite for their caregivers.  
Sliding scale fee.  Other languages: Spanish.  Hours: M-F 
9am - 3pm; Office hours: M-F 8:30am - 5pm.

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Alzheimer's Support Group
415-499-7452
Sponsored by Marin Community Health.

American Speech, Language and Hearing Association
800-638-8255
Information and referrals for speech, language and hearing disorders.  

Department of Health and Human Services
Division of Public Social Services (Social Workers)
415-499-7175

Department of Health and Human Services
Medi-Cal
415-499-7084
Federal/state funded medical assistance program which provides
benefits to qualifying low-income persons.  

Elder's Circle
415-331-6161
A support group for older adults.

Family Service Agency
415-456-3853
Support group for older adults; retirement adjustment group.

Mended Hearts
415-461-7433
Heart patients support groups.

National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers
520-881-8008
Geriatric care management information.  

Parkinson's Disease Support Group
415-488-9137

Senior Access Caregiver Support Groups
415-897-6884

Spectrum Center
415-457-1115
Support groups for older adults, gay, lesbian or bisexual
individuals.

Stroke Associates of Marin Support Groups
415-485-9406

Sutter Health Resource Center
800-234-4849
Nurses answer questions regarding medical concerns and aging issues.

Vision Loss Support Group
415-893-7940
Sponsored by the Margaret Todd Senior Center and the Peer
Counseling Program of Older Adult Services; info sharing and
support group.

Widow and Widowers Support Group
415-893-7940
Sponsored by the Margaret Todd Senior Center and the Peer
Counseling Program of Older Adult Services; info sharing and
support group.

Widowed Persons Association of California
415-883-5153

World Share Pharmacy
800-542-1110
Non-profit organization discount pharmacy by mail; free price
quotes.

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Menlo Park                           CA
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Comprehensive Community Home Health and Hospice, Inc.
530 Oak Grove Road, Suite 105
Menlo Park                           CA     94025
415-688-1999
415-688-0698 fax
[email protected]
http://www.homehealthandhospice.com
Medicare certified.
Mary Hammock, Office Manager

Department of Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System
Hospice Care Program
795 Willow Road, Bldg. 331C
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Must be a veteran with an honorable discharge.

Rosener House 
1060 Middle Avenue
Menlo Park, CA 94025
650-322-0126
650-322-4067 (fax)
[email protected] (e-mail)
Day support program for older adults who have memory or sensory
loss, mobility limitations,loneliness or in need of socialization.
Health and support services are available.  Hot lunches/snacks. 
Other languages: Spanish.  Hours: M-F 8am - 5:30pm.  

Stone-Quarre Medical Claims Management
P.O. Box 6
Menlo Park					 CA	  94026

Veterans Administration Hospice Program
VA Hospital
3801 Miranda Avenue
Menlo Park, CA 94004
650-493-5000 ext.7191
Serves honorably discharged veterans.  Prognosis determines
admission.  

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Merced                                CA
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MISS Foundation - Merced Chapter
Merced, CA
Support group for pregnancy loss, stillborn, misscarriage,
and infant loss.
209-725-9241 
http://lotz.homedns.org/missmerced/

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Mipitas                              CA
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Regional Medical Senior Health Center
882 North Hillview Drive
Milpitas, CA 95035
408-941-2004
Comprehensive medical care for seniors, including primary care
and consultative care delivered by certified geriatricians and a
geriatric nurse practitioner.  Medical services include geriatric
assessment, dementia evaluation, cognitive testing, and routine
healthcare.  Social services, nutritional counseling, podiatry,
medication counseling, health seminars and information also
available.  Must be 65+ and have Medicare.  Other languages: 
Spanish.  Hours: M-F 8:30pm - 5pm.  

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Monterey                             CA
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Alliance on Aging 
2200 Garden Rd.
Monterey, CA 93940
831-646-1458; 831-758-2811
Administrative offices for the following community programs: 
Senior AIDES (Senior Employment Services); Information, Referral
& Assistance; Friendly Visitor Program; Health Insurance 
Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP); Senior Homeshare Program;
Tax counseling for the elderly; Senior Peer Counseling.  

Alzheimer's Association/Monterey County Chapter
2700 Garden Rd.
Monterey, CA 93940
831-647-9890; 831-757-0531; 831-385-8813
A not for profit organization dedicated to providing education, 
information, and supportive services to families, and others 
caring for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related 
dementias, and advocacy on their behalf.  

HIV/AIDS Education and Prevention
Monterey County Health Department
1200 Aguajito Rd.
Monterey, CA 93940 
831-647-7932
HIV/AIDS education, information, and consultation to community 
member groups and agencies.

Hospice of the Central Coast/CHOMP
100 Barnet Segal Lane
Monterey, CA 93940
831-648-7744; 800-452-5500
http://www.chomp.org
Hospice is a team of medical professionals and trained 
volunteers, who provide a wide range of services to patients
and families who are facing life-limiting diagnoses.  Emphasis
is on keeping patients at home whether they continue to pursue
aggressive treatment or are focusing on comfort measures.  
Services include skilled nursing care, symptom and pain management,
medical social services, chaplaincy, home health aides, pharmacy,
support groups, volunteer support and a free library (open to 
public).

Monterey Peninsula Resource Center at Hospice House
100 Barnet Segal Lane
Monterey, CA 93940
831-649-1772

Visiting Nurse Association Adult Day Care Center 
Hilltop Park Center
831 Jessie St.
Monterey, CA 93940
831-646-3975
Provides services for older adults suffering from varying degrees
of dementia and/or physical frailness.  Focus is to retard 
deterioration through purposeful activities and socialization.  
Also provides respite for caregivers.  

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American Diabetes Association
Salinas  831-757-4646; 831-373-1384
http://www.diabetes.org
Provides free education and support services for people with
diabetes as well as for the general public.  This includes an 
adult support group, parent support group, young adult support
group.  Literature available to anyone requesting it. Volunteers
are used in all aspects of our agency--education, office work,
fund raising, publicity and public education.

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Alzheimer's Association of the Greater San Francisco Bay Area
2065 El Camino Real, Ste. C
Mountain View, CA 94040
650-962-8111
800-660-1993 (Helpline)
Provides information and education for five Bay Area counties
regarding Alzheimer's Disease, including a Helpline and support
groups.  

Older Adult Resource Center
El Camino Hospital
La Casa Real
2400 Hospital Dr.
Mountain View, CA 94040
650-988-7622
650-940-7174 (fax)
Large health library is free and open to the public.  Includes
medical texts, books and journals, health newsletters, videotapes,
magazines, computerized health reference library and access to 
the internet.  Series of health education seminars throughout the
year featuring health professionals.  Hours: M-F 8am - 4:30pm.  

Senior-Care
Community Services Agency of Mountain View & Los Altos
204 Stierlin Road
Mountain View, CA 94043
650-968-0851
650-968-0836
Services are for seniors 60+.  Offers temporary volunteer help 
such as grocery shopping, escorted transportation, meal
preparation and socialization.  This is a service of last resort
for persons who need temporary help immediately.  Limited 
geographic service area.  Call for information.  

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Comprehensive Home Health Of Marin
Our Lady Of Peace Hospice, Inc.
100 Medical Plaza Circle
Novato                               CA     94948
415-899-1050
415-899-1055 fax
[email protected]
http://www.homehealthandhospice.com
Medicare certified.
Susan Jacobson, RN, Director Of Operations

Novato Human Needs Center
1907 Novato Blvd.
Novato, CA 94947
415-897-4147
Transportation for Novato seniors. 

Senior Access
Novato Center
1905 Novato Blvd.
Novato, CA 94947
415-897-6884
Day care programs for frail and/or disabled adults or people with
Alzheimer's disease: hot lunch, health assessment, nursing and
social services; physical, occupational and speech therapies; 
exercise, social and recreational activities; support and respite
for people who care for participants.  Fees are based on income,
or Medi-Cal accepted.

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Oakland                              CA
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AIDS Project of the East Bay
651 - 20th Street
Oakland                              CA     94612
510-834-8181
510-834-0442 fax
Provides individual case management services for persons with
AIDS/HIV.  Bereavement support groups are being developed.  Can
provide referrals for home care.  Has a speakers bureau.
Free service.



Catholic Charities of Oakland
AIDS/HIV Services
433 Jefferson Street
Oakland                              CA     94607
510-768-3119
Grief counseling for people with AIDS/HIV and families who have
lost someone to AIDS.  Pastoral and professional counseling for 
individuals and long-term support on-site and at home.  Funeral 
assistance, telephone support, and informational and referral
services.  

Center for AIDS Services
5720 Shattuck Avenue
Oakland                              CA     94609
510-655-3435
Serves persons affected by HIV.  Pastoral counseling, support groups,
crisis consultation, information and referral services.

Compassion and Choices of Northern California
Seeks to educate and empower terminally-ill individuals and their families about
their rights to a dignified, humane, and peaceful death with a focus on comfort care
and pain management.  Their parent organization is the national organization
Compassion and Choices (www.compassionandchoices.org).
510-531-4846
866-825-8967
http://www.compassionandchoicesnca.org

Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California
1624 Franklin St., Ste. 900
Oakland, CA 94612
800-632-3532

Huntington's Disease Society of America
1012 Galvin St.
Oakland, CA 94602
888-828-7343

Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center
Hospice Program
280 West MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland                              CA     94611
510-596-6390
510-596-6771 fax
Hospice services and bereavement support for Kaiser members and their
families.  Additional bereavement services are also provided by the
Department of Psychiatry (510-596-1075).

Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center
Department of Psychiatry
280 West MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland                              CA     94611
510-596-1075
510-596-6845 fax
Provides bereavement services for Kaiser members and their families.
Dr. Peter Ryan

National Brain Tumor Foundation
414 13th Street, Suite 700
Oakland, CA  94612
510-839-9777
510-839-9779 fax
http://www.braintumor.org

National Multiple Sclerosis Society (Northern Chapter)
150 Grand Ave.
Oakland, CA 94612
510-268-0572; 800-344-4867
Provides accurate information and programs relating to all 
aspects of multiple sclerosis.  

Pathways Home Health, Hospice and Private Duty
333 Hegenberger Road, Suite 700
Oakland, CA 94621
1-800-900-0811 toll free telephone
510-632-4390 telephone
www.pathwayshealth.org

A local not-for-profit hospice agency since 1977.  Dedicated to 
providing hospice services to residents of San Francisco,
San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda and Contra Costa counties.  
Hospice team includes patient's physician, nurse care manager,
medical social worker, pastoral care counselor, home health aide
and other specially trained staff and volunteers as needed.  7
days a week, 24 hours a day.  Group and individual bereavement
support provided.  Medicare certified.  Charitable funds 
available for patients with limited resources.  

PediatriCare
2540 Charleston Street
Oakland, CA 94602
510-531-7551
510-531-0691 fax
http://www.ebac.org
Serves children and families who are coping with bereavement or
life-threatening illness, including HIV disease and cancer.  Offers
one group specifically for HIV-positive children and their siblings
who may or may not be infected. HIV-positive persons may also
participate in all other agency services.  Ongoing professionally
facilitated support groups for children (ages 5 to 17) and parents
meet every other week in both Oakland and Walnut Creek in the
evening.  Crisis consultation.  Information and referral services. 
Volunteers and mental health professional student interns are 
availalbe for individual support for children and their families.  
Counseling is offered both in people's homes and in the agency
office.  A program of East Bay Agency for Children.  Professional
training is available through internships.  Can provide in-service
training sessions upon request.  Sliding scale fees, no one is
turned away.  
Gwenn Silva, Program Director

St. Vincent's Home Health And Hospice Of The Pacific
2490 Summit Street, 2nd floor
Oakland                              CA     94609
510-433-0290
510-433-0470 fax
[email protected]
http://www.homehealthandhospice.com
Medicare certified.

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Alliance (SIDS)
Children's Hospital Medical Center
747 - 52nd Street
Oakland                              CA     94609
510-428-3297
Serves families and friends impacted by Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
(SIDS).  Offers individual peer counseling and monthly peer
facilitated support groups in Walnut Creek and Newark. Serves San
Francisco, Contra Costa, and Alameda counties.

Summit Medical Center
Bereavement Support
350 Hawthorne Ave.
Oakland                              CA     94609
510-869-6784
Weekly bereavement support group.
Sister Anne Simms

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Occidental Area Health Center
3802 Main Street
Occidental, CA 95465
707-874-2444

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Meals on Wheels of the Monterey Peninsula, Inc.
700 Jewell Ave.
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
831-375-4454
831-375-9887 (fax)
[email protected]  (e-mail)
Provide home delivered meals to senior and disabled members of the 
Monterey Peninsula.  Criteria: Inability to shop and cook for 
oneself.  Congregate lunch programs--noon meal to seniors at Griffin
Senior Center, Monterey Senior, Oldemeyer Center, Alzheimer's Day
Care Resource Center, SHARE, and Marina Community Center.  Senior
Center activities, services, classes and information.  

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Palo Alto                            CA
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Alliance for Aging Independently
649 University Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94403
650-321-6736
650-321-7296 (fax)
[email protected] (e-mail)
Provides in-home care options and resources, home health aide
(HHA) registry for private hire.  HHA classes are available.  
Persons needing assistance, hires worker and negotiates salary.
Hours: M-T-W 9am - 4pm.  

Avenidas Senior Day Health Center (SDHC)
701 E. Meadow Dr.
Palo Alto, CA 94303
650-494-8018
Provides medical supervision and therapy in addition to social
and recreational programs.  Van transportation is provided by
the center.  Accepts Medi-Cal.  Hours: M-F 8am - 5pm.  

Funeral and Memorial Planning Society
463 College Avenue
P. O. Box 60448
Palo Alto                            CA     94306
650-321-2109
888-775-5553 (toll free)
http://www.meer.net/users/taylor/fmps.htm
A non-profit organization concerned with preplanning for funeral 
or memorial arrangements in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. 
It is not a for-profit mortuary or a prepayment plan.  It seeks
to enable consumers to make wise decisions about funeral planning 
in advance of need.  Members may make plans in advance, select a
mortuary from an approved list, obtain price survey information,
keep planning records on file with the society, and obtain 
information about living wills, durable power of attorney, grief
counseling, and other topics.   Also has a speakers bureau. 
Publishes two newsletter per year for members.  Connected with a
network of about 150 similar societies in the US and Canada; if
you move or die while travelling your plans can be carried out by
another society (some local societies have a small fee to transfer 
a membership).  National headquarters is in Connecticut (FAMSA).  
One-time fee of $30 per person.  Hours: M-Th 10am - 1pm.  

GRECC (Geriatric Research, Education, & Clinical Center)
VA PA Health Care System
3801 Miranda Bldg. 2 B1
Palo Alto, CA 94304
650-493-5000 ext.64578
650-496-2505 (fax)
Offers paid volunteer opportunities for women over 60 interested
in participating in research studies.  Benefits include complete
health work-up, potential for weight loss, increased muscle mass, 
and bone density, and nutrition education/information.  

Kara
457 Kingsley Avenue
Palo Alto                            CA     94301
650-321-5272
http://www.kara-grief.org
Kara is non-profit, largely volunteer organization which provides peer
counseling and other emotional support services for those who are
grieving.  Programs include one-on-one grief counseling for adults,
group support programs, bereavement classes in local schools, grief
crisis intervention to corporations and schools in cases of death or
terminal illness, a children's grief program for group support, 
professional training, and information and referral services.
No fees, but donations are encouraged.  Covers San Mateo and
Santa Clara counties primarily.  

Laurel Home Care, Inc.
451 Sherman Avenue, Ste. 105
Palo Alto					 CA	  94306
650-324-8381

Matched CareGivers
215 Town & Country Village
Palo Alto					 CA	  94301
650-321-2273

MidPeninsula Continuous Care Services
550 California Avenue, Ste. 101
Palo Alto					 CA	  94306
650-354-1674
650-354-1688 (fax)
Provides private duty licensed nursing, personal care and support
services on an hourly or live-in basis.  Private insurance and 
sliding scale available.  Hours: 24 hours.  

Stanford/VA Alzheimer's Center
VA PA Health Care System
3801 Miranda Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94304
650-858-3915
650-493-2914 (fax)
www-leland.stanford.edu/~yesavage/ALZHEIMER.html 
Provides information and referral services and comprehensive 
assessment of individuals with memory problems.  Includes 
neuropsychiatric and psychological evaluations as well as care
planning for families and caregivers.  Some testing done in
Spanish.  Hours:  M-F 8am - 4pm.  

Touchstone Support Network
378 Cambridge Ave, Suite K
Palo Alto                            CA     94306
650-328-4495 (Palo Alto), 408-365-1748 (San Jose)
[email protected]
http://www-med.stanford.edu/touchstone/
Touchstone Support Network is a non-profit, non-sectarian, volunteer
organization that provides emotional and practical support services
for children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses. Has meetings
in San Jose and Los Altos. Website includes links to pediatric
resources.
Free service.

VA Palo Alto Health Care System
Home Based Primary Care
3801 Miranda Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94304
650-493-5000 ext.62147
650-849-0103 (fax)
Provides comprehensive primary health care and case management 
to veterans in their homes.  Services provided include short-term
urgent care, long-term care, terminal care and care to facilitate
transition from an institutional setting to living in the community
independently.  Hours: M-F 8am - 4:30pm.  

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Compassionate Friends
Sonoma County Chapter
25 Douglas St.
Petaluma                             CA     94952
707-762-5533
[email protected]
A volunteer-based self-help group for bereaved parents. Offers monthly
peer facilitated support groups for bereaved parents and siblings.
Siblings should at least be in high school to participate.  Open to
calls from anywhere in Northern California.
Free program.

H.E.A.D/Help and Education for Alzheimer's and Dementia
P.O. Box 751525
Petaluma, CA 94975
707-795-0151
Provides counseling for families and caregivers dealing with 
Alzheimer's and other brain disorders.

Hospice of Petaluma
416 Payran
Petaluma, CA 94952
707-778-6242

New Vistas Senior Behavioral Health Care Program
Petaluma Valley Hospital
400 N. McDowell Blvd.
Petaluma, CA 94954
707-778-2772
An acute care psychiatric unit in Petaluma Valley Hospital.

Petaluma People Services Center
1500A Petaluma Blvd. South
Petaluma, CA 94952
707-765-8480

Petaluma People Services Center Dining Site 
Lucchesi Park Senior Center
211 Novak Dr.
Petaluma, CA 94954
707-765-8484
Provides a hot meal for seniors over sixty once a day, Monday
through Friday.  Reservations must be made at least one day in
advance.  Donations of $2.50 are encouraged.  Serves meal at
1:30 pm, Monday through Friday.  

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Ann Martin Children's Center
1250 Grand Ave.
Piedmont                             CA     94610
510-655-7880
Bereaved children and widowed parents. Individual and  family
counseling.  Also offers counseling services to familes where there is
a serious or terminal illness.  Serves any family that can get to
their agency.
Sliding scale based on ability to pay.
Linda Cozzarelli, Coordinator of Bereavement Services

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Pinole Widow/Widowers Support Group
3249 Hermosa Street
Pinole                               CA     94564
510-758-5696
Peer-facilitated support group for widows and widowers.  Telephone
counseling.
Margaret Nadine Porto

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John F. Kennedy Community Counseling Center
380 Civic Drive, Suite 200
Pleasant Hill                        CA     94523
510-798-9240
Individual bereavement counseling.
Sliding scale fees, $8-$40.

Parents of Murdered Children, Inc., East Bay
P. O. Box 23948
Pleasant Hill                        CA     94523-0948
510-232-2798
Serves the parents, families and friends of murdered children and
adults.  Individual peer counseling.  Monthly peer facilitated support
groups. Crisis and telephone consultation. Resource library.
Information and referral services. Offers professional training
workshops at its annual national conference.  To find chapters in
other areas, call the national office at 513-721-5683.
Free service, donations accepted.
Evelyn McGann 510-232-2798

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HAND of Pleasanton
Valley Care Medical Center
5555 West Las Positas Blvd.
Pleasanton					 CA	  94588
925-373-4114
Weekly peer and professionally-led support group for parents
following the death of an infant, either late in pregnancy or 
shortly after birth.  Separate support group for parents who have
suffered a neonatal death and are pregnant again.

Kaiser Permanente Pleasanton Clinic
Bereavement Services
Conference Room E, Annex Building
Pleasanton                           CA
925-295-4730
Hospice services and bereavement support for members and family of
patients.
Dorothy Reagan

Tri-Valley Survivors of Suicide (SOS)
P.O. Box 565
Sunol, CA 94586
Support group for persons who are grieving the loss of a loved one
to suicide.  Meets once a month.  No fee. Serves the entire
Tri-Valley Area, including all of Alameda County and surrounding areas. 
Contact Persons:
Betty Dimmick, MFT, 925-829-4236
Shirley Kaminsky, RN, 925-872-5634

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West Marin Senior Services
11431 State Highway 1
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
415-663-8148
Provides support groups for caregivers and for people with cancer
and other life threatening diseases.  

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At Home Health Care
160-B Birch Street
Redwood City
650-368-1182				 CA	  94062
Accepts Medicare and/or Medi-Cal.				

Kaiser Permanente Medical Center
1150 Veterans Blvd.
Redwood					 CA	  94063
650-299-3208
Accepts Medicare and/or Medi-Cal.  

Kaiser Permanente Redwood City
Hospice Program
805 Veterans Blvd.
Redwood City				 CA     94063
650-299-3107
650-299-4061 fax
Provides in-home hospice care and bereavement services for Kaiser
members.  Provides a general bereavement support for the the
community not limited to Kaiser members.  Medicare certified and
part of Kaiser benefits.

Nursing Resources, Inc.
611 Veterans Blvd., #111
Redwood City				 CA	  94063
650-364-7652

Sierra Nursing Services
426 Upton Street
Redwood City				 CA	  94062
650-365-3644
Accepts Medicare and/or Medi-Cal.  

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Being Widowed - New Perspectives
Wilson & Kratzer Mortuaries
455 - 24th Street
Richmond                             CA     94804
510-232-4383; 510-228-4700
Offers professionally facilitated support groups for widows and
widowers several times a year.
Wendy Wilson Boyer

Familias Unidas
205 39th Street
Richmond					 CA	  94805
510-412-5930
Grief support for HIV patients.  Services provided in Spanish.

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Family and Community Counseling Services
5430 Commerce Blvd.
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
707-585-7778

Easter Seals Northern California, Inc.
5440 State Farm Dr.
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
707-584-1443

Parkinson's Support Group of Sonoma County
P.O. Box 1226
Rohnert Park, CA 94927
707-584-5072

Rohnert Park Health Center
1450 Medical Center Drive
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
707-584-0672

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California Hospice and Palliative Care Association
P.O. Box 160087
Sacramento                           CA     95816
916-441-3770
916-441-4720 fax
[email protected]
http://calhospice.org
Statewide hospice information resource.  Provides resource information
to the public and educational programs for hospice professionals.
Puts on an annual conference for hospice professionals.  Also offers
publications and audio casettes.  They are a private 501c3 nonprofit
agency.  Can provide bereavement referrals to hospice-based support
programs.  They have an AIDS committee that works with the HIV
community and offers continuing education that is AIDS-specific.
Offers fee-based memberships for institutions and individuals.  Web
Site includes an online hospice locator for California.

Pathology Support Services, Inc.
P. O. Box 163450
Sacramento, CA 95816-9450
916-732-2450
916-732-2458 fax
http://www.pssautopsy.com
An independent autopsy service providing services to families, hospitals,
forensic pathologists, government agencies, law firms, and insurance
companies, and other institutions.  PSS is not affiliated with any hospital
or health care provider.  Services include complete or partial autopsies,
independent review of previous autopsy findings,  organ recovery and tissue
collection for both research and litigation, wrongful death and toxic tort
investigations, and other types of consulting pathology.  Services can be
provided anywhere within the United States. 


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Adult Protective Services
Department of Social Services
1000 South Main St., Ste. 202
Salinas, CA 93901
831-755-8490; 831-647-7899
Adult Protective Services are those activities undertaken by social
work staff to provide immediate response, emergency and goal 
oriented services, and information and referral to dependent adults
and elderly persons in need of protection.  The goal of the program
is to prevent or remedy neglect, abuse, or exploitation of dependent
adults and elderly persons unable to protect their own interests. 

American Cancer Society
1184 Monroe St., Ste. 1
Salinas, CA 93906
831-442-2992; 831-372-4521
http://www.cancer.org
Education for the general public about cancer and its prevention.
Services for cancer patients and their families.  Information, 
support groups, education, transportation, rehabilitation visitors,
durable medical equipment for loan, some disposable dressings.

Area Agency on Aging
1000 South Main St., Ste. 202
Salinas, CA 93901
831-755-8490; 831-647-7899
831-755-8467  (fax)
[email protected]  (e-mail)
http://www.aaa.mc.org 
The Area Agency on Aging provides local planning, program 
development, grant administration and advocacy for services and
issues concerning the elderly.  It has an advisory council 
composed of 15 representatives that meet monthly throughout the
County.  

Conservatorship Services
Monterey County Health Department
320 Church St.
Salinas, CA 93901
831-755-3253
Provides management of the personal and financial affairs of 
people who cannot manage for themselves due to medical or mental
disabilities.  

Department of Social Services/Monterey County
1000 South Main St., Ste. 208
Salinas, CA 93901
831-755-4400
831-755-8408  (fax)
This is the county government agency designated to administer a 
wide range of community and social service programs using county,
state and federal funds.  The two client serving divisions within
the department: 1) CalWORKS Employment and Benefits (CWEB) 
(commonly known as the Welfare Program); 2) Social Services 
(encompassing services to adults, families and children).

HIV Testing/Monterey County Health Department
1270 Natividad Rd.
Salinas, CA 93906
Anonymous and confidential testing for HIV (the virus that causes
AIDS) with pre and post test counseling is available at the 
Salinas and Seaside offices by appointment only.  

Meals on Wheels of the Salinas Valley, Inc.
229 Pajaro St., Ste. 303
Salinas, CA 93901
831-758-6325
Provides nutritious food to the elderly or handicapped in their
own homes in Salinas and North and South Monterey County.  
Donation toward cost of meals is requested.  

Salinas Valley Resource Center
100 East Romie Lane, Ste. 4
Salinas, CA 93901
831-753-6045

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Senior Access
Central Marin Center
72 Kensington Road
San Anselmo, CA 94960
415-459-6120
Day care programs for frail and/or disabled adults or people with
Alzheimer's disease: hot lunch, health assessment, nursing and
social services; physical, occupational and speech therapies; 
exercise, social and recreational activities; support and respite
for people who care for participants.  Fees are based on income,
or Medi-Cal accepted. 

Suicide Prevention
P.O. Box 2749
San Anselmo, CA 94979
415-499-1100
Crisis intervention; suicide prevention.

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Arcadia Health Care
1100 Industrial Road, Ste. #7
San Carlos					 CA	  94070
Accepts Medicare and/or Medi-Cal.  

Catholic Charities
Adult Day Support Center
787 Walnut Street
San Carlos					 CA	  94070
650-592-9325

HAND of the Peninsula
Helping After Neonatal Death
P. O. Box 3693
Redwood City              CA     94064
650-367-6993
www.handsupport.org
HAND of the Peninsula is one of several HAND groups in the Bay Area;
it provides coverage for San Francisco and the Peninsula down to
around Mountain View.  HAND is a volunteer group of parents who have
experienced the loss of a baby before, during, or after birth including 
stillbirth, miscarriage or SIDS. HAND's objective is to offer peer
support for parents, their relatives and friends during the normal
mourning following the stillbirth or newborn death of their babies.
Will also assist with support for SIDS or prior to an
anticipated stillbirth and will help with funeral arrangements.
Accepts parents who have had genetic abortions and parents who have
adopted children who have subsequently been returned to their birth
parents.  HAND can provide inservice training to hospitals and other
agencies concerned with neonatal death.  People can also reach HAND of
the Peninsula by calling the Crisis Intervention and Suicide
Prevention line for San Mateo County at 650-692-6655 and requesting a
referral.
Free service.

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American Diabetes Association
631 Howard Street, #520 
San Francisco, CA 94105
415-777-4499
Information on diabetes and services for diabetics.  

Art for Recovery
P. O. Box 7921
San Francisco                        CA     94120
415-885-7221
415-885-7395 fax
Located at UCSF and Mt. Zion Medical Center.  This program offers an
opportunity for people coping with life-threatening illness, including
cancer and AIDS to express what it looks like and feels like through
drawing, writing, poetry, and music.  Open to hospital patients at
UCSF and Mt. Zion.  Offers a professional internship program for first
and second year medical students.  Breast cancer quilt project is open
to anyone and involves creating images by women coping with breast
cancer and also to anyone who lost a loved one to breast cancer.
No fees for patients.
Cindy Perlis, Director

Arthritus Foundation
657 Mission Street, #603
San Francisco, CA 94105
415-356-1230
415-356-1240 (fax)
800-464-6240
www.arthritus.org/offices/NCA
Provides free informational brochures on arthritus.  Also offers
free support and education groups for people with arthritus, their
families and friends.  There are exercise programs available at
minimal costs.  These programs are held all over the Bay Area. 
Hours: M-F 9am - 5pm.   

Bay Area Jewish Healing Center
3330 Geary Blvd., 3rd floor West
San Francisco                        CA     94118
415-750-4197 main intake number
http://www.jewishhealingcenter.org
Dedicated to providing Jewish spiritual care to those living with
illness, to those caring for the ill, and to the bereaved through
direct service, education and training, and information and referral.
Our rabbis focus on how Jewish spiritual resources can be
used to promote spiritual healing and wholeness.  Healing service
each month.  We offer an annual camp called "Grief and Growing:
A Healing Weekend For Individuals and Families In Mourning" in
May each year co-sponsored by Camp Tawonga and and Children's 
Services.  No fees for pastoral counseling for those in hospice 
care or in acute grief.  A program of the Institute on Aging.

Carescope Registry
2398 19th Avenue, #201
San Francisco				 CA	  94116
415-664-9991

Catholic Charities of San Francisco
2559 - 40th Avenue
San Francisco				 CA	  94116
415-564-7882
415-731-1270 fax
Ongoing adult, children's and adolescent grief groups.  Individual
and family counseling.  Fees requested, but no one refused.
Barbara Elordi

Celebrate Sight Information and Referral Line
655 Beach Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
800-391-3937
Information and referral line for those at risk for Glaucoma.  
Offers a Glaucoma exam to those who qualify and are at risk.  

Center for Elderly Suicide Prevention (CESP)
3330 Geary Blvd., 3rd floor East
San Francisco				 CA	  94118
415-750-4180, ext. 230 (grief program)
415-750-4180, ext. 232 (business office)
Affiliated with Goldman Institute On Aging. 
Provides individual counseling and 24-hour friendship line and home
visits for seniors aged 60 and over.  The 24-hour telephone line
may be used by seniors, their caregivers, and their advocates;
provides free supportive telephone counseling for those who
are bereaved, depressed, isolated, or abused. Also offers bereavement
support groups for survivors of suicide.  Can provide professional
training on suicide in the elderly and suicide bereavement.
Individual therapy on sliding scale; No one is turned away for
lack of funds.  Informal free Saturday drop-in traumatic grief support
group for persons who have suffered a loss due to suicide or other causes.
Closed 8-week traumatic loss support group grief groups are offered
several times a year, costing $25-40 per session, sliding scale. 
Services are not limited to the elderly;  traumatic loss support
is delivered to persons of all ages.
Patrick Arbore, Director
Judy Thompson, Psychologist Intern, 415-750-4180, ext. 261
Kelly Baldwin Associate Director, Department of Psychology, 415-750-4180, ext. 231

Central City Older Adults
90 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102
415-558-5900
Provides mental health assessment, mental health therapy, and
mental health medications for persons 60 and older who are
residents of San Francisco.  All services relate to mental
health;  they are not a medical clinic.  Takes referrals
from agencies or via direct calls from the public.  Can
make home visit assessments in some cases. Medicare and
Medicare accepted.

Coming Home Hospice
115 Diamond St.
San Francisco                        CA     94114
415-861-1110

Compassionate Friends
San Francisco County Chapter
22 Samoset St.
San Francisco                        CA     94110
415-457-3123
The Compassionate Friends (TCF) is a self-help peer support
organization for bereaved parents and siblings. There are hundreds of
chapters world-wide. Local chapters meet to share experiences and
offer support to parents who are going through the grief process. A
chapter meeting is a safe place to talk about the trauma following the
death of a child. Many chapters have separate meetings for surviving
siblings.  Free service, donations encouraged.

Crossroads Home Care And Hospice
320 Judah Street, Suite 7
San Francisco                        CA     94122
415-682-2111; 888-CROSSROADS
415-682-2112 fax
[email protected]
Provides skilled nursing and palliative care services to
terminally-ill persons in their own residences or in congregate
settings. Does not operate its own residential facility but will
contract with congregate service providers and private individuals.
Has been in existence since  January 1996. Provides one-on-one grief
counseling and makes referrals to grief support groups. Provides
general referrals related to terminal illness support. Works with a
general population that includes clients affected by AIDS. Medicare
and MediCal certified.
Fee for service; Medicare certified.
Phil Murphy, President

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (Northern California Chapter)
417 Montgomery St., Ste. 404
San Francisco, CA 94104
415-677-0155

Dick Olsen
175 Phelan Ave.
San Francisco                        CA     94112-1822
415-584-1034
415-587-1310 fax
Massage therapy for the critically-ill in client homes, in hospitals,
and in studio in Upper Market area of San Francisco.  Ten years
experience.  Can conduct workshops for professional caregivers on
touch for the terminally ill.
$35 for 60 minutes in studio, $45 out; sliding scale for AIDS clients.
Dick Olsen

Family Caregiver Alliance
690 Market Street, Ste. 600
San Francisco, CA 94194
415-434-3388; 800-445-8106 (CA only)
415-434-3508 fax
http://www.caregiver.org
Assists families of adults affected by chronic or progressive
brain impairment, including Alzheimer's, stroke, Parkinson's and 
Huntington's disease, ALS, brain injury and other conditions.  
Free and low cost educational programs, publications and respite
assistance.  Fact sheets on Grief and Loss and End of Life 
Decision-Making, among others.  Online support group.  Research
and advocacy for long-term care services.  Serves entire six
Bay Area counties, and sister agency Caregiver Resource Centers serves
the entire state.  
Kathleen Kelly, Executive Director
Terry Erickson, Technical Support (website)

Family Link
317 Castro Street
San Francisco			 	 CA	  94114
415-703-9050
415-703-9057 fax
[email protected]
http://www.slip.net/~famlink
Offers bed and breakfast housing to families who are visiting San
Francisco to see persons with AIDS and other life-threatening
illnesses or who are in town for funerals.  Provides referrals to
emotional support resources and some assistance with logistics when
getting to hospitals.  Their facility has six bedrooms and is located
near the corner of Castro and Market.
Suggested donation $25 per night per room (twin bed, breakfast and
evening meal included).
Dorr Jones, Executive Director
Ruth Hall, Manager

Family Service Agency Geriatric Outpatient Socialization 
1010 Gough Street
San Francisco, CA
415-474-7310

Family Service Agency Geriatric Services West
6221 Geary Blvd., First Floor
San Francisco, CA
415-386-6600

Gayle Danz HomeCare
4630 Geary Blvd., #201
San Francisco			 	 CA	  94118
415-221-2405

Gift Of Love Home
1596 Fulton St.
San Francisco				 CA	  94117
415-563-6811 (Hospice); 415-563-9446 (Convent)
A long-term supportive clean and sober hospice and independent living
program for homeless persons men with disabling HIV. People do not
need to have a six-month terminal diagnosis for admission. Operated by
the Missionaries of Charity.
No charges for residence, medical care is not included.
Sr. Thomas More, Sister in Charge
Sr. Maria Salome, Mother Superior

Golden Gate Transit
P.O. Box 9000
Presidio Station
San Francisco, CA 94129
415-921-5858
415-456-9062 (upcoming dates)
Transit cards which entitle the holder to a half-price fare are
issued at the Whistlestop for those 65 and over and the certifiably
disabled.

Grief and Growing
A Healing Weekend for Bereaved Individuals and Families
131 Steuart Street # 460
San Francisco, CA 94105
415-543-2267 (Ann Gonski)
415-750-4197 (Rabbi Eric Weiss)
email: [email protected]
email: [email protected]
The Grief and Growing Weekend provides support and a caring community for
anyone who has lost a loved one. This annual two and a half day program
is held in May at Camp Tawonga near Yosemite National Park. Professional 
grief specialists run workshops and facilitate support group discussions on
a variety of grief-related topics. The weekend program also includes an arts
and crafts program, ropes course, nature hikes, a healing service along
the banks of the Tuolumne River, singing, creative writing and other activities.
Grief and Growing is co-sponsored by Bay Area Jewish Healing
Center, Camp Taonga, Family Education Project of the Bureau of Jewish
Education, Jewish Family and Children's Services and Sinai Memorial Chapel.
To receive a brochure and registration information use contact
information given above.

Growth House, Inc.
San Francisco				 CA     94114
2215-R Market Street, #199
San Francisco, CA 94114
[email protected]
http://www.growthhouse.org
Provides the Internet's most comprehensive collection of
online resources related to end of life care.  Sponsor of the
Inter-Institutional Collaborating Network on End-of-life
Care (IICN), a private Internet network used by over thirty
international health care organizations to develop and
exchange educational content for health care professionals.
Provides general information and referral service for 
agencies dealing with bereavement, hospice care, and 
terminal illness issues.  Assists other organizations
who wish to implement Internet-based distance education
systems and other online services through sliding scale
contracts.

Hemlock Society of Northern California
870 Market Street, Suite 557
San Francisco                        CA     94102
415-398-9297
415-398-6903 fax
[email protected]
Educates the public and the medical community about the rights of
terminally ill persons through conferences, meetings, and
publications.  The Society is a membership organization with a
newsletter and support groups, workshops, and public events throughout
the Bay Area.  Also offers nursing education seminars and a speaker's
bureau.  Offices in San Francisco with branches in Oakland and Santa
Cruz.
Free support groups.
Sally Shute

Home Care Companions, Inc.
1320 Divisadero
San Francisco                        CA     94115
415-824-3269
Offers a 15-hour, 5-evening training course in how to provide home
care for those who are terminally ill with AIDS.
Celi Adams

Hospice By The Bay
1540 Market Street, Suite 350
San Francisco                        CA     94102-6035
Admissions: 
(415) 526-5601 All hospice admissions
(415) 927-2273 in Marin
(415) 626-5900 in San Francisco
(707) 935-7504 in Sonoma
Web Site: http://www.hospicebythebay.org
A non-profit hospice provider. Offers grief counseling services
and bereavement support including an adult bereavement drop-in
group, gay men's grief support, a grief and art workshop,
adult loss of a parent, and moving meditation classes for
caregivers.  Sliding scale, Medicare, MediCal certified.
JCAHO accredited.  Hospice By The Bay was formerly known
as Hospice of Marin.  The coverage area for the organization
includes Marin, San Francisco and Sonoma counties.  The San Francisco
office also provides coverage for Pacifica.  

Institute on Aging (IOA)
Offers a wide array of services to assure that people, as they age,
be as healthy and independent as possible. Sample services include
adult day health care, Alzheimer's Day Center, community education
and research.  The Older Adults Care Management (OACM) program
provides home care, personal care assistance, case management and
consultation to help older adults maintain independence.  The
Multipurpose Senior Services Program (MSSP) and the Linkages
programs can arrange for a broad array of community services to
help elders and disabled young adults perform daily tasks they have
trouble with alone.  MSSP is available free of charge to San
Franciscans over age 65 with Medi-Cal coverage. Linkages is
available to older adults and disabled younger adults who are
unable to manage their home and personal care by themselves. 
Center for Elders and Youth in the Arts provides opportunities
for seniors to interact with professional artists and with youth.
Serves clients in San Francisco and on the Peninsula.
Administrative Office
3330 Geary Blvd., 2nd Floor West
San Francisco, CA 94118-3347
415-750-4180 Administrative Offices
415-750-4141 Initial case assessment
Fax: 415-750-4179
Web Site: http://www.ioaging.org

Jewish Family and Children's Services
Bereavement and Healing Program
2150 Post Street
San Francisco                        CA     94115
415-449-1200 Main agency number (ask for Bereavement Program)
Web Site: http://jfcs.org
Individual counseling and loss-specific individual and family
bereavement groups for adults.  Non-denominational.  Sliding scale.
This agency operates similar programs in the following cities:
Palo Alto: 650-688-3030
San Rafael: 415-491-7960
Santa Rosa: 707-571-8131

Kaiser Permanente San Francisco
Home Health Agency
4131 Geary Blvd., 4th floor
San Francisco				 CA	  94118
415-202-2770

Kaiser Permanente San Francisco
Hospice and Bereavement Services
4131 Geary Blvd., 3rd floor
San Francisco                        CA     94118
415-202-3655; 415-202-2517
415-202-3671 fax
Hospice services and bereavement support for members and family of
patients.  No longer offering group bereavement services.  The staff
for the San Francisco Kaiser program also supports the South San
Francisco Kaiser facility.  Accepts Medicare and/or Medi-Cal.  
Jeannette Jones MFCC, Bereavement Coordinator, 415-202-3173

Laguna Honda Hospice
375 Laguna Honda Blvd.
San Francisco                        CA     94116-1499
415-759-2327
415-759-2313 fax
Residents of San Francisco who meet the requirements for skilled
nursing care are eligible for admission and respite care.  Also offers
bereavement services.
$270 per day
Esther Armstrong, Admitting Coordinator

Leland House
141 Leland Ave.
San Francisco                        CA     94131
415-405-2000
[email protected] (Kevin Cunz, Facility Manager)
Operated by Catholic Charities. Residential hospice provider.
Sliding scale, Medicare certified.

MOMS (Mothers Organizing Mothers)
65 Cleary Court, #2
San Francisco                        CA     94109
415-922-4639
415-673-8350 fax
Caregiver and bereavement support for mothers, family members, and
friends of people affected by AIDS.
No fees.

Maitri
401 Duboce Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94117
Phone: 415-558-3000
Fax: 415-558-3010
http://www.maitrisf.org
Residential care for people severely debilitated by AIDS needing
hospice and/or 24-hour care.  60% of income.

Mental Health Association of San Francisco
1095 Market Street, Suite 408
San Francisco, CA 94104
415-241-2926
http://www.mha-sf.org
Provides referrals to local mental health resources.  Web site has a good
directory of Bay Area resources for psychological support.

National AIDS Memorial Grove
856 Stanyan Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
415-750-8340
Maintains a beautiful and serene redwood tree grove dedicated
to the memories of all who have died of AIDS.  This 
life-affirming setting is a living memorial within San
Francisco's Golden Gate Park, the City's largest municipal park.

NextSteps: an Outreach Program of Sinai Memorial Chapel
1501 Divisadero Street
San Francisco CA 94115
415-921-3636
email: [email protected]
Provides outreach and referral services to clients who made their
funeral arrangements through Sinai Memorial Chapel.  Eligible individuals
can have up to three home visits from professional grief caregivers who provide
comfort and resource referrals to mourners. Services are free to eligible
individuals and families.

Pastoral Care Dept., Institute for Health and Healing
California Pacific Medical Center
P. O. Box 7999
San Francisco                        CA     94120
415-923-3660
415-885-1561 fax
The chaplaincy group provides spiritual support for patients and
family at California Pacific Medical Center.  Offers support groups
for children in families dealing with life-threatening illness.
Offers a variety of support groups for people healing from cancer.
These support groups are open to anyone, not just patients of CPMC.
Also offers stress reduction classes on a fee basis.  Offers a
residency training program in CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education).  One
chaplain coordinates an AIDS ministry.
Support services are free.
Barbara Morucci, Development Coordinator

Pathways Home Health and Hospice
Main administrative office:
585 North Mary Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA 94085
http://www.pathwayshealth.org
888-755-7855 All hospice admissions
A local not-for-profit hospice agency since 1977.  Dedicated to 
providing hospice services to residents of San Francisco,
San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda and Contra Costa counties.  
Hospice team includes patient's physician, nurse care manager,
medical social worker, pastoral care counselor, home health aide
and other specially trained staff and volunteers as needed.  7
days a week, 24 hours a day.  Group and individual bereavement
support provided.  Medicare certified.  Charitable funds 
available for patients with limited resources.  Covers Pacifica.
Provides care in their homes and in nursing facilities.  

Peter Claver Community
1340 Golden Gate Ave.
San Francisco                        CA     94115
415-749-3800
Residence for HIV+ persons with a history of substance abuse.  Nurse
on duty 24 hours.  Can provide hospice care if a resident declines in
health.

Phoenix Center
Golden Gate Health Care Center
2707 Pine Street
San Francisco                        CA     94115
415-563-7600; 415-923-1955 (placement center)
415-563-1544 fax
A full-service secured unit in Hillhaven Pine Towers for those with
Alzheimer's, AIDS-related dementia or persons with advanced AIDS whose
care at home has become unmanageable.  Hospice care if desired.
Sliding scale.
Michael Vargas, Coordinator
Pamela Brown, Director

Podiatrists Referral Service of San Francisco/San Mateo Counties
415-587-5511

Prevent Blindness Northern California
4200 California St., Ste. 101
San Francisco, CA 94118
415-387-0934
800-338-3041
Provides free vision screening for children and adults, eye safety
programs, public information and professional education classes.

Psychiatric Emergency Services
San Francisco General Hospital
415-206-8125
For all types of mental health emergencies.

Rainbow Home Care Services
62 Lloyd Street
San Francisco				 CA	  94117
415-643-8983

San Francisco Adult Day Services Network
221 Main Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94105 
415-808-7371
http://www.sfadultday.org
Provides information about different kinds of adult day services that
are available in San Francisco, including senior day care, medical
support, creative programs, group outings, and door-to-door
transportation services.  Web site provides links to programs in
San Francisco that focus on chronically-ill seniors and persons with
disabilities.

San Francisco AIDS Foundation
995 Market St., Ste. 200
San Francisco, CA 94103
415-487-8015

San Francisco Department of Aging and Adult Services
415-626-1033
http://www.sfgetcare.org
Web site is designed to assist older adults and people with disabilities
who need to locate supportive services in San Francisco.  Search tool lets
you enter services you want to locate.

San Francisco Grief Caregivers Network
San Francisco                        CA
http://www.growthhouse.org/gcnsf.html
A networking organization for bereavement professionals working in San
Francisco hospices and non-profit agencies.  Meets on the second
Wednesday of each month to share information about bereavement
programs in San Francisco.
No membership fees; regular attendance is expected.

San Francisco Medical Society
1409 Sutter St.
San Francisco, CA 94109
415-561-0870
http://www.sfms.org
The San Franicisco Medical Society is a 134-year old professional 
association for physicians in San Francisco, providing educational
and advocacy resources for physicians and their parents, with a 
referral line for patients needing a physician in San Francisco.

San Francisco Psychological Association
415-681-3063
Information and referrals for mental health services.  Multi-lingual.

San Francisco Suicide Prevention
415-781-0500 (24-hour hotline)
415-984-1900 (office)
http://www.sfsuicide.org
Suicide prevention telephone service, also keeps an extensive referral
directory of psychological support services.  Also offers eight-week 
support groups for persons left behind after a suicide.  The support groups
are formed when enough persons have requested them, so it is necessary to
call the office to put your name on a list of interested people.  There are
about three such groups formed each year.  $10 per session, $80 for the series.

Senior Medi-Benefits
3195 Adeline Street, P.O. Box 3435
Berkeley					 CA	   94703
510-420-0550
415-258-9311
Assists people with Medicare and/or Medi-Cal eligibility and other
health insurance billing and claims.  

Service Through Touch
41 Carl Street, Apt. C
San Francisco, CA 94117
415-564-1750
Hands-on care for people at end of life.  Workshops on the use of
touch in terminal care.  

Shanti
730 Polk Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
415-674-4700
http://www.shanti.org
Services for people living with HIV disease, AIDS, breast cancer and
other life-threatening illnesses.  Services include practical support,
emotional support, care coordination, and peer support.

Social Work AIDS Network (SWAN)
c/o AIDS Health Project
P. O. Box 1246
San Francisco                        CA     94143-1246
415-476-6668 (voice mail)
A group of HIV/AIDS social workers and social service providers who
meet monthly to offer mutual support, share information, network, and
advocate for client needs.  Meetings are held the third Friday of each
month at the Dorothy Day Community Center, 54 McAllister Street (near
Market Street), in San Francisco.  May also be reached via the AIDS
Health Project (415-476-3902).
None for meetings; $15-$30 for monthly mailings and annual directory.
Susan Haikailis
Richard Sherwin 415-487-8074

Rigpa Spiritual Care Program
PO Box 423928
San Francisco, CA 94142
Phone 415-789-8416 (Spiritual Care Education and Training Program)
http://www.spcare.org
Email: [email protected]
Rigpa Spiritual Care Program is an education and training program in
end-of-life care under the guidance of Sogyal Rinpoche, author of "The
Tibetan Book of Living and Dying".  The program offers courses and
training for caregivers and the public and trains volunteers for hospices
and nursing homes. The Spiritual Care Program coordinates a volunteer
hospice program in collaboration with Maitri hospice in San Francisco.  

St. Vincent's Home Health And Hospice Of The Pacific
1659 Divisadero St., #1
San Francisco                        CA    94115
415-292-9700
415-292-9756 fax
[email protected]
http://www.homehealthandhospice.com
Medicare certified.

Support After Neo-Natal Death (SAND) - San Francisco Chapter
http://www.sfsand.com
San Francisco SAND (Support After Neonatal Death) is a support group for parents who have lost a
baby through miscarriage, stillbirth, death during or after birth, or termination for genetic reasons.
Free service.

Sutter VNA & Hospice
(formerly Visiting Nurses & Hospice)
1 South Van Ness Ave., 8th floor
San Francisco                        CA     94103
800-557-9777 Admissions
http://suttervnaandhospice.org
Comprehensive home health care in the client's home, in congregate
settings, at Coming Home Hospice, and in nursing homes.  Also
offers bereavement support groups.

Life Transitions Network (LTN)
PO Box 31579
San Francisco, CA 94131
415-263-4822
www.transitionsworkshops.org
[email protected]
LTN is a non-profit organization offering workshops for people
facing illness, death, grief and loss of all kinds. Residential
workshops take place over three days and combine teaching with
experiential work.  LTN also offers training for professionals
working with clients facing death, loss and bereavement.
  
TRANSITIONS Support At The End Of Life
1314 45th Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94122
415-664-6975
Transitions offers one-on-one peer-based safe, non-judgemental, and 
confidential support for patients at the end of their lives, and
their caregivers through the dying process. We seek to make the
death process more life affirming and positive. We can deliver 
services in hospices or home settings. We do not provide health
care services, but provide appropriate referrals on request. We 
work with all types of terminal illness, including AIDS and cancer.
No fees are assessed for our services, as we are supported
entirely by private contributions. We are also available for 
lectures & inservices abo

UCSF/Mt. Zion Medical Center
Department of Pastoral Care
1600 Divisadero, Box 1655
San Francisco                        CA     94120
415-885-7785
415-885-3853 fax
Provides chaplaincy to staff, patients, and families.
No fees.
Rabbi Jeffery Silberman

VA Hospice
Social Work Department
4150 Clement St.
San Francisco                        CA     94121
415-221-4810, ext. 4246
Ann Johnson

Zen Hospice Project
273 Page Street
San Francisco                        CA     94102
415-863-2910
415-863-1768 fax
http://www.zenhospice.org
Dedicated to the care of people approaching death and to increase our
understanding of our own impermanence.  The volunteer component of Zen
Hospice Project provides support to clients in residence at Laguna
Honda Hospice/AIDS Unit. Zen Hospice Project also operates its own
hospice residence  for people with AIDS, cancer and other illnesses.
The "Guest House" is a 4 bedroom Eastlake Victorian that provides 24
hour hospice care in cooperation with Hospice by the Bay.
Medicare covered;  65 per day private.
Frank Ostaseski, Founder

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AIDS Resources, Information & Services (ARIS)
1550 The Alameda #100
San Jose, CA 95126
408-293-2747
408-293-0341 (fax)
408-293-5836 (TDD/TTY)
[email protected] (e-mail)
Provides assistance with transportation to medical appointments,
housekeeping, cooking, shopping, nutritional program, and other
in home support to persons with disabling AIDS/HIV.  Social
support available to family members.  Also, provides informational
presentations on HIV/AIDS facts and personal experiences with HIV.  
Community education through health fairs and literature 
distribution.  Provides food baskets to persons with disabling
AIDS/HIV.  Nutritional supplements available to those with special
dietary needs.  Other languages: Spanish.  Hours: M-F 8am - 5pm.  

Alzheimer's Activity Center
2380 Enborg Lane
San Jose, CA 95128
408-279-7515
408-279-7519 (fax)
Offers social, health and recreational activities to adults with
Alzheimer's Disease or related diagnosis.  Other languages: 
Spanish & Tagalog.  Hours: M-F 7am - 6pm; Sat 9am - 4:30pm.  

Cancer Resource Center
O'Connor Hospital
2105 Forest Ave.
San Jose, CA 95128
408-947-2885
Provides information, books, videos, and brochures to cancer 
patients, their families, and the general public.  The center is
open 24 hours, 7 days a week.  Touch Screen CancerHelp computer 
is available in English and Spanish.  Call for additional
information.  Other languages: AT&T Language line.  Hours: M-F
1pm - 4pm.  

Coda Alliance
(Community Coalition for End-of-Life Care)
2671 Plummer Ave., 29S
San Jose, CA 95125
408-267-3922 (voice and fax)
Helps community members in the Santa Clara County area learn and discuss
end-of-life care options, so that they may share their values and goals
with their family and health care providers prior to the onset of
serious illness. 
Website: www.codaalliance.org

Continue Care HomeCare Agency
1390 S. Winchester Blvd., #B
San Jose, CA 95128
408-374-6655
408-374-4347 (fax)
Offers supervised, trained and bonded homemakers to provide
personal care, light housekeeping, and shopping.  One hour to 
24-hour, intermittent or long-term.  Private insurance and 
sliding scale for those with limited income.  Hours: 24 hours.  

Council on Aging of Santa Clara County (COA)
2115 The Alameda
San Jose, CA 95126
408-296-8290
408-249-8918 (fax)
Administers Older Americans Act Title III dollars as the Area 
Agency on Aging designated by the State Department on Aging.  
Serves and represents Santa Clara County.  Advocates and 
coordinates efforts to serve persons age 60+.  Provides a wide
array of direct services.  Other languages: Spanish, Tagalog & 
Chinese.  

Daytimers Senior Day Care
4424 Pearl Ave.
San Jose, CA 95135
408-295-7081 (fax)
Support, supervise, and assistance with activities provided for
Seniors with memory loss and mobility limitations in a safe and
nurturing environment.  Drop-In, Part Day, and Full Day, 
includes private nap area.  Special financial arrangement are
available.  Hours: M-F 7:30am - 6pm.  

Diabetes Society of Santa Clara Valley
1165 Lincoln Ave., #300
San Jose, CA 95125
408-287-3785
408-287-2701 (fax)
Provides the community with education and information about 
diabetes.  A wide variety of classes, literature, support groups
and outreach.  Other languages: Spanish.  Hours: M-F
8:30am - 4:30pm/Thursday till 8pm.

Diabetes Treatment Center 
Columbia Good Samaritan Health System
2505 Samaritan Drive, #610
San Jose, CA 95124
408-358-0181
Offers a full range of diabetes outpatient education classes for
people with Type I or II diabetes.  Day and evening classes 
available.  Call for times and dates.  Other languages: Spanish &
Vietnamese.  Hours: M-F 8:30am - 4:30pm.  

Emergency Psychiatric Service
820 Enborg Court
San Jose, CA 95128
408-885-6100
408-885-6117 (fax)
Emergency psychiatric services available 24 hours, provides
evaluation and determination of patient needs. 

Evergreen Valley Adult Day Center
1622 E. Capital Expressway
San Jose, CA 95121
408-531-8731

Gardner Health Center, Inc.
Centro de Bienestar
160 E. Virginia St., Ste. 280
San Jose, CA 95112
408-287-6200
408-998-1535 (fax)
Health services including medical/social assessments, case
management, counseling, education, and follow-up.  Accepts
most insurance or sliding-scale fee.  Other languages: Russian,
Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese.  Hours: M-F 8am - 6:30pm.  

Gentiva Health Services
1101 S. Winchester Blvd., Ste. M250
San Jose					 CA	95128
408-261-2801
Accepts Medicare and/or Medi-Cal.  	

Geriatric Mental Health Institute
Good Samaritan Health System
675 E. Santa Clara St.
San Jose, CA 95112
408-559-2000
800-422-1845
Free assessments.  An integrated program addressing the medical
and psychological aspects of mental health problems unique to 
the senior community.  For persons age 55+.  24-Hour access.  				

Hospice Of The Valley
1150 South Bascom Ave., Suite 7A
San Jose					 CA    95128
408-947-1233
408-288-4172 fax
In home care for the terminally-ill in the Santa Clara Valley area.
Offers both individual and group bereavement counseling, including a
children's bereavement group.  Bereavement services are open to the
general community. Offers occasional training programs for health care
professionals.  Can do inservices upon request.  Patients and families
are never billed directly;  all payments come directly from insurance
coverage.  Medicare and Medical certified.  Other languages: 
Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, & Tagalog.  Hours: M-F 9am - 5pm; 
RN's on call 24 hours.  

Independent Aging Program
195 E. San Fernando St.
San Jose, CA 95112
408-282-8608
408-280-1026 (fax)
[email protected] (e-mail)
Through initial Case Management Home Assessment, program signs
up appropriate frail, homebound seniors living independently for
Respite (companion) Care through volunteers to relieve 
periodically a full-time elderly caregiver of another disabled 
senior.  Certain guidelines and fees are applied.  Other 
languages: Spanish.  Hours: M-F 9am - 5pm.  

Information and Referral Services, Inc.
1275 South Winchester Blvd., #A
San Jose, CA 95128
408-345-4532
800-255-9333
408-243-0285 fax
www.iandrinfo.org
[email protected]  (e-mail)
Provides information and support services for seniors, their 
families and friends by telephone, mail and in office.  Maintains
data file of over 3500 agencies and services in Santa Clara County.
Trains community to be aware of danger signals that indicate a 
senior may be in need of services (Gatekeepers Program). 
Publishes the "Senior Handbook" and other specialized information
sheets.  Other languages: Portuguese.  Hours: M-F 8am - 5pm.

In-Home Supportive Services
Social Services Agency, Santa Clara County
591 N. King Road
San Jose, CA 95133
408-928-3737
408-923-2134 (fax)
Offers homemaker, shopping and personal care services to those
eligible for or currently receiving Supplemental Security.  
Services are intended to enable aged, or disabled persons to 
remain at home.  Other languages: Spanish, Vietnamese, & Chinese.
Hours: M-F 8am - 5pm.  

Integra Hospice and Home Health
333 West Santa Clara St., Suite 880
San Jose					 CA     95113
408-938-1700
408-938-1711 fax
Provides skilled nursing and hospice services in private homes and in
care centers (long term care facilities and convalescent hospitals).
Bereavement counseling for families for up to one year following a
death.  Can do inservices at care centers for CEU.  Positive
Connection program is a free, countywide support program for anyone
living with HIV/AIDS.
Medicare certified.
Marti Gittleman, Regional Director

King's Special Care Needs
1777 Hamilton Ave., #102
San Jose, CA 95125
408-266-0463
408-266-0547 (fax)
A non-profit home care agency that provides a care/assistance to 
the elderly in the privacy of their home on an hourly or live-in
basis.  Other languages: Spanish.  Hours: M-F 9am - 5pm.  

Live Oak Adult Services
49 N. Fourth Street
San Jose, CA 95112
408-292-1392
408-292-1320 (fax)
Provides a day care program of recreational and social activities
for frail/disabled seniors and respite for their caregivers.  
Sliding scale fee.  Other languages: Spanish.  Hours: M-F 
9am - 3pm.  

MACSA Adult Day Health Care Center
130 N. Jackson Ave.
San Jose, CA 95116
408-928-1155 ext.1159
408-928-1153 (fax)
Provides physical, occupational, and speech therapy; medical
supervision, social and recreational activities to frail elderly
who are at risk of premature institutionalization.  Transportation
provided to and from site.  Hot lunch and snacks served.  Accepts
Medi-Cal and has sliding scale fee.  Other languages: Spanish.  
Hours: M-F 8:30am - 3:30pm; Office hours: 8am - 5pm.  

Meals On Wheels
2115 The Alameda
San Jose, CA 95126
408-296-8290
800-510-2020 (Santa Clara County ONLY)
Meals On Wheels program of Santa Clara County Senior Nutrition
Program in collaboration with Council on Aging delivers 7 frozen
lunches and breakfast weekly to homebound seniors or disabled 
persons age 60+.  Hours: M-F 8am - 5pm.

Meals On Wheels
The Health Trust
2025 Gateway Place, Ste. 200
San Jose, CA 95110
408-452-1134
877-452-1134 (toll free North & South County)
Delivers noon meals to homebound seniors or disabled persons
age 60+ unable to cook for themselves.  A private program is 
available to all recovering and disabled homebound persons on a
private pay or sliding fee.  Weekend box lunches can be delivered
on Friday.  Special diets.  Other languages: Chinese, French, 
German, Mandarin, Spanish, & Vietnamese.  Hours: M-F 8am - 5pm.  

Medical Examiner-Coroner
Santa Clara County
850 Thorton Way
San Jose, CA 95128
408-299-5137
408-298-6129 (fax)
Offers information on cremation available for persons without 
resources.  Call for qualifications.  Other languages: Spanish,
Tagalog & Farsi.  

MidPeninsula Continuous Care Services
455 O'Connor Drive, Ste. 390
San Jose					 CA	  95128
408-795-1000
Provides private duty licensed nursing, personal care and support
services on an hourly or live-in basis.  Private insurance and 
sliding scale available.  Hours: 24 hours.  

O'Connor Home Healthcare Agency
105 N. Bascom Ave., #205
San Jose, CA 95128
408-947-2538
408-947-2572 (fax)
Provides intermittent health care services in the home, including
nursing, rehabilitation, home health aides, social services, 
pharmacy and nutritional services.  Special programs include 
hospice, home infusion therapy, post-partum care and Lifeline.  
Sliding scale available.  Other languages: Korean, Portuguese,
Russian, & Spanish.  Hours: M-F 8am - 5pm.  

Regional Home Health of San Jose
1565 Mabury Road, #D
San Jose, CA 95133
408-729-2806
Offers a full range of in-home health care services for persons 
with varied health care needs.  Services include intermittent and
continuous care.  Accepts many HMO and other health plans. 
Medicare certified, state licensed and JCAHO accredited.  Other
languages: Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Portuguese.  

Regional Medical Senior Health Center
1084 Lincoln Avenue
San Jose, CA 95125
408-279-2604
408-279-1136 (fax)
Comprehensive medical care for seniors, including primary care
and consultative care delivered by certified geriatricians and a
geriatric nurse practitioner.  Medical services include geriatric
assessment, dementia evaluation, cognitive testing, and routine
healthcare.  Social services, nutritional counseling, podiatry,
medication counseling, health seminars and information also
available.  Must be 65+ and have Medicare.  Other languages: 
Spanish.  Hours: M-F 8:30pm - 5pm.  

San Jose Day Respite Program
(Department of Veterans Affairs)
90 Great Oaks Blvd., #101
San Jose, CA 95119
408-363-3001
408-363-3008 (fax)
Provides social and recreational activities in a supervised 
setting.  Provides respite from caregiving for family caregivers.  
Hours: M-F 9am - 5pm.  

San Jose Metro Widows & Widowers Association
Calvin Presbyterian Church
San Jose, CA 95125
408-269-7126
408-559-8368
Meets every Thursday at 7pm.  Fee $20.00/year.  Many social 
activities.  

San Jose Office on Aging
City of San Jose
1190 S. Bascom Ave., #220
San Jose, CA 95128
408-277-4101
408-297-6123 (fax)
Provides a comprehensive program of human services for persons
age 50+ that live in the City of San Jose.  Services include 
recreation, volunteer programs, nutrition, transportation, 
health education, and counseling.  Resource cente for 
Multilingual Information and Referral Reference Sheets, 
consisting of one page information sheets with bilingual phone
contacts that outline services of interest to the elderly and
others.  These tools were created to help guide our elderly 
residents who have limited English and non-English speaking 
capabilities to appropriate local services.  Please call the 
above phone number for a list of topics and languages; this office
speaks English only.  

Santa Clara Valley Health & Hospital System
Valley Health Center at Moorpark
Geriatric Clinic
2400 Moorpark Ave., #204
San Jose, CA 95128
408-885-4622
888-334-1000 (toll free)
Provides comprehensive health care services to seniors, including
medical, nursing, and social services.  Includes geriatric 
assessment, consultation, dementia evaluation, and ongoing 
primary care.  Care planning and support services are also 
provided to seniors and their families and caregivers.  Accepts
Medicare assignment, private insurance, MediCal, & County Ability-
To-Pay Determination (APD).  Other languages: Language Bank.  

Santa Clara Veterans Services of San Jose
1650 Las Plumas, Ste. A
San Jose, CA 95133
408-928-3838

The Health Connection/AIDS Project
2025 Gateway Place
San Jose, CA 95110
408-452-1380
408-451-1918 (fax)
Provides care management and care coordination for those diagnosed
with AIDS.  Funding support is available for those qualified to 
help with respite care, homemaker services, and medications. 
Other languages: Spanish, Tagalog, & Japanese.  
Hours: M-F 8am - 5pm.  

The Health Trust Senior Services
2025 Gateway Place #200
San Jose, CA 95110
408-452-1134
877-452-1134 (toll free North & South County)
408-441-6765 (fax)
Provides temporary in-home relief to primary caregivers of the 
frail elderly.  Sliding scale fee.  Other languages: Spanish.  
Hours: M-F 8am - 5pm.  

Vistas at O'Connor Hospital
2105 Forest Ave., 5th Floor
San Jose, CA 95119
408-947-2701 
408-947-2843 (fax)
A hospital-based mental health program.  Helping persons age 55+
who are suffering from emotional difficulties.  Hours: 24 hours/
365 days.  

WOWS (Widows and Widowers Support)
St. Martin's Church
200 O'Connor Dr.
San Jose, CA 95117
408-257-8861
408-296-4174
Meets 1st & 3rd Sunday of each month at 2pm.  

Yu-Ai Kai Senior Day Services
588 N. 4th Street
San Jose, CA 95112
408-294-2505
408-294-0343 (fax)
Operates a day care program in a bilingual setting.  Physical and
mental stimulation through social activities.  Other languages:
Japanese.  Hours: M-F 8:30am - 5pm.  

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George Mark Children's House
2121 George Mark Lane
San Leandro CA 94578
510-346-4624
www.georgemark.org
A licensed health care facility providing a variety of services
to children with terminal and life-limiting illnesses.  Primarily
targeted at families in Northern California, but will accept
children from anywhere if space is available.  Sliding scale,
Medicare-certified.

SunPlus Home Health Services
303 West Joaquin Avenue, Ste. 100
San Leandro					 CA	  94577
800-734-1604

Sutter VNA & Hospice
1651 Alvarado Street
San Leandro, CA 94577
510-347-6870
Home care and hospice services provided in Alameda, Contra Costa,
San Mateo, Solano, Sonoma, and other Northern California counties.
VNA & Hospice provides hospice care for patients and their families
from five local offices in Emeryville, Santa Rosa, San Mateo,
Concord, and San Leandro.  Services include: care at home, at
skilled nursing facilities, and at residential care facilities;
pain management and symptom control; 24-hour phone consultation;
after-hour emergency visits; medical social workers; personal care,
massage therapy; chaplains, volunteer services; respite care; 
bereavement support; information and referral services; crisis
consultation; and community education services.  Bereavement
programs serve all persons in grief with professional individual
and family counseling, support groups, and other programs.  Prior
to October 1, 2000, the agency's name was "VNA & Hospice of Northern
California."

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Compassionate Friends
Alameda County Chapter
P. O. Box 124
San Lorenzo                          CA     94580
510-835-3579
Counseling for parents grieving the death of a child.  Grandparents
and adult siblings are welcome.  Newsletter, lending library, and
referrals available.  Meetings held in Oakland.  

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Death With Dignity National Center
520 South El Camino Real, Suite 710
San Mateo                            CA     94402-1720
650-344-6489
650-344-8100 fax
[email protected]
http://www.growthhouse.org/ddec.html
Promotes a comprehensive, humane, responsive system of care for
terminally-ill persons. Serves as an information resource for the
public and the media, facilitates consensus building among groups
involved with health care for the dying, and promotes more open,
responsive public policy in the United States.
Charlotte P. Ross, Executive Director

Ellipse Peninsula AIDS Services
173 South Boulevard
San Mateo                            CA     94402
650-572-9702
650-572-1788 fax
Offers HIV, significant other, bereavement, and meditation groups.
Also has a buddy program for HIV+ people and their caregivers. 
People in North and Coast side of San Mateo County should call the
Daly City office is 415-757-5720.  There is a child's art therapy 
group for kids under the age of 13 who are in a household with 
someone who is HIV+.  Can do educational presentations on HIV 
issues in schools, workplaces, and other settings for the general
public.  Offers an HIV caregivers educational workshop.  No fees
for any of the services.

Greater San Mateo Palliative Care Network
Dorothy Schneider Cancer Center
Mills Health Center
100 South San Mateo Drive
San Mateo, CA 94401 
650-696-4405
The Greater San Mateo Palliative Care Network  is a diverse group
of professionals and volunteers working in and committed to the
improvement of end-of-life care on the San Francisco Peninsula.
The membership of the Network includes men and women representing
local hospice and related institutions as well as a variety of
non-profit organizations that serve the many end-of-life needs.
The network is sponsored by Mills-Peninsula Health Services for
the benefit of the greater community.
Web site: http://www.growthhouse.org/pcnet/

Home and Hospital Help, Inc.
P.O. Box 5309
San Mateo					 CA	  94402
650-349-3135

Matched CareGivers
122 Second Avenue, #210
San Mateo					 CA	  94401
650-375-0580

MidPeninsula Continuous Care Services
One Waters Park Drive, Ste. 114
San Mateo					 CA	  94403
650-570-2888

Mission Hospice, Inc. of San Mateo County
1900 O'Farrell St., Suite 200
San Mateo, CA 94403
Tel: (650) 554-1000
http://www. missionhospice.org
Mission Hospice is a Medicare-certified, hospice-licensed, non-profit
organization which provides physical, emotional, social and spiritual
support for terminally-ill patients and their families in San Mateo
County.  They also  educate professionals  and the public in the
methods most effective in providing hospice care.   All services are
provided by professionally trained staff and volunteers.  Services 
free when no reimbursement source is available.  
Covers all of the San Franciso Bay Area Peninsula, including Pacifica.

Older Adults Care Management
520 South El Camino Real, #528
San Mateo					 CA	  94402
650-342-7740

Rainbow Home Care Services
1638 South Grant
San Mateo					 CA	  94402
650-654-6011

San Mateo County AIDS Program
3700 Edison Street
San Mateo                            CA     94403
650-573-2385; 650-573-3955
Offers a number of HIV/AIDS support groups, including groups for
significant others, families, and partners.  Bereavement support
includes a structured 8-week program (for bereavement support call
415-573-2423 or 415-593-2479).

San Mateo County Aging and Adult Services
225 West 37th Ave.
San Mateo                            CA     94403
800-675-TIES
650-573-2310 fax
Information and referral services for frail, older persons or adults
with a chronically disabling condition.  Can provide referrals to
hospices and bereavement services in San Mateo county.  They also
provide an AIDS case management services for anyone with AIDS in 
San Mateo county.  Free service; some programs are MediCal funded.

Self-Help HomeCare and Hospice
50 East 5th Avenue
San Mateo                            CA     94401
415-982-9171 ext. 151
Accepts Medicare and/or Medi-Cal.

Sutter VNA & Hospice
700 S. Claremont Street, Suite 220
San Mateo, CA 94402
(650) 685-2828 Admissions
(650) 685-2800 Home care
(650) 685-2380 Hospice
Home care and hospice services provided in Alameda, Contra Costa,
San Mateo, Solano, Sonoma, and other Northern California counties.
VNA & Hospice provides hospice care for patients and their families
from five local offices in Emeryville, Santa Rosa, San Mateo,
Concord, and San Leandro.  Services include: care at home, at
skilled nursing facilities, and at residential care facilities;
pain management and symptom control; 24-hour phone consultation;
after-hour emergency visits; medical social workers; personal care,
massage therapy; chaplains, volunteer services; respite care; 
bereavement support; information and referral services; crisis
consultation; and community education services.  Bereavement
programs serve all persons in grief with professional individual
and family counseling, support groups, and other programs.  Prior
to October 1, 2000, the agency's name was "VNA & Hospice of Northern
California."  Coverage for Pacifica is provided by the San Mateo Co

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ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease)
650-570-6166

Alzheimer's Association
800-660-1993

American Cancer Society
650-578-9902

American Diabetes Association
650-570-7951

American Heart Association
650-259-9170

American Lung Association
650-994-5864

American Lupus Society
800-558-0121

Arthritus Foundation
800-464-6240

Assistance League of San Mateo County
Friendly Visiting Service
Heart-to-Heart Line
650-342-3882

Bay Area Optometric Referral Service
800-675-3937

Center for Domestic Violence Prevention
650-312-8515

Family Caregiver Alliance
800-445-8106
Services for families and friends who are concerned with or caring 
for brain-impaired adults.

Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP)
800-200-0268
Also provides free counseling and legal assistance on Medicare and
health insurance issues, including HMOs and Long Term Care.  
Services are provided by appointment at your local senior center
and other locations.  

Health Plan of San Mateo
650-616-0050
Administers Medi-Cal in San Mateo County. Provides a list of
doctors who accept Medi-Cal, and assists with appointment and/or
medical service problems.

Hearing Society for the Bay Area
415-693-5870
415-834-1005 (TDD)

HelpLink
650-772-4357; 800-273-6222
Information and referral to self-help groups in the Bay Area.

Home Instead Senior Care
Daly City  650-758-1506
San Bruno  650-877-8009
San Carlos  650-508-1418

Jewish Family and Children's Services
Help At Home
Belmont  650-591-8891
North Peninsula  650-341-5565
Palo Alto  650-688-3000
San Francisco  415-449-3700

Kara
650-321-5272
Emotional support, grief counseling.

Meals on Wheels of San Mateo County
Applicants must be age 18 or older and be unable to prepare their
own meals or go out to eat, and have little or no assistance to 
obtain adequate meals.  For information about the program, 
financial contribution, or to order Meals on Wheels, call:
Coastside  650-726-9056
Pacifica  650-738-7350
Belmont to Daly City  650-295-2173
San Carlos to East Palo Alto  650-323-2022

Mills-Peninsula Senior Focus
800-654-9966
Offers a variety of support groups.

Muscular Dystrophy Association
650-570-6166
Counseling and services for persons with MD and their families.  

Podiatrists Referral Service of San Francisco/San Mateo Counties
415-587-5511

San Mateo County Dental Society Referral
650-637-1121  (Senior discount available)
Medi-Cal Dentist Referral  800-322-6384

San Mateo County Medical Association
650-342-0262

Senior Medi-Benefits
3195 Adeline Street, P.O. Box 3435
Berkeley					 CA	  94703
510-420-0550
415-258-9311
Assists people with Medicare and/or Medi-Cal eligibility and other
health insurance billing and claims.  

Sequoia Hospital 
Health and Wellness Services
650-367-5998
Offers a variety of support groups.

Seton Medical Center
Health Resource Center  650-991-6677
Tele-Care Telephone Service  650-991-6665

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Alzheimer's Association of Marin
4340 Redwood Hwy., #23
San Rafael, CA 94903
415-472-4340
Community education and patient/caregiver support services.

American Cancer Society
25 Bellam Blvd., #150
San Rafael, CA 94901
415-454-8464
Services to people with cancer, educational programs, fundraising.  
Also offers the American Cancer Society Transportation Program,
where volunteers provide rides for cancer patients who have cancer 
related medical appointments from 9-3.   

Bereaved Parents USA - Marin County Chapter
40 Locksley Lane
San Rafael                            CA      94901
415-456-0626; 415-456-0906
Support group for parents who have experienced the death of a child.
Free program.

Catholic Charities
179 Los Ranchitos Road
San Rafael, CA 94903
415-499-1470

Compassionate Friends
Marin County Chapter
P. O. Box 150935
San Rafael                            CA     94915
415-457-3123
A volunteer-based self-help group for bereaved parents. Offers 
monthly peer facilitated support groups for bereaved parents and
siblings.  Free program.

Easter Seals Northern California, Inc.
555 Northgate Drive
San Rafael, CA 94903
415-472-3170
Equipment for loan on referral by physician.  


Health Express
Marin Senior Coordinating Council, Inc.
930 Tamalpais Ave.
San Rafael, CA 94901
415-457-1392
Medical transportation for persons over sixty years of age or who
have a disability living in Novato area.  Transportation may only
be reserved for appointments with doctors or hospitals in the
Novato area.  No dental or therapy transportation may be provided.  
Rides are free of charge and are booked up to three weeks in
advance.  No application process is required.  

Jewish Family and Children's Services
200 N. San Pedro Road
San Rafael, CA 94903
415-507-0564
Multipurpose Senior Service Program (MSSP)- A no fee case management
program for individuals 65 years or older, who are at risk of
placement in a skilled nursing facility, and who are eligible for 
Medi-Cal.  Linkages - A voluntary case management program for 
Marin residents 18 years and older, who have a disability that is 
threatening their independent living.  Voluntary contributions 
accepted, but no eligible individuals will be denied service due
to an inability to contribute.  

Marin AIDS Projects
1660 Second Street
San Rafael, CA 94901
415-457-2487
Free confidential services to people with AIDS/HIV.

Marin County Dental Society
30 North San Pedro Road, #155
San Rafael, CA 94903
415-472-7974
Referral for dental care; Senior-Dent program for income-eligible
seniors.

Ombudsman Program
10 North San Pedro Road, #1024
San Rafael, CA 94903
415-499-7446
Places "ombudsmen" in Marin nursing homes to mediate
misunderstandings between patients and staff.

Reach to Recovery
25 Bellam St., #150
San Rafael, CA 94901
415-454-8464
Information, advice and support for breast cancer patients from
diagnosis thru recovery.

San Francisco Bay Area Network for End-of-Life Care
P.O. Box 3064
San Rafael, CA 94912  
1-877-4EOL-NET
http://www.sfeol.net
A membership and networking group open to organizations, individuals, and students involved in end-of-life care in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Suicide Prevention and Community Counseling
P.O. Box 4369
San Rafael, CA 94913-4369
Contact Person: Linda Allen
415-499-1193 (business line)
415-499-1100 (24-hour suicide and crisis hotline)
415-499-1195 (24 hour grief counseling line)
http://www.fsamarin.org
Suicide suicide survivor groups are held twice a year, 8-week 
series held in Spring and Fall; $20 per session (sliding scale).
To enroll, call the Grief Counselling line.  Grief counselling
available at no charge to persons who live in Marin County who
have lost a loved one within the past year.  Same service is
available to persons outside Marin County on a sliding scale.
Parent organization is Family Service Agency of Marin.

Whistlestop Wheels
Marin Senior Coordinating Council, Inc.
930 Tamalpais Ave.
San Rafael, CA 94901
415-456-9062 (main office)
415-454-0964 (scheduling rides)
800-454-0964 (outside central Marin)
Transportation for the elderly and disabled who are, due to their
condition, unable to use public fixed route transit such as Golden
Gate Transit.  An application to use the service must be completed
prior to service.  No limit on type of rides requested (medical,
shopping, etc.).  Fares are $1.25 within Marin County.  Fares vary
by trip length to San Francisco and Sonoma Counties.  Office hours
are seven days a week, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  Please call for further
information.  

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Center for Living With Dying
(part of the Bill Wilson Center)
1265 El Camino Real, Suite 208
Santa Clara, CA 95050
408-553-6950
Grief and bereavement support for individuals, groups, youth and their
families; critical incident stress management services for organizations.
http://www.billwilsoncenter.org/thecentre/

Heart of the Valley, Services for Seniors
890 Main Street
Santa Clara, CA 95051
408-241-1571
Services include light housekeeping, handyman, assistance with 
paperwork, yard work, meal prep, shopping, errands, respite. 
No personal care.  Single service, need to call for each request
for service.  Long term needs will be referred to appropriate
agencies.  Serves seniors in the West Valley area.  Call for zip
code service areas.  

Home Health Plus
2005 De La Cruz Blvd., Suite 271
Santa Clara                           CA     95050
408-986-1801
408-986-0354 fax
In-home skilled nursing and hospice services.
Medicare certified.

Parents Helping Parents
3041 Olcott Street
Santa Clara, CA 95054-3222
408-982-9653
408-727-5775, ext. 170
408-727-0182 fax
http://www.php.com
A parent-directed Family Resource Center in Santa Clara county,
California, serving children with special needs, their families,
and the professionals who serve them.  Covers children who have
a variety of needs, including illness or limited life expectancy
as well as other non-medical issues.  Provides information and
referral services for children with disabilities.  Their
Touchstone Support Network is a support program for families of
children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses.  Web site
includes a searchable directory of pediatric resources for many
specific illnesses.

Parents of Murdered Children (POMC)
Peninsula/South Bay Chapter
831-426-0874 (Chapter Leader, Claudia Place)
Non-profit self-help organization offering emotional support and
information about surviving the loss of a loved one to murder.
Meets at The Centre for Living with Dying, 554 Mansion Park Drive,
Santa Clara, CA. The Centre's number is 408-980-9801.
http://members.tripod.com/pomcca/

Santa Clara Senior Center
1303 Fremont Street
Santa Clara, CA 95050
408-984-3266
408-246-0176 (fax)
Offers referrals of private home care workers to older or 
disabled residents of the city of Santa Clara who wish to remain
in their own homes.  Workers are available for light housekeeping,
meal preparation, personal care, companionship and transportation.  
Part-time or live-in help available.  Workers are hired directly 
by the person needing help, who is responsible for payment for 
services rendered.  Hours: M-F 8am - 5pm; Sat/Sun 12pm - 4pm.  

Silicon Valley Independent Living Center
1601 Civic Center Dr., #100
Santa Clara, CA 95050
408-985-1243
408-985-9243 TTY
Provides a limited number of wheelchairs to residents of Santa
Clara County, short-term.  A doctor's prescription may be needed.
You must be a client of the agency.  Monthly rental fee.  Other 
languages: Hindi, Maranthi, Spanish by appointment.  

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CONTACT of Santa Clara County
408-279-8228 (24 hours)
Suicide and Crisis
408-279-3312 (24 hours)
650-494-8420 North County
408-683-2482 South County
Provides immediate emotional support and reassurance to anyone
who needs the service.  Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week.  

Funeral & Cremation Reference Service
408-998-2226
408-998-0677 (fax)
Information relating to cemetery information, veterans and 
social security benefits, out of state transportation, funeral
costs, burial at sea, and cremation costs.  (A community service
of Darling Fischer Mortuaries).

Medicare
800-772-1213

Santa Clara County Medical Association
408-998-5700

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Santa Cruz County End-of-Life Coalition
Attention: Salima Cobb
6851 Soquel Drive
Aptos, CA 95003
http://scceolc.org  
831-469-6222
Inquires can also be sent by email to [email protected] 

Suicide Prevention Service of the Central Coast
877-663-5433  (Toll Free in Tri-county area)
831-649-8008  (Monterey Peninsula local number)
831-458-5300  (Santa Cruz local number)
Operates a 24-hour multilingual suicide and crisis hotline
staffed by trained volunteers.  Covers Santa Cruz county,
Monterey county, and San Benito county, but hotline is available
to anyone who calls the local numbers 831-649-8008 or 831-458-5300. 
Provides community education/prevention outreach and education
programs for schools in the Tri-county area. Provides grief
support for anyone who has lost a loved one due to suicide
or any sudden death.  Provides free support groups for anyone
in the Tri-county area who has lost a loved one to suicide.
Hotline also provides grief support for anyone affected by suicide.  

Visiting Nurse Association of Santa Cruz County/Mid-Coast VNA
1041 41st Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
831-475-1501
831-479-4230  (fax)
[email protected]  (e-mail)
http://[email protected]  
Home health care, nursing services, Medicare and private pay, 
personal care, maternal child care, mental health, CHF Management
Program, infusion therapy, respite care, Post-op Open Heart
Surgery Program.

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Alzheimer's Task Force
P.O. Box 4900 
Santa Rosa, CA 95402
707-528-8712
Meets first Wednesday of every month.

American Cancer Society
1451 Guernville Rd., Ste. 220
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
707-545-6720
Groups in Santa Rosa, Petaluma, and Healdsburg.  Call for 
information.

American Heart Association
1400 North Dutton Avenue, #20
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
707-542-1992
Information and education regarding heart disease.

American Lung Association
115 Talbot Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
707-527-5864

American Lung Association of the Redwood Empire
P.O. Box 1746
Santa Rosa, CA 94502
800-586-4872
Information and education on respiratory disease. 

Council on Aging
730 Bennett Valley Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
707-525-0143
800-675-0143

Diabetes Society of Sonoma County
2777 Cleveland Ave., Ste. 101
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
707-578-0887

Face-to-Face AIDS Support Program
873 Second St.
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
707-869-7390; 707-544-1581

Family and Community Counseling Services
751 Lombardi Court
Santa Rosa, CA 95407
707-545-4551

Family Practice Center
3320 Chanate Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
707-576-4100

Heart to Heart Medical Center
175 Airport Blvd.
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
707-524-9640

Home Health Plus Hospice
3558 Round Barn Blvd., Ste. 212
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
707-523-0111

Hospital Chaplaincy Services
320 College Ave., Ste. 310
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
707-566-9600

Human Services Department, County of Sonoma
2550 Paulin Dr.
Santa Rosa, CA 95401 
707-527-2108
800-325-9604

Jewish Family and Children's Services
320 College Ave., Ste. 205
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
707-571-8131

Mediprime (Health Plan of the Redwoods)
3033 Cleveland Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
707-525-4300  (current members)
707-525-4200  (to apply)

Medshares Hospice of Coastal California
2421 Mendocino Ave., Ste. 150
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
707-528-4663

Memorial Hospice
558 B Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
707-568-1094

North Coast Health Care Center
A Division of Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital
Fulton Center
1287 Fulton Rd.
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
707-543-2460

Primose Special Alzheimer's Living
2080 Guerneville Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
707-578-8360 

Psychiatric Emergency Services, County of Sonoma
3322 Chanate Rd.
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
707-576-8181; 800-746-8181
24-Hour Crisis Intervention and Referrals.

Redwood Caregiver Resource Center
P.O. Box 1556 
Santa Rosa, CA 95402
707-542-0282; 800-834-1636

Redwood Empire Food Bank Brown Bag Program
3320 Industrial Dr.
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
707-523-7900
Voluntary donations requested, senior 60 or older, and fixed low
income level.  Call for information on community distribution 
sites.  

Senior Health Center
Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa
625 Steele Lane
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
707-573-5259

Sonoma County Indian Health Project
791 Lombardi Court, Ste. 101
Santa Rosa, CA 95407
707-544-4056

Sonoma County Kidney Crisis Foundation
P.O. Box 9002
Santa Rosa, CA 95405
707-525-4662

Sonoma County Mental Health Services
Older Adults Program 
3322 Chanate Rd.
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
707-565-4857

Southwest Community Health Center
751 Lombardi Court
Santa Rosa, CA 95407
707-547-2222

Sutter VNA & Hospice
1110 North Dutton Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
707-542-5045
Home care and hospice services provided in Alameda, Contra Costa,
San Mateo, Solano, Sonoma, and other Northern California counties.
VNA & Hospice provides hospice care for patients and their families
from five local offices in Emeryville, Santa Rosa, San Mateo,
Concord, and San Leandro.  Services include: care at home, at
skilled nursing facilities, and at residential care facilities;
pain management and symptom control; 24-hour phone consultation;
after-hour emergency visits; medical social workers; personal care,
massage therapy; chaplains, volunteer services; respite care; 
bereavement support; information and referral services; crisis
consultation; and community education services.  Bereavement
programs serve all persons in grief with professional individual
and family counseling, support groups, and other programs.  Prior
to October 1, 2000, the agency's name was "VNA & Hospice of Northern
California."

Sutter VNA & Hospice
Bereavement Services
1110 N. Dutton Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Group Name: Survivors of Suicide
Contact Persons: Valerie Waidler, Margo Requarth
707-535-5780

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Cremation & Funeral Resources Service
12341 Saratoga/Sunnyvale Rd
Saratoga, CA 95070
408-257-6839
408-257-0104 (fax)
www.saratogafuneral.com
Resource information on death services, cremation, cemetery, 
funeral prices, out of state and out of country transportation,
veterans benefits, social security benefits, consumer and 
government organizations, cemetery and funeral legal requirements.
(A community service of Saratoga-Cupertino Funeral Home).  

Saratoga Adult Care Center
19655 Allendale Avenue
Saratoga, CA 95070
408-868-1262
Provides respite for caregivers and day program for the frail 
elderly.  Physical and mental stimulation through social 
activities.  Caregiver support group is also offered.  Sliding
scale available.  Hours: M-F 10am - 3pm; Office hours: 
M-F 9am - 5pm.  Extended hours available by arrangement.  

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Center for Attitudinal Healing
33 Buchanan Drive
Sausalito                            CA     94965
415-331-6161
415-331-4545 fax
www.healingcenter.org 
The Center provides direct emotional and spiritual support for
people dealing with life-threatening illness, loss, and grief.
Support groups meet weekly.  Also offers workshops and
trainings suitable for professionals seeking CEU credits.
Intern program for people seeking credential hours.  Home and
hospital visiting program available.  Support groups for
HIV/AIDS, women with metastacized breast cancer, and caregivers.
Bereavement support for parents, spouses and general loss.
Direct support services are free; trainings are fee-based.
Call for intake prior to attending a group.

Fiedler Financial
3030 Bridgeway, Suite 230
Sausalito, CA
Electronic mail: [email protected] (Carole Fiedler)
Phone: 415-332-1444
Viatical settlement broker, assisting people living with terminal
illness access cash from their life insurance policies.  

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Adult Protective Services
Department of Social Services
1281 Broadway Ave.
Seaside, CA 93955
831-899-8010; 831-385-7400
Adult Protective Services are those activities undertaken by social
work staff to provide immediate response, emergency and goal 
oriented services, and information and referral to dependent adults
and elderly persons in need of protection.  The goal of the program
is to prevent or remedy neglect, abuse, or exploitation of dependent
adults and elderly persons unable to protect their own interests. 

Visiting Nurse Association
200 Coe Ave.
Seaside, CA 93955
831-899-7178
This Visiting Nurse Association MPUSD Adult School Program
provides adult day care for dementia-impaired adults, support
group for caregivers, lending library regarding Alzheimer's
disease and other diseases common to the aging population.  
Hours: Monday through Friday 9:00am - 3:00pm.  

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Natural Death Care Project
514 Parquet Street
Sebastopol                           CA     95472
707-824-0268
A not-for-profit community group that provides information on how to
care for one's own dead with no or minimal assistance from
professional funeral directors. Prior to death will meet with a family
to help plan a home funeral. Will assist with permits if needed, will
help build a casket, and will provide peer counseling.
Non-denominational; can accomodate various religious needs.  Assists
families througout the San Francisco Bay.
Donations are requested but not required.
Jerri Lyons, Executive Director

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Council on Aging, Sonoma Respite
264 First Street East
Sonoma, CA 95476
707-935-0850
Offers Alzheimer's respite care. 

Sonoma Valley Community Health Center
430 West Napa St., Ste. F
Sonoma, CA 95476
707-939-6070

Valley of the Moon Hospice
370 West Napa
Sonoma, CA 95476
707-935-7504

Willmar Center for Bereaved Children
PO Box 1374 
Sonoma, CA 95476
707-935-1946
www.willmarcenter.org
Serves children and teenagers who have experienced the death of
a loved one from illness, accident, suicide or homicide, or who
have a loved one with a life-threatinging illness.

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Alzheimer's Association
415-472-4340
800-660-1993

Catholic Charities Alzheimer's Respite Center
707-528-8712
Sites in Santa Rosa and Sebastopol.

Community Network Journey Project
707-539-2364
[email protected] (Susan Keller)
Conducts community outreach activities related to end-of-life care.

Coping with Cancer
707-938-2461
A peer support group.

Council on Aging Senior Dining Sites
Provides a hot meal for seniors over sixty once a day, Monday
through Friday.  Reservations must be made at least one day in
advance.  Donations of $2.50 are encouraged.   
Cloverdale  707-894-4826
Forestville  707-887-1070
Guerneville  707-869-0618
Healdsburg  707-433-7515
Occidental  707-829-2919
Rohnert Park  707-585-6787
Santa Rosa  707-525-4487; 707-545-8608
Sebastopol  707-829-2231
Sonoma  707-996-1414
Windsor  707-838-9261
 
End of Life Care Alliance of Sonoma County
707-539-2364
[email protected] (Susan Keller)
Networking for providers of end-of-life care services in Sonoma County.

Family and Community Counseling Services
707-996-5578

Healdsburg Cancer Support Group
707-431-3324

Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP)
800-303-4477
Provides counseling for people on Medicare and can review
Medicare/HMO's or managed care options.

Health Net Seniority Plus
800-935-6565 ext.530

Kaiser Hospital Breat Cancer Support Group
707-571-4698

Kaiser Permanente Senior Advantage
800-814-0888

Lupus Foundation of America
800-426-6026

Meals on Wheels
Programs that prepare and deliver regular hot meals to elderly
and disabled individuals who are unable to shop for and/or 
prepare the food for themselves or travel to a site where a meal
is being served.  
Petaluma  707-765-8490
Sonoma  707-935-9141
Guerneville  707-869-0618
Other areas  707-525-0383; 707-525-0143

Mourning After
Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital
707-546-3210 ext.6105

Olsten Health Services
707-545-7114

Ombudsman Program of Sonoma County
707-526-4108
Counseling for long-term care placement.

Share and Care of Sonoma County
707-542-0282
Provides counseling for families and caregivers dealing with 
Alzheimer's and other brain disorders.

Stroke Club of Sonoma County
707-431-7352

You Are Not Alone Support Group
707-528-8712
Provides counseling for families and caregivers dealing with 
Alzheimer's and other brain disorders.

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South San Francisco                  CA
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Kaiser Permanente South San Francisco
Hospice Program
1200 El Camino Real
South San Francisco                  CA     94080
650-742-2661
In-home and residential hospice and bereavement services for Kaiser
members and their families.  Health Education offers additional
bereavement services for the general public (650-742-2439).
Medicare certified and part of Kaiser benefits.

Kaiser Permanente South San Francisco
Hospice and Bereavement Services
Health Education Department
1200 El Camino Real
South San Francisco                  CA     94080
650-742-2439
Offers bereavement services for the general public, not limited to
Kaiser members.  Ongoing dropin support group for adults who have
experienced the death of a loved one.  Also offers a support group
for parents who have lost a child, and support for persons affected
by HIV disease.  Offer in-home hospice services.  Can provide
referrals to skilled nursing facilities with hospice services 
provided via Kaiser. No charge for services.

Medical Care Professionals
363 El Camino Real, #215
South San Francisco			 CA	  94080
650-583-9898

Pathways Home Health, Hospice and Private Duty
395 Oyster Point Blvd., Suite 128
South San Francisco, CA 94080
1-888-755-7855 toll free telephone
415-567-5973 telephone
650-634-0133 telephone
See main listing for Pathways Home Health, Hospice and Private Duty (Oakland office)
www.pathwayshealth.org

South San Francisco Adult Day Care Center
601 Grand Avenue
South San Francisco			 CA	  94080
650-829-3824

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Stanford HomeCare and Hospice
300 Pasteur Drive, MC5520
Stanford 					 CA	  94305
650-723-3146; 650-723-1600
Accepts Medicare and/or Medi-Cal.

Surviving Painful Decisions
Genetic Support Group
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford                             CA     94305-5317
650-723-5198
650-725-2878 fax
Provides support for couples and individuals who are considering
terminating or have terminated a pregnancy due to genetic
abnormalities in the fetus.  Connected with Stanford Medical Center.
Provides referrals to similar resources.
Free service.
Sylvie Parkin, Genetic Counselor
Jane Zimmerman, Social Worker

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Sunnyvale                            CA
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Parkinson's Institute
1170 Morse Ave.
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
408-734-2800
A clinic to treat patients with Parkinson's Disease and related
disorders such as essential tremor, progressive supranuclear palsy,
Huntington's Diesease, Tourette Syndrome, and Dystonia.  Provides
comprehensive services including medical assessments and diagnosis,
physical therapy, and educational and support programs for
patients and caregivers.  Conducts research to find cause of and 
cure for Parkinson's Disease and related movement disorders.  The
Institute continues to accept brain donations for its ongoing 
research to find the cause of and eventual cure for Parkinson's 
Disease and other movemetn disorders.  

Sunnyvale Senior Day Services
1025 The Dallas Ave.
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
408-746-3066
Programs for social and recreational activities.  Special financial
arrangements can be made.  Other languages: Spanish & Tagalog.  
Hours: M,T,W and F 9am - 3pm.  

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Cancer Information Service of N. California & Nevada
32960 Alvarado-Niles Road #600
P.O. Box 5033
Union City, CA 94587
800-422-6237
510-429-2550 (fax)
Provides information and support programs to cancer patients
and their families.  Information ranges from community support
services to state-of-the-art cancer treatment.  Other languages:
Spanish.  Hours: M-F 9am - 4:30pm.  

Kaiser Permanente Hospice
30116 Eigenbrodt Way
Union City                           CA     94587
510-675-5777
510-675-5778 fax
Home health hospice care, and short-term in-hospital care.
Bereavement services for patients and families of patients.
Catchment area includes Hayward, Fremont, and Castro Valley.
Medicare certified.

South County Infant Loss Project
33255 - 9th Street
Union City                           CA     94587
510-471-5880
Eligible families are those who experience a neonatal or post neonatal
death.  Provides case management, support, referral and follow-up
services to families in the South County area who experience the loss
of an infant.

Tiburcio Vasquez Center
33255 - 9th Street
Union City                           CA     94587
510-471-5880
Caseworkers serve San Leandro and South Bay Spanish-speaking families
who have had fetal and infant loss.

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Vacaville                            CA
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Compassionate Friends
Solano County Chapter
1860 Brookwood Dr.
Vacaville                            CA     95687
707-448-4699
A volunteer-based self-help group for bereaved parents and siblings.
Free program.
Patti Hadrava

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Vallejo                              CA
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Catholic Social Services
745 Georgia Street
Vallejo                              CA     94590
707-644-9062
General bereavement support group.

First Baptist Church
Grief Recovery Seminars
2025 Sonoma Blvd.
Vallejo                              CA
707-642-7148
Structured classes about grief.  Not a support group.
No fee.

Quality Nursing Registry, Inc.
2900C Sonoma Blvd.
Vallejo, CA 94590
1-866-557-6802, 707-557-6800
www.qualitynursingregistry.com
Staffing for hospitals, nursing homes, convalescent homes, and
home companion service.  This agency sponsors foreign nurses.
Fee-based service.

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Walnut Creek                         CA
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Awakening
A Center for Exploring Living and Dying
227 Los Banos Ave.
Walnut Creek                         CA     94598
925-933-7171
Counseling for individuals and couples, and group support. 
Spiritual explorations of how pain and loss transform our lives.  

Compassionate Friends
Contra Costa County Chapter
P. O. Box 5523
Walnut Creek                         CA     94596-1523
925-284-CARE (2273)
Counseling for parents grieving the death of a child.  Grandparents
and adult siblings are welcome.  Newsletter, lending library, and
referrals available.  Meetings held in Richmond and Walnut Creek.  
Sibling Grief Support Group (Contra Costa)
260 Walnut Avenue
Walnut Creek				 CA	  94598
925-935-5380
Monthly meeting for siblings age 14 to mid-30s to share feelings
about the death of a brother or sister.  

Jewish Family and Children's Services
1850 Tice Valley Blvd.
Walnut Creek				 CA	  94595
925-927-2000 ext. 367
Grief support group.  Pre-registration required.  

John Muir Hospital
Muir Senior Services
1601 Ygnacio Valley Road
Walnut Creek				 CA	  94598
925-947-3300
Twice-monthly, day-time, drop-in support group.  Group alternates
weeks with the grief support group at Mt. Diablo Medical Center.  

Kaiser Permanente Walnut Creek
Hospice Office
1470 Maria Lane, Suite 220
Walnut Creek                         CA     94596
510-295-4712; 510-259-4700
Hospice services and bereavement support for Kaiser members and their
families.  Non-Kaiser members may attend bereavement groups.
John Bayman

Pet Loss Support Group
Alameda/Contra Costa Veterinary Medical Assn.
1280 Boulevard Way, Suite 207
Walnut Creek                         CA     94595
510-932-0607
Bi-weekly support groups for persons grieving the loss of a pet.
Resource library.  Information and referral services.
Dr. Cecelia Soares

Secure Horizons (Offered by Pacificare)
1333 North California Blvd., Ste. 140
Walnut Creek, CA 94956
800-228-2144
800-624-1904  (Spanish)

St. John Vianney Catholic Church
Bereavement Support Group
1650 Ygnaciao Valley Road
Walnut Creek                         CA     94598
510-939-7911
Bi-weekly peer facilitated support groups for widows, widowers, and
bereaved parents.  Resource library.

Sister Joan Prohaska
Widow and Widowers Network
2116 N. Main Street #B
Walnut Creek                         CA     94596
925-256-7952
Email  < [email protected] >
Peer facilitated support groups and bereavement support for widows and
widowers. Open to anyone. Provides referrals. Has a newsletter that
provides helpful suggestions to widows and widowers.
Membership fee; newsletter by subscription.
Marty Martorella, President

Widowed Persons Service, Inc.
P. O. Box 505
Walnut Creek                         CA     94597
510-932-3448
Sponsored by the American Association of Retired Persons.  Serves
widows and widowers.  Individual peer counseling.  Weekly peer
facilitated support groups. Monthly topical programs. Social events.
Telephone counseling. Resource library. Information and referral
services.

Women's Miscarriage Support Group
Muir OB-GYN Medical Group
112 La Casa Via, Suite 200
Walnut Creek                         CA     94598
510-933-4747
Professional individual counseling for women who have miscarried.
Professionally facilitated support groups. Telephone counseling.
No fees.
Barbara Barnes, R.N.

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Windsor                              CA
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Primary Care Associates
911 Medical Center Plaza, Ste. 19
Windsor, CA 95492
707-838-6685

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