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MEDIA RELEASE                                           FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 06.10.20

HCF CEASING OPERATIONS AS GIVING DYNAMICS CHANGE AND NEED FOR HOSPICE IN MISSOULA INCREASES

JUNE 9, 2020 – The Hospice Care Foundation (HCF) has been a trusted giving organization for nearly 40 years. They have many times considered whether they should continue as a stand-alone organization or combine giving efforts with others to better serve the community.

This organization recognizes the Missoula community is experiencing a crisis of its own as the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in lost jobs, lost income and an uncertain future. Whether due to this pandemic or other mitigating factors, many amazing for and not-for-profit organizations are closing down their operations.  In Missoula alone, these include Lucky’s Market, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Missoula, Sears, Living Art of Missoula and WORD.  In a recent “Montana Business Forecast” by Corey Stapleton, he announced that as of April 15th, 11,000 fewer businesses had renewed their registrations compared to the same date the prior year.

Over the last few years, the giving dynamic in Missoula has changed, the need for services has increased and the long-term goals of this organization have altered in response.  In addition to the many long-standing businesses and nonprofits which have shut down, HCF shall cease operations as of June 30, 2020.

HCF will conduct a 3-part shut down, which will directly and positively affect our community.  The shutdown will kick off with a yard sale of its physical assets on June 13, 2020 in the parking lot of the Montgomery Building on Reserve Street in Missoula.  Yard sale will take place from 10 am until 3 pm.

Not only will 50% of the proceeds be funneled as stated down below, but donations are also being accepted for a wonderful Partners employee whose son has cancer.  100% of sales of any donations for this amazing family, to help them in their time of need, will go to them in a lump sum.  In addition,

  1. It will award $25,000 in grants to eight different organizations on or before June 15th.
  2. It will award seed funding to Partners Hope Project ($15,000) which has a goal of bringing a Hospice House to Missoula.
  3. It will turn over all additional financial assets to Partners In Home Care for their Comfort Programs (Pet Therapy, Music Thanatology, Aroma Therapy, etc.), providing services for indigent individuals and assisting families with their final wishes (family reunions, dinners out, household supplies, pet supplies, family photo sessions, etc.).

Hospice Care Foundation contemplated this same giving of assets in 2008, 2013 and now again in 2020.  Due in part to the new pandemic, the giving nature of the community, the inability to fundraise in the current climate and the immediate needs of the hospice community of Western Montana, HCF will be giving with a happy heart to Partners In Home Care and recommends its donors, sponsors and volunteers work with Partners In Home Care and the Partners Hope Project in the future.

The Board of Directors of HCF sincerely thanks the people of Missoula for all the support they have received for so many years.  As the doors close on the Hospice Care Foundation, they wish Missoula many wonderful years of open doors and open hearts. The Board thanks Partners In Home Care and the Partners Hope Project for picking up where we leave off and continuing to serve the community utilizing the support we can offer.