CARLSBAD — Hospice of the North Coast, or HNC, has celebrated 30 years of serving the community by purchasing a permanent home at 2525 Pio Pico Drive, Suite 301. HNC moved to the three-story, 9,000-square-foot facility from its former 5,000-square-foot location at 5441 Avenida Encinas in mid-November.
HNC Executive Director Nerice Kaufman said she and her staff are excited to move forward to serve the community better.
“Previously, our three dozen employees worked out of rather cramped surroundings,” Kaufman said. “Our new facility boasts an education center, three conference rooms and a lovely outdoor garden with soothing water features in an enclosed courtyard. The location’s proximity to I-5 and Highway 78 will be very convenient for our staff and volunteers, who often visit clients at their North County homes. Our new facility will be very welcoming for people attending on-site bereavement groups. The building also offers room to expand our services and value to the community.”
Filling a need and a niche was the original impetus for the establishment of HNC, which was started by volunteers from St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Encinitas in 1980. Today, HNC is one of only three free-standing nonprofit hospices operating in San Diego County.
“2010 has been an exhilarating year of growth for HNC,” Kaufman added. “We have amassed a great team of highly respected, committed board members; experienced, caring staff; and extremely dedicated volunteers. We have brought activities such as Camp H.O.P.E. back to the community. We are strengthening and expanding our outreach and education programs. We are renovating our website and pursuing other communication efforts that enhance our benefit to clients and our value to the community. Our renewed dedication and breadth of services are highlighted in a video that airs on our web site at www.hospicenorthcoast.org.”
HNC was established in 1980 to fill the need for comprehensive, compassionate hospice care in North County. Since its inception, it has grown in services, staff and clients; it currently provides a full spectrum of programs to terminally ill clients and their families, including bereavement support. To fulfill its mission of maintaining dignity, comfort and the highest quality of life for those it serves, regardless of ability to pay, HNC hosts fundraising events, operates a family support camp and resale shop and maintains a cadre of volunteers.