Our Mission is to serve the Southern Kenai Peninsula by providing comfort, dignity, and choice through care, support, and education to the frail and isolated and to those facing end-of-life issues. Hospice of Homer is more than end of life care.

History of Hospice of Homer

Hospice of Homer was started in 1985 after Jean Hatfield, a community member, experienced the caring support of a hospice program in another part of the country. She decided that we needed the same level of care in the Homer area. To lay the groundwork for the program, Jean formed a committee of community members, many of whom had experienced firsthand the stress of caring for a terminally ill family member. The founders envisioned a personal, neighbor-helping-neighbor program. Today Hospice continues to live out that vision offering a coordinated program of non-medical, supportive care that encompasses the physical, psychological, social, spiritual and emotional needs of those facing life-threatening illness or the transition process of dying.

In 2000, Hospice of Homer added the Volunteer Visitor and Phone Friends Program. This program provides services to the frail and isolated.

Hospice of Homer relies on community involvement and support. The Hospice Board of Directors oversees the management of the organization with volunteer members drawn from all parts of the community. There are three part-time paid staff persons coordinating direct client services, public outreach efforts, training of volunteers, the medical equipment loan program, support groups, fundraising efforts and office administration. Trained volunteers provide the majority of direct care services.

Service Area

Hospice of Homer (HOH) serves the southern Kenai Peninsula from Ninilchik south to Homer. HOH also serves Seldovia, Halibut Cove, Nanwalek and Port Graham across Kachemak Bay, which are accessible only by air or boat. We provide a full range of services to Anchor Point, Ninilchik, Homer and the surrounding area with limited services provided to areas across the Bay.

Join Our Circles of Giving

Fellowship Circle
(up to $100)

Caring Circle
($101 to $249)

Kindness Circle
($250 - $364)

$-A-Day Sponsor
($365 per year)

Dignity Circle
($365 - $999)

Commitment Circle
($1000+)

Other donation options

Give a yearly donation to Hospice of Homer.

Regular small donations provide steady income to us throughout the year and are easier on your cash flow. You will be acknowledged for every contribution and can opt out at any time.

Make a Monthly Donation

Give a donation in memory of a dear one that will be recognized in the Hospice of Homer newsletter.

Make a Donation In Memorium

In the $-A-Day Program, each sponsor gives one dollar per day ($365/year) to support the work of Hospice of Homer. HOH sends an invoice monthly, bimonthly, quarterly, semiannually or annually; whatever works best for the sponsor. Sponsors are thanked in the Hospice newsletter and once a year in the Homer News. Names of sponsors are posted in the HOH office.

Make a $-a-day Donation

The fund is to honor Peter Larson’s contribution to Hospice and the community. The purpose of the Peter Larson Compassion in Action Fund is to provide long-term support for Hospice and its community. The Compassion In Action Fund provides an opportunity for community members to leave a legacy of caring through a donation to the Fund.

Donate to the Peter Larson Fund

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Donate through your workplace

You may be able to double or triple your already generous donation to Hospice of Homer! Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions made by their employees. Some companies also match gifts made by retirees and/or their spouses. If your company has a matching gift program, request a matching gift form from your Human Resources Department and send it completed and signed with your gift or shortly after you have made your gift. We will do the rest.

Please remember Hospice of Homer when making a charitable contribution through payroll deductions. If you or someone you know works for a company that participates in the United Way, please consider making a designated contribution through UW.

Leave a legacy that will improve end-of-life care for people in need for many years to come. Your legacy gifts ensure the continuation and expansion of Hospice of Homer. Please contact your attorney for information and update laws.

You may include Hospice of Homer when preparing your will, or ask your estate planner to add a codicil to an existing will designating Hospice of Homer when preparing your will, or ask your estate planner to add a codicil to an existing will designating Hospice of Homer as a charitable beneficiary. You may choose to leave any combination of:

  • A specific dollar amount.
  • A specific percentage, or all, of your residuary estate – the remainder left after bequests to others, debts and expenses are paid.
  • A gift in trust that pays a portion of the trust property to individual beneficiaries and a portion to Hospice of Homer.

You may designate Hospice of Homer as the beneficiary of the insurance policy. You will be entitled to an income tax charitable deduction in the year of your gift.

The principal advantage of donating retirement plan assets to Hospice of Homer is that you avoid all income and estate taxes. If you leave these assets to a non-spousal individual beneficiary, they are subject to extremely high estate tax and income taxes. You may instruct the institution that handles your retirement accounts to designate Hospice of Homer as the beneficiary of your IRA or pension plan..

Transfer assets to a trustee and each year you and/or someone you have designated will receive income from the trust. The trust may last either for a term of years or for life. The trust allows you to receive an income tax deduction now, arrange for tax-free growth of retirement assets, and receive a retirement income from the trust when you retire. When the trust ends, the remaining trust assets will pass to Hospice of Homer.

Donating in stocks to Hospice of Homer can give you significant income tax savings.

Hospice of Homer is a qaulified 501(c)3 chartiable organization. Tax ID: 92-0115943