We wish to do more
Casa de la Luz Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization established in the year 2000. While it was founded by the owners of Casa de la Luz Hospice, it is a completely separate entity, whose activities are governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors. The Foundation serves all patients at end of life, not just those of Casa Hospice. Other healthcare organizations served by the Foundation include Banner Health, Soreo Hospice, Oro Valley and Northwest Hospitals, etc. From 2007-2017, the Foundation’s income has grown by 64% while expense has grown by 50%.
Our growth has enabled us to expand our support to individuals at end of life and their families and to increase our educational offerings for the community.
To provide supplemental support for hospice patients and their loved ones; to educate the community about end of life issues; to support research concerning end of life care.
Hospice patients and their loved ones are empowered to transform the end of life experience into the final act of living well.
Julie Evans, Executive Director
According to my father, I have always been a social worker, so it was apparently no surprise when I chose the field as my profession. I have had the privilege of serving individuals in many diverse settings (HIV/AIDS, homeless healthcare, breast cancer and Parkinson disease) whether as a social worker or a nonprofit executive.
When the opportunity to serve as Executive Director of Casa de la Luz Foundation presented itself, it was the perfect melding of my life’s work. I’m able to connect caring donors, who want to enhance the end of life experience, with hospice patients who are unable to afford necessary items and services not covered by insurance. My goal is to effectively, efficiently and passionately lead the Casa Foundation into a prosperous and impactful future.
Although this is the first time I’ve worked in the field of hospice, it has had a significant impact on my life. When I was seven years old, my mother, who was battling cancer, wished to die at home. Hospice care was not well known or easily accessible at that time, and my dad, fearing the potential effect of children seeing their mother die, took mom to the hospital despite her wishes. This is something that I regret to this day.
Several years later, at the age of 15, my brother was diagnosed with cancer. Although he died within three months, I had the privilege of sharing life with him until the end. We were able to keep him at home with the help of a local hospice. Remembering those moments with my brother brings me lasting comfort.
My most recent experience with hospice was just a few years ago in Virginia, where my dad had retired, and was later diagnosed with cancer. I had the privilege of being with dad during his final moment, having just arrived and sending my sister and step-mom off for respite. I turned on the T.V. to watch Sunday football, a tradition for me and my dad - he died less than an hour later.
Hospice has been a blessing for me, and for the significant people in my life. I am grateful to have benefited from services to which others don’t have access due to lack of knowledge, resources or support. It is an honor to work for the Casa de la Luz Foundation in its vision to transform the end of life experience into the final act of living well!
I would love to hear from you about how we can partner to make the biggest impact in our end of life community. I can be reached via e-mail (email@example.com) or phone (520-351-5441).
Jennifer C. Arvizu, Executive Assistant
As the Executive Assistant with the Casa de la Luz Foundation, I have the great privilege of working with our Executive Director, Board Members and generous donors as we endeavor to achieve the Foundation’s vision to empower hospice patients and their loved ones to transform the end of life experience into the final act of living well.
I developed a deep appreciation for the services that hospice provides when my husband’s grandfather chose Casa de la Luz Hospice after being diagnosed with cancer at the age of 102. After several weeks on hospice, he passed away peacefully surrounded by his family. The care he received in home and later at the hospice inpatient unit was remarkable. The hospice staff not only cared for our grandfather but assisted the family as well in dealing with his transition. I was in awe of the compassion and commitment to superior care that was shown by every staff member.
Several years later, I was hired by Casa de la Luz Hospice as an intake coordinator, assisting patients and families seeking information and support from hospice, and coordinating initial services for newly admitted patients. In my five years with the hospice, assisting in various operational areas, I gained an even bigger appreciation for the care provided by the doctors, nurses, social workers, home health aides, and the operational support staff. During my time at the hospice, I came to realize that hospice was a benefit that too few people were aware of, or had accurate knowledge about, and I was motivated to help spread the message of what an amazing service hospice is at end of life.
When the Executive Assistant position opened up at the Casa de la Luz Foundation, I jumped at the chance to apply and felt like I was coming full circle in my relationship with hospice. Here was my chance to assist patients at end-of-life and to help educate the community on the amazing benefits hospice has to offer.
I am driven and excited to help the Foundation in its missions to provide financial assistance to hospice patients, to educate the community about end of life and the importance of advanced directives and, to promote quality end of life care research. I would love to hear from you about how we can work together to make a difference. I can be reached via e-mail or phone (520-351-5441).
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