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Mom’s wisdom never dies

by Craig Dresang, CEO

May 21, 2023

During the summer of 2022, I crossed an invisible mile marker, reaching a more advanced age than my mom did when she died. From that scorching August day forward, I felt that every new day would be uncharted territory.

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Surprising and little-known facts about hospice

by Craig Dresang, CEO

April 20, 2023

Death is inevitable, but it does not always need to become a tragic string of crises. More often than not, people living with a life-limiting illness will say, “I wish I knew about hospice earlier.”

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California Hospice Network Affiliate CEO pens opening chapter for End-of-Life Ethics in a Changing World

by Gia Martucci, Marketing and Communications Specialist

April 7, 2023

The Hospice Foundation of America’s (HFA) newest book, End-of-Life Ethics in a Changing World, begins with a rather provocative opening chapter written by Sacramentan Craig Dresang of the California Hospice Network (CHN).

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Center for Loss & Hope continues to evolve

by Chris Erdman, Center for Loss & Hope Manager

March 20, 2023

The YoloCares Center for Loss & Hope exists to help hospice patients, their loved ones, and members of the broader community, journey through experiences of loss and grief.

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Galileo Place a safety net for caregivers

by Craig Dresang, CEO

February 20, 2023

After Betty Mundy’s husband, Jack, received an early diagnosis of dementia she faced a swirl of conflicting emotions that ranged from relief to overwhelming worry about the future.

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Being board strong

by Craig Dresang, CEO

January 20, 2023

The weighty work of a nonprofit board is no small thing. A board holds the power to make an organization live up to its highest calling and to shine its brightest light, but it can also threaten an organization’s purpose and even its very existence.

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The healing power of story

by Craig Dresang, CEO

December 20, 2022

Storytelling is powerful medicine. Sometimes, storytelling can deliver a level and type of comfort to a patient or family that no amount of prescription medications can touch.

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Finding peace at the end

by Craig Dresang, CEO

November 20, 2022

When YoloCares affiliated with the California Hospice Network in 2021, it acquired the collaborative energy and leadership of some of California’s leading minds in end-of-life care.

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A father’s farewell

by Craig Dresang, CEO

October 20, 2022

Death is always a surprise. Rarely, is someone fully prepared for it, and few people expect it when it finally comes for them.

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Where there is loss, there is hope

by Craig Dresang, CEO

September 17, 2022

Loss is an inevitable part of life. Being alive means being vulnerable to both ordinary and extraordinary loss. Sometimes losses are expected. Other times loss arrives as an unwelcome surprise.

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Four regional leaders join the team

by Craig Dresang, CEO

August 20, 2022

As YoloCares continues to build out its leadership team, the organization has added three new members to its board of directors and appointed a new manager for its Center for Loss and Hope.

Chart showing 45% of Californians are in hospice care at time of death

Reconciling California’s history with access to care

by Craig Dresang, CEO

July 16, 2022

Two years ago, YoloCares was awarded a grant from the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation to research, explore, and address the barriers to care for indigenous and rural populations.

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Celebrate PRIDE, but keep pushing

by Craig Dresang, CEO

June 18, 2022

Harry Root was 86 when I first met him. He was always cheerful and despite his age and many ailments he moved about his business like a slightly injured Energizer Bunny with ruffled white hair.

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Corporate America and the monetizing of a movement

by Craig Dresang, CEO

May 15, 2022

Madalon Amenta, a founding mother of hospice in the United States and a 93-year-old YoloCares board member, has often said, “Our agency’s roots stem from the civil rights movement. Hospice itself was a powerful grassroots movement long before it became an industry.”

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YoloCares draws thought leaders for national summit

by Craig Dresang, CEO

March 22, 2022

After working with 1,000 healthcare and hospice organizations during a three-decade career, Andrew Reed, founder of Multi-View Inc. (a premier hospice teaching company), recently said, “I am convinced that the best hospices see themselves as teaching institutions as much as they are care organizations.”

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One man’s journey through, and back to, hospice

By: Craig Dresang, CEO

February 4, 2022

It was a hot muggy Midwestern July when I left my home in Chicago to spend the weekend with my parents in northern Wisconsin. 90 degrees and 90 percent humidity. The air was thick with the smell of pine, birch, and fresh rain. Lightening from passing thunderstorms flashed in the distance.

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A Chance to Strengthen Yolo’s Safety Net

by Craig Dresang, CEO

December 19, 2021

Earlier this year, when it was announced that the City of Davis would receive nearly $20 million and Yolo County would collect $43 million from the federal stimulus initiative called The American Rescue Plan, YoloCares submitted a funding request to address the housing and healthcare needs of those who are terminally ill and homeless.