On Monday, January 7th the Executives Association of Long Beach met for their weekly networking luncheon to hear from Cindy Skovgard of Pathways Volunteer Hospice.
Pathways Volunteer Hospice (Pathways), a community-based volunteer model hospice, began as a community outreach program in 1985, developed by Lakewood Regional Medical Center. Our mission is "to provide compassionate care to families living with illness and loss," and is achieved by three core programs: volunteer caregiving for the frail-elderly and chronically ill, hospice care for patients and their families struggling with a life-limiting illness, and bereavement counseling and support for children, adults and families in grief.
For over 33 years, Pathways has served numerous cities including Lakewood, Long Beach, Cerritos, Bellflower, Paramount, Artesia, Downey, Cypress, Los Alamitos, Seal Beach, Carson, and Hawaiian Gardens, as well as West Orange County. The Interfaith Volunteer Caregiving Program has expanded to encompass a new population – the older adult residents of Leisure World Seal Beach and it is now the Pathways Care Navigation Program (CNP).
Cindy Skovgard has been involved in community relations, fundraising and non-profit management for over 38 years. Her depth of experience has helped Pathways gain its reputation in the community as the organization people turn to for hospice, caregiving services and bereavement support. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Development from California State University Long Beach, with an emphasis in behavior modification. In her professional positions she has served as Executive Director for the Greater Long Beach, Mission Valley and Fullerton YMCA’s, Assistant Director of Development for St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, and a Public Relations Consultant for KBE. For over 23 years, Cindy has been at the helm of Pathways coordinating community outreach efforts, special events, volunteer training, grant writing, a speaker’s bureau and a number of community collaborations.