Pathways Volunteer Hospice started 1985 in the basement of Lakewood Regional Medical Center as a community outreach program and has grown since then. In the last 30 years Pathways has expanded to offer many additional programs while they still stay true to their mission of being a “non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to providing compassionate care to families living with illness and loss.”
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, care giving 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.
Cindy’s talk gave us insight into the many programs Pathways offer and what they are doing during the COVID-19 crisis. Cindy described hospice as not something you can decide to go into at any time. Hospice is a care plan for someone who has a terminal illness, who chooses not to have treatment, or there isn’t a treatment, and could claim their lives in six months. Pathway’s hospice is a volunteer center that does not charge the patient. Pathways volunteers are recruited and go through a training process. Additionally, Cindy spoke about Pathway’s many programs they offer such as grief support groups, widows’ groups, and children’s groups for children who have lost someone in their lives. In the 1990’s they started a campus outreach program and in the late 1990’s they started a care giving program for people who aren’t accepted for hospice. Pathways is currently acting as a emergency service, checking in seniors and making sure they have essentials like food, clothing, and toiletries.
Cindy Skovgard and Pathways Volunteer Hospice are not like every other hospice. Their volunteers with make you feel comfortable and feel like family. If you know anyone who might be struggling or in need of a lifeline, please contact Cindy. There many years in the field has helped them guide clients through all of the red tape to get them the help they need.
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