Community Hospice 20th Annual Gala

March 22, 2021


For Immediate Release

Contact: Kristin Mostowski, Director of Public Relations | Community Hospice | [email protected] | 209.578.6301

March 19, 2021


Community Hospice Foundation 20th Annual Gala

Route 66 Road Trip Edition

WHAT:  Get your kicks on Route 66 at the Community Hospice Foundation 20th Annual Gala. Participants will enjoy a special Road Trip experience including appetizers, a multi-course take-home dinner with wine pairings and other special surprises and goodies. Trip admission is $225 per person.

All are invited to participate in a special raffle drawing for a chance to win a brand-new Toyota Corolla, donated by Modesto Toyota. Raffle tickets may be purchased Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. by calling the Community Hospice Foundation at 209.578.6370. Raffle tickets are $50 for one or $100 for three. The raffle winner will be drawn on May 21, 2021 on Facebook Live @CommunityHospiceCV.

In addition, one may also participate in an online auction on Handbid. To participate, download the Handbid App or go to and search for Community Hospice Foundation. The Auction opens on May 6, 2021 at noon. To make reservations for this event or to donate, please visit Sponsorship opportunities are available.

Your generous support ensures that Community Hospice can continue to provide physical, emotional and spiritual support to those in our community during a fragile time of life. We are grateful for the impact you are making in the lives of our patients and families.

WHO:    All community members are invited to participate. Trip admission may be purchased at or by calling 209.578.6370.

WHEN:  May 15, 2021

               4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: 3400 Finch Rd.

                Modesto, CA. 95354

ABOUT: Founded by two volunteer registered nurses in 1979, Community Hospice, the oldest and largest nonprofit hospice provider in the Central Valley, has provided compassionate and quality care, comfort and support to thousands of friends and neighbors facing terminal illnesses in their time of need. Today, Community Hospice provides care to over 2,000 patients each year in private homes, skilled nursing facilities, retirement communities and at the Community Hospice Alexander Cohen Hospice House. Grief Support Services are also available to anyone that has experienced a loss. For additional information call 209.578.6300 or visit

New Virtual Program for Teens Experiencing Issues Due to Loss

March 19, 2021

For Immediate Release:
Contact: Kristin Mostowski, Director of Public Relations | Community Hospice | [email protected] | 209.578.6301
Community Hospice Offers New Virtual Quaran-Teen Challenge Program
MODESTO, CA (March 19, 2021) –Community Hospice Grief Support Services Department is pleased to introduce Quaran-Teen Challenge a new virtual program for teens, ages 13-17, who are experiencing issues due to loss.
During this time of tremendous uncertainty due to the COVID-19 public health emergency crisis, many have mourned with teens and other kids who have missed out on milestones and events. Parents and friends have shown creativity and adapted to make the best of these trying times by offering drive-by graduations and online celebrations. In some spaces however, you can find voices diminishing those grieving losses of events, hopes, or plans as unimportant or insignificant because someone did not die. Whether it is a stranger commenting on an online news story or a beloved grandparent, those kinds of comments can sting.
“For many kids, specifically teens, this type of message suggests that their feelings and emotions are invalid and should not be expressed, which is opposite of what should be happening. Instead, we should be listening and offering reassurance and acceptance of our young people. In place of the push to get things back to “normal” while the pandemic continues, it is important to take the time to validate their emotions,” shared Karina Castillo, LCSW, Community Hospice Children’s Grief Program Manager. “We all crave normalcy but with nothing normal, it’s hard for everyone, especially kids, to cope.”
Being an adolescent during normal times can be trying enough for many teens. Not only are teens adjusting to the normal physical changes of puberty, high school social pressures, and growing homework loads, they now are faced with additional stress presented by the public health emergency crisis, civil distress and the political strife that surrounds us all. As a result, teens may be feeling more stressed out, overwhelmed, anxious, angry or even depressed from the losses they have endured. If you or a teen you know needs support, Quaran-Teen Challenge is your safe place to hang out and get help.
Quaran-Teen Challenge, facilitated by trained grief support staff, is an eight-week virtual support group hosted on Zoom. Participants will be offered education, insights and coping skills to emerge stronger and more resilient. While there is no fee to participate, registration is required to join the Quaran-Teen Challenge group. The next group begins March 25, 2021 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Space is limited and offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information or to register call 209.578.6318.  
About Community Hospice
Community Hospice is the oldest and largest nonprofit hospice agency in the Central Valley. Serving the community since 1979, Community Hospice has cared for thousands of friends and neighbors, embracing individuals and families facing life-changing journeys, enhancing quality of life for all. Care extends to more than 2,000 patients each year in private homes, skilled nursing facilities, retirement communities and at the 16-bed inpatient Alexander Cohen Hospice House. Community Hospice also provides bereavement and grief support to anyone in the community. For more information, call 209.578.6300 or visit


Community Hospice is coordinating closely with the State of California and local health departments in the communities we serve as we continue to focus on health and safety. Please visit our COVID-19 resource page for important updates and resources.