Welcome Home is more than a greeting: it’s a feeling that permeates the experience of everyone who enters Clarehouse. Before Clarehouse, families in our community had few choices when their loved one needed more care than traditional hospice services could provide.
Clarehouse was formed in January of 2001 by a group of committed individuals with a passion for easing the burden of those dying in need. At Clarehouse, we consider ourselves an extension of the family as caregiver and home to dying people. We provide living space and round the clock practical care for terminally ill people, accessing hospice care through existing local hospice programs rather than duplicating that currently available service. Clarehouse provides short-term, end-of-life care to people of all ages. Guests must be enrolled in a local hospice program.
Clarehouse opened its doors in a modest three bedroom apartment in mid-town Tulsa in October, 2003. Due to great need, we expanded our service twice in that temporary location, to a total of eight bedrooms. We were honored to serve more than 1000 people in that humble home.
In July of 2007, we launched a capital campaign to build, equip and furnish a purpose-built home and provide long-term funding for our care. The incredible generosity of the Tulsa community and beyond enabled us to surpass our $7.6 million goal 18 months later. Our new five acre campus supports our vision of a warm, loving, homelike environment for end-of-life care in a natural setting. The non-institutional, non-clinical feel of our home is coupled with the great compassion and experience of our staff to provide the next-best thing to home for our guests. In addition, our cooperative relationships with local hospices enable us to fill a critical gap in care without duplicating available services.
We have been funded entirely by charitable giving since our creation. Our fund-raising efforts include a combination of individual gifts, foundation grants, corporate donations, matching gifts, and donations from civic organizations and faith communities. We engage in ongoing development activities that center on building relationships with people sensitive to our mission.
We believe care of the dying to be an act of mercy that our community will continue to embrace and support as a worthwhile charitable endeavor.
Visit www.clarehouse.org for more information.