History of Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation
In 1984, shortly after the founding of the Lower Cape Fear Hospice agency, a dedicated group of volunteers interested in the perpetual support of the mission of this agency created the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Endowment Fund. This fund was created with the initial gift from the estate of Pickett H Taylor.
Our Dr. Robert M. Fales Hospice Pavilion in Wilmington opened in 1997.
In 2005, the Trustees of the Endowment Fund, decided they wanted to do more to support the agency and reorganized to become the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation. The Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation exists solely to raise the funds necessary to support the mission and work of Lower Cape Fear Hospice not covered by reimbursement sources, as well as programs and services that do not have a reimbursement source.
Since the Foundation began in 2005, it has raised roughly $2 million annually to support the ongoing operating needs to provide quality end-of-life hospice and palliative healthcare and LifeCareCenter programs, such as the bereavement program.
The Foundation has also initiated projects and fundraising for the ongoing operating support and capital needs of the agency. As a result the agency has been able to construct the Angel House, a hospice care center opened in 2008 to serve Columbus and Bladen counties, in 2009 the agency Home Office at the Phillips LifeCare & Counseling Center, and the Heritage Garden.
With the help of dedicated volunteers in Brunswick County, and a $1 million grant from the SECU Foundation, our Closer to Home capital campaign raised $4.3 million for the SECU Hospice House of Brunswick which opened July 2012.
In October 2014, six additional beds and the total renovation of the original Robert Martin Fales Hospice Pavilion were completed in Wilmington.