Special Programs

Our Special Programs

Memory Bears

In 2016, a dedicated volunteer brought the idea of a memory bear as a means for people to cope. Memory bears are made from the clothing of loved ones and treasured as a huggable keepsake.  In our first year, our volunteers have crafted almost 300 bears. The bears are available as a service to the community and our families. Hospice of San Joaquin families are eligible to receive a complimentary memory bear.  Additional bears and ones available to the community are provided at a nominal cost.  While the fabric and time are provided by families and volunteers, the thread, fiber-fil, patterns, ribbon, buttons and various accessories come at a cost.  Come help make memories with us.

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Our Transitions program works to ‘make life a little easier’ for individuals facing advancing chronic or life limiting illness.  It is a professionally managed, volunteer based community service program designed to help individuals navigate the physical, emotional and social challenges often occurring with serious illness.  Transitions services include practical assistance, support and information - no hands on nursing care is provided.  Transitions services are offered at no cost  to community residents and their families and are not reimbursed by insurance. This program is supported solely through donations and grants.  Help a member of our community navigate their personal transition.

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Camp Caterpillar

A day camp for grieving children in kindergarten through eighth grade, is offered annually in the fall.   Activities such as arts and crafts, music, journaling, and games are designed to help children express and learn to cope with their feelings of grief. Certified Pet therapy dogs are part of the camp experience and bring smiles to all.  This program is exclusively supported through donations and grants.  Become a part of camp today. 

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Tree of Lights

Tree of Lights offers a chance for anyone in the community to recognize the people who have impacted their lives, through a memorial or honorary light dedication.  There are eight trees located in Stockton, Lodi, Manteca, Lockeford, Tracy, Rio Vista, Ripon and Escalon.  Each  location offers a ceremony displaying the uniqueness of the community and involves local organizations, offering an opportunity for community members to gather and reflect. Memory boards list the names of those recognized by the lights on the tree.  Every year volunteers test and replace lights, inspect garland and mend our memory boards.  This program is supported exclusively through donations and grants. Help us light up a light today.

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