Human Services


Bakersfield, CA


Optimal Hospice Foundation exists to raise awareness of hospice, promote compassionate services in the community, and ensure access to quality services for families in the Optimal service area, regardless of their ability to pay. The Foundation's geographic area includes the following counties in California: Santa Clara, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare, Kern, Los Angeles and Orange.

Ruling Year



Cherie Shoemake

Main Address

1315 Boughton Drive

Bakersfield, CA 93308 USA

Formerly Known As

Kern Hospice Services


Hospice Foundation, Kids Camp, hospice, health, human services, respite





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Hospice (P74)

Home Health Care (includes Visiting Nurse Associations) (E92)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Access to hospice care for people who have a life limiting illness who have limited or no insurance.

Our programs

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Kids Camp

Community Outreach

Direct Patient Care Funding

Where we work

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

The Optimal Hospice Foundation commits its resources to ensure hospice care and other compassionate programs are available for families facing a life-limiting illness with particular emphasis on the underinsured or uninsured population.

We utilize our relationships with the community to raise awareness about hospice care and the programs provided by the Foundation.

The Foundation partners with the Community Education Department of Optimal Hospice Care.

Our indicators include an increase in the number of patients who use the Foundation to fund their hospice care as well as our expanding Kids Bereavement program.

We will be working to expand our involvement in our Bereavement Programs. In the past there years we have increased our Kids Camp attendance by adding a camp in Northern California and a one day camp for children 6-9. Our one day camp has allowed us to help kids that were to young to attend our overnight camps. In 2020 we will host 6 session of Kids Camp from Kern to San Joaquin Counties.

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Organizational Demographics

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