Community Home Health & Hospice receives $250,000 grant from Murdock Trust for new grief support center

Rendering of Community's new grief center
Rendering of Community’s new grief center


Vancouver, Wash., December 11, 2015 – The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust has awarded Community Home Health & Hospice a $250,000 grant for its new grief support center which is planned for its campus in Salmon Creek.


“This support comes at a perfect time for us,” said Community President and CEO Greg Pang.  “It continues our important momentum following the $1 million we received from the state of Washington earlier this year, and gives us exciting news to share with other prospective donors in the near future.”


Fundraising has topped $2 million towards a total goal of $3,139,000. “We are so thankful to the Murdock Trust,” remarked Pang. “They add so much more than dollars to our project.  Their name has a tremendous amount of integrity and impact with our donors.”


The 9,000-square-foot grief support center will feature space for children, teen and adult programs, as well as a memorial garden and conference center.  It will be built adjacent to the new Community Hospice Care Center – Salmon Creek at 3102 NE 134th Street in Vancouver.  Land space has already been acquired and allocated for the project.


“Our grief support facilities are unique and are meant to serve grief support needs throughout the many stages of life,” says Pang.  “We also offer grief support to anyone who has suffered loss from natural death, accident, suicide, violence, natural disaster, or military action.  Our center will support community remembrance events like Memorial Day, 9-11, and Veterans Day.”


The memorial garden will also be open to the public.


“We are building it to be used,” said Pang. For more information, contact Marykay Morelli at 360.414.5409 or




About Community Home Health & Hospice

An independent, community-based nonprofit agency, Community Home Health & Hospice (Community) has served the healthcare needs of Washington and Oregon families since 1977. Every day, we deliver care to 600 people where they live through home care personal services, home health, hospice and bereavement services in the following four counties: Clark, Cowlitz, and Wahkiakum in Washington and Columbia in Oregon. We foster clinical excellence for which we have received recognition since 2008 as a HomeCare Elite top agency. Community supports the healthcare and independent living goals of each patient and their loved ones by delivering the highest quality, compassionate and dignified care to individuals in their chosen place of residence. Visit Community on the web at


About M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust was created by the will of the late Melvin J. (Jack) Murdock, who was a co-founder of Tektronix, Inc. in Beaverton, Oregon, and a resident of Vancouver, Washington. Since its establishment on June 30, 1975 with a bequest of about $90 million, the Trust has focused its grantmaking efforts primarily in the five states of the Pacific Northwest: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. The Trust’s current assets are valued at about $1 billion, and over the life of the Trust, more than $800 million has been distributed through over 5,750 grants. The Trust’s mission is to enrich the quality of life in the Pacific Northwest by providing grants to organizations that seek to strengthen the region’s educational, cultural, and spiritual base in creative and sustainable ways.



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