Medford hospice residence receives mortgage pay off donation

MEDFORD, Ore. – A Medford hospice residence got a special gift from a local couple. The organization is the only dedicated residential hospice care facility in Southern Oregon.

Celia’s House of Holmes Park got a generous donation from the Meese Foundation. The foundation’s gift is over $342,000 paying off the homes’ mortgage. Donors, Jed and Celia Meese come from a health care background. Celia’s House told NBC5 news the couple has been with the organization since the beginning.

“They saw [as] we do, the end of life is really meaningful, valuable, unique and it needs to be treated as something really precious,” said Julie Raefield, Development Dir.

With COVID-19 increasing the nonprofit’s budget the donation is one less stressor.

Southern Oregon Friends of Hospice and Celia’s House of Holmes Park are also looking for volunteers. If you love gardening and helping your community click HERE for more details.

NBC5 News reporter Katie Streit comes from her hometown, Las Vegas. Katie went to the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism & Media Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While in Las Vegas, Katie won a Student Emmy for her coverage of the Las Vegas Shooting Anniversary. She also hosted and produced the university's political news show, where she interviewed Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak and Congresswoman Dina Titus (NV-1). Her passion for politics turned into a coveted internship at the US Capitol in Washington D.C. In her final months working in the Las Vegas area, she was recognized for her journalism achievements by the Nevada Broadcaster's Foundation. Katie is excited to tell the stories of local Southern Oregonians and Northern Californians. Feel free to contact her at [email protected]
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