We are a non-profit, education-focused organization dedicated to promoting improved quality of life for the terminally ill, their families, caregivers, and friends.
We offer education, free resources and support regarding excellent end-of-life care, caregiver assistance and compassionate resolution services.
We provide funds to other non-profit community agencies, healthcare providers, and caregivers who share our goal. Your donation is sent to Crossroads Hospice Charitable Foundation in Tulsa, OK and then distributed back to your loved one's community.
In 1995, before there was a foundation, there was Crossroads Hospice. Grateful family members and friends of patients expressed their appreciation for Crossroads' care in the form of financial donations. These funds were given to promote hospice care for others and to share knowledge of hospice philosophy of care. Crossroads could not accept funds directly, so these donations were passed along to a foundation outside our local communities.
Funds grew, along with awareness that our donors would prefer their contributions be used in the communities where their loved ones had lived. In 2003, Crossroads Hospice Charitable Foundation was formed to assure this promise could be kept.
Our mission is to help healthcare professionals better understand the role of hospice care in maximizing the quality of life for terminally ill patients, their caregivers, families, and friends. We accomplish our mission by focusing on education regarding excellent end-of-life care and by providing information and resources for use in care of the terminally ill, support for caregivers, and grief resolution for the bereaved.
Monetary gifts benefit the community from which they are given. We work through local hospices to provide funds for the support of community organizations, healthcare providers, and caregivers who are involved in end-of-life issues and who support grief resolution.
We seek grant funding to defray administrative costs. Our goal is to keep administrative costs to ten percent or less.
Your help is always appreciated in the form of donations and personal time spent volunteering at your local hospice. You can also participate by helping us raise awareness of the philosophy of hospice and palliative care.
Our mission is dedication to ultimate life. This means that we work toward a better quality of life for the terminally ill and their family, friends, and caregivers.
As Executive Director, Teresa Adair is responsible for all aspects of policy and partnerships for the Foundation. She has a passion for hospice and an admiration for the people who support it. Teresa has been involved with the Crossroads Hospice family since inception in 1995.
Kris Skaggs is our executive administrator. She has over 17 years of experience in administration and accounting. She is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration.
Education Resource Development
Marcia Howland began clinical chaplaincy with Crossroads Hospice in 1997. She is a Grief Recovery® specialist, educator, published writer, and public speaker encompassing spiritual and cultural diversity. She represents Caregiver Action Network and raises congregational awareness of family issues. Her sense of humor breaks tension in personal family caregiving.
Chair, Grief Recovery Method® Specialist
Debbie Vaught has worked for 30 years in human resources management, and owned an international manufacturing company. Her experience has all been “people related” and she has been active in many projects within her community.
Susan Bacon has spent more than 25 years in the volunteer and nonprofit sectors, including managing facilities, raising funds, coordinating events, supervising groups of volunteers, and working directly with private corporations and community donors.
Grief Recovery Method® Specialist
Dorothy Franks possesses 40 years of experience as a counselor, social worker and schoolteacher. Ms. Franks served at St. Johns Hospital, Laureate Psychiatric Hospital and Clinic, St. Francis Hospital, and is a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist in The Grief Recovery Method®.
James Barber has an extensive background in faith-based studies and teachings. He served as an assistant pastor at churches in Rockwall, TX and Tulsa, OK for eleven years, and as Chaplain and Director of Crossroads Hospice of Oklahoma for seven years.
Meredith Fields Lawler is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who graduated from the University of Arkansas with her Master's in Social Work in May 2009. Meredith is currently in private practice and provides her expertise in local hospice organizations.
Honorary Chair (2010 - 2013)
Mr. Walden guided the Crossroads Hospice Charitable Foundation from its infancy. He brought to the Foundation a wealth of knowledge gained from over forty years in corporate human resources working for global companies including Firestone Tire & Rubber Company, Revlon, Incorporated and Acme Engineering & Manufacturing Corporation. Mr. Walden was also prolific in leading various efforts for charitable causes.
The Foundation is dedicated to continuing his love of people in all we do; he is truly missed.
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