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About Hospice Caring

Hospice Caring holds a limited hospice care license in the State of Maryland and is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.


Why Hospice Caring is a Different Kind of Hospice

Since 1989, Hospice Caring, Inc. has been the only non-medical, volunteer hospice in Montgomery County. Trained and dedicated volunteers provide practical and emotional support to terminally ill adults and children and their families, and to anyone grieving the death of a loved one. All services are provided at no charge.


As a non-medical hospice, Hospice Caring does not require that the patient have a six-month or less prognosis. Curative treatments may still be pursued, and a physician's referral is not necessary. Hospice Caring’s carefully screened and trained caregivers visit homes, hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities -- wherever they are needed to work directly with patients, families and friends to navigate end-of-life challenges and choices.


Later, bereavement volunteers check in with the family and provide information about support groups, counselors, and community resources. For children, Hospice Caring volunteers facilitate one-of-a-kind Good Grief Clubs in the county’s schools for children of all ages, as well as an annual Camp Erin Montgomery County weekend for children ages 6 to 17. For adults, Hospice Caring volunteers facilitate a variety of peer support groups for those who have experienced similar types of losses.


Hospice Caring, Inc. 2017 Annual Report


Hospice Caring, Inc. Fact Sheet (English)


Hospice Caring, Inc. Fact Sheet (Spanish)


Hospice Caring, Inc. Strategic Framework


Mission Statement

Hospice Caring provides caring, compassionate, practical and high-quality, non-medical support services, without charge, to Montgomery County adults and children facing a life-threatening illness or grieving the death of a loved one.


Vision Statement

Hospice Caring, Inc. envisions a community that accepts death as a part of life; where the processes of dying and grieving are embraced without stigma; where everyone has access to support services without charge; and where no patient dies alone and no one grieves without support.  


Core Values


• Presence, caring, and compassion
• Quality services that honor personal choices
• Culturally competent support, accessible to all
• Programs that make a positive difference
• Our volunteers and partners whose support is crucial
• Being an integral part of our community
• Responsible management of resources


Awards and Recognitions

Hospice Caring has received the following awards and special recognition for our work in the community:

2018 Making A Difference Award: Hospice Caring, Inc. was recognized by the NonProfit Village for its outstanding contributions to community collaboration, nonprofit sustainability, and impact. 

Catalogue for Philanthropy: Hospice Caring, Inc. named as one of the best small non-profit organizations in the Washington, DC area on multiple occasions

Maryland Nonprofit Seal of Excellence:  Hospice Caring, Inc. recognized for outstanding service to City of Gaithersburg residents 

GreatNonprofits: GreatNonprofits rated Hospice Caring as a 2012 Top-Rated Children and Families Nonprofit. 

Ruby Award: Soroptimist International of Upper Montgomery County Maryland: Penny Gladhill, Director of Bereavement Services and one of the founders of Hospice Caring, was honored in 2016  for her work to improve conditions for women and girls, as well as everyone in our county. ​

Volunteer Engagement Stars Report: Hospice Caring was recognized as part of the Volunteer Engagement Stars Report compiled by Volunteer Frontier and The Center for NonProfit Advancement including Hospice Caring as one of nine nonprofits profiled. The report released April 16, 2012 was sent to over 1,000 nonprofit executives. “We know many nonprofits in the Washington region are doing amazing work with volunteers,” said Center CEO Glen O’Gilvie. “Our hope is that the case studies from these organizations will inspire and challenge nonprofits to effectively engage and leverage volunteers, furthering the success of nonprofits throughout the region.”