Founded in 1980, as the nonprofit charity Hospice of Charleston, we were the first hospice in the area. In 2006, we completed, and still own, the inpatient hospice center in Mt. Pleasant, the only free-standing hospice facility in the Lowcountry.
Changing our name to “Hospice of Charleston Foundation” in 2008, we became, and remain, independent from any direct care providers. As the Foundation, we partnered with several hospices to offer grants for their unfunded patients. In addition, we continued to offer two long-standing bereavement initiatives (Shannon’s Hope camp for children and the annual Candlelight Memorial Ceremony) as well as educational outreach.
In the years since our founding, the Charleston area has seen the arrival of more than 60 hospice providers. However, our organization identified a void in the availability of neutral guidance and support within the community. Filling this void became our expanded mission in 2013. With our broader mission, a new name was appropriate to help communicate the new identity. Hospice of Charleston Foundation became “Bridges,” with the tagline “resources for end-of-life realities.”
The new name provides a link with our 33 year tradition of connecting people with services to meet their needs as they face the transition from life to death. What has changed over time is the way the connections have been provided by our organization. From our beginning in 1980 as Hospice of Charleston, to our years as Hospice of Charleston Foundation, and now as Bridges, we have always responded to the needs of people in our area.
As Bridges, our organization is the community resource for:
- Impartial guidance about hospice and palliative care
- Caregiver support
- Bereavement support and grief groups
- Veteran care resources
- Community education
- Professional training
Bridges is continuing to strengthen existing connections and form new connections, as we develop a broad-based community collaboration offering support to everyone facing end-of-life realities. We are grateful for the decades of support our organization has received and look forward to decades of service to come.