Twenty years ago, social worker Nancy Johnston found housing for children whose mothers were dying of AIDs in New York City. This prepared her for a career in hospice care. Now she works for Yolo Hospice in Davis, CA. She says that hospice facilities for the homeless are hard to find. Sometimes it’s on the streets, but this is not a practical or humane option.
In caring for terminally ill homeless people, she says, “Everyone has a different story and you must figure out what is meaningful to them as they approach the end of life. It doesn’t take very much.”