From left, Mary Ellen Rosen (Manager) and Mary Beth Carlson greet patrons to the new Sierra Hospice “Forget-Me-Not” thrift store. The new location is at 604 Main St. in Chester and features several rooms of ‘slightly used’ merchandise. The thrift store is the primary funding source for all Sierra Hospice programs. Photo by Gregg Scott

The Sierra Hospice Forget-me-Not thrift store expands

By Gregg Scott

Staff Writer

The Sierra Hospice thrift store known as “Forget-me-Not” has just moved its location to 604 Main St. in Chester. This new facility features 8,000 square feet of space to display the lightly used merchandise available to the public.  Over the years, Forget-me-Not has played an important role in helping to fund the efforts of Sierra Hospice’s programs and the new building should provide a more user friendly space and room to grow.

Sierra Hospice was “created in 1981 as a volunteer-based community program dedicated to providing end-of-life care and support to patients and their families.” The volunteers help to coordinate medical, psychological, spiritual and practical services to patients in need.  They also provide community education and services in relation to families dealing with death, dying and grief. There are registered nurses available to meet with families and explain how Sierra Hospice programs work and what services and equipment are available.

With a track record of over 41 years, Sierra Hospice has been growing and improving their programs on a constant basis. Sierra Hospice is a 501 (c) (3) whose prime source of income is the thrift store. Donations are always warmly accepted and you can also participate in the ‘Shop-N-Save’ card fundraiser or the new Memorial Tree ornament program.

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You can contact Sierra Hospice on Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 150 Brentwood Drive or by phone at (530) 258-3412. Don’t forget to stop in at the new Forget-me-Not location and check out their deals.