About

With the growing caregiver crisis in end-of-life care and the inadequate resources of the health care system, Omega Homes have emerged as havens of comfort, peace and support for people in need who are dying. These homes are known informally and collectively by many different names, including Social Model Hospice Homes, Comfort Care Homes, and Homes for the Dying.

What's an Omega Home? It's a home that's:

  • designed for and totally focused on non-medical care at the end of life
  • independent and a freestanding 501c3 nonprofit organization
  • in a collaborative working relationship with the resident’s hospice (medical) care team
  • not a hospital, nursing home, hospice, or medical facility
  • funded by community and family support
  • staffed by volunteers and/or paid caregivers who are considered “extended family”
  • complementary and not duplicative to what already exists in the community
  • created by the local community for the local community
  • reflective of the spirit of the people and the culture of the local community
  • inclusive and open to all people, according to local regulations
  • simply “home and family” and carries the heart of everything that means

Our innovative model of non-medical care in a community home offers a comfort-based, person-centered home-away-from-home for people in the last months and days of life. Varying in size, appearance and internal policies, yet sharing a common foundation and philosophy, there are currently 100+ open or developing Omega homes located in multiple states across the US.

Read our member spotlight on the C-TAC blog.

Home for Compassionate Crossings is located in Craven County, NC, on the East Coast. Our town, New Bern, is surrounded by two rivers and a beautiful historic downtown area. It was once the capital of NC and is the location of the Tryon Palace, which was home of Governor Tryon. We have a huge retiree population, many of which have no extended family in the area.

Our community has desired to have a hospice house for many years and there were past endeavors, which never came to fruition. The Omega Network was stumbled upon by two folks on our steering committee and thus the realization of a care home model came into play.   

We pulled together a steering committee comprised of staff from Craven County Hospice along with other various stakeholders who expressed interest. We began meeting in January 2024 on a regular basis while doing research and soon chose a name, Home for Compassionate Crossings. From our committee, a chair, co-chair and secretary were identified, a website was created and a visit was made to The Sanctuary (Omega Home in NC). We have just received our 501(c)(3) designation and are setting up a bank account to accept donations when fundraising begins.

Three folks from our steering committee will be attending the annual Omega conference. We have developed a job description for an Executive Director and will be posting this very soon.   

Overall, we are very excited about bringing Home for Compassionate Crossings to our community.  

Clayton Gaskins
Steering Committee Member, Home for Compassionate Crossings - New Bern, NC

Board of Directors

Kelley Scott, BSN, RN, CHPN

Kelley Scott, BSN, RN, CHPN

PresidentClarehouse
Jo Ellen Strieter

Jo Ellen Strieter

Vice PresidentToni and Trish House
Kim Adams

Kim Adams

SecretaryThe Lily House
Ashley Tack

Ashley Tack

Treasurer
Diane Rudholm

Diane Rudholm

DirectorNewaygo County Compassion Home
Steven Cozart

Steven Cozart

DirectorHospice Homes of Genesee and Lapeer Counties
Jennifer Clark, MD

Jennifer Clark, MD

Director
Beth Lynn Hoey

Beth Lynn Hoey

Director

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