Villa Marie Claire, Residential Hospice
Map: 12 West Saddle River Road, Saddle River, NJ 07458
Phone: 201-783-8870   Fax: 201-327-1325

A corner near the fireplace provides a cozy setting for reading, conversation or contemplation.

Villa Marie Claire is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization and relies on contributions to deliver its unique and compassionate care at the end-of-life. There are many ways you can support Villa Marie Claire and help to ensure that we provide essential services to others in our community. Your gift to Villa Marie Claire supports care for those at the end of life and their loved ones. Making a gift today will make an immediate impact in our efforts to increase access to hospice care and can be a meaningful way to remember a loved one.

Tribute Gifts to Villa Marie Claire:

Honoring someone by making a memorial gift to the Villa is a wonderful way to remember a loved one. An acknowledgement will be sent to the person you wish to be notified of your gift without reference to amount.

You can contact the Holy Name Medical Center Foundation at 201-833-3187 to make a donation over the phone using a credit card. Or make a secure online donation with a credit card today.

Make Your Gift Online:

Online giving is a convenient and effective way to support the Villa. Make a secure online donation with a credit card today.

Donate Securities:

A transfer of securities – particularly those with appreciated value – helps the Villa while offering the potential of tax savings for the donor. Call the Holy Name Medical Center Foundation at 201-833-3187 to learn more or to arrange such a gift.

Estate Planning:

Consider a bequest in your estate planning. Ensure that the Villa's work continues into the future by designating a gift to Villa Marie Claire in your will.

For more information on Planned Giving to Villa Marie Claire, contact the Holy Name Medical Center Foundation at 201-833-3187.

Gifts by Mail or Phone:

Villa Marie Claire accepts credit card and check contributions through the mail. Or you can call to make a secure donation using a credit card over the phone. To mail in your contribution, simply download this contribution form and mail it with your donation to:

Holy Name Medical Center Foundation
718 Teaneck Road
Teaneck, NJ 07666
Phone: 201-833-3187

We actively seek major charitable gifts to ensure that Villa Marie Claire's unique vision and stellar care continues to serve members in our community. Your investment and commitment to the Villa will enrich the lives of every patient and loved one who experiences the care and compassion that the Villa has to offer. There are various naming opportunities available for major benefactors.

To learn more, contact the Holy Name Medical Center Foundation at 201-833-3187.

Villa Marie Claire welcomes volunteers from all walks of life, with and without clinical experience. Individuals can volunteer in either the general Hospice Volunteer Program or the Hospice Doula Program.

Hospice Volunteer Program

Hospice volunteers provide support to patients, their families and the staff members. They have a choice whether they would like to have only patient contact or none at all. Volunteers are able to offer their time in the following areas:
  • Patient Care. Work with patients in their rooms in a multitude of ways, including talking with them, playing a game of cards or reading to them – anything that may support patients in their final journey.

  • Clerical/General. Volunteers assist staff members with clerical work. These duties range from writing bereavement cards to processing volunteer applications and filing.

  • Pet Therapy Program. Specially trained volunteers visit patient rooms with certified pet therapy dogs.

  • Massage Therapy. Certified volunteers provide soothing massages to patients and their families.

  • Reception Desk. Volunteers meet and greet visitors at the reception desk.

No experience is necessary. Volunteers need to be 18 years or older. High school students may volunteer for a junior program. Anyone interested in learning more about donating their time at Villa Marie Claire should call the Hospice’s Volunteer Program at 201-541-5980 or email

Hospice Doula Volunteer Program

Hospice doulas, also known as end-of-life doulas, provide emotional support and comfort to individuals who are approaching their final days and hours. Doulas help enrich the end-of-life experience for those who are dying and their loved ones. They are not a substitute for medical personnel.

A Compassionate Presence

Individuals with a terminal illness, their loved ones and caregivers can often feel isolated and fearful of what is to come. They may all be overwhelmed by symptoms, medications and long hours without rest, despite having the services of hospice team members. Hospice doulas provide a caring presence, helping loved ones bring meaning to the experience of dying by being "in the moment" with them.

You can be a Hospice Doula

Individuals who volunteer as hospice doulas have all types of life experiences, some from their jobs, others from their personal lives. They are police officers and social workers as well as stay-at-home moms and retired grandfathers. While each hospice doula has a different personal and professional background, they all share an interest in supporting others emotionally and spiritually during a patient’s last weeks, days and moments of life. No health care experience is necessary.

Where and What Hospice Doulas Learn

Holy Name Medical Center provides free training for individuals who would like to volunteer as doulas. Volunteers receive 22 hours of training that teaches techniques for facilitated guided visualization. The instructions also include methods on how to establish rituals, create spiritual and emotional legacies and provide support. Interested individuals can attend a free presentation to learn more about volunteering as a hospice doula. Call 201-541-5980 or email

Doula training is provided by Henry Fersko-Weiss, LCSW, who pioneered the concept of the end-of-life doula and founded the first such program in the U.S. Mr. Weiss has more than 20 years of experience as a hospice social worker and volunteer manager.

Where Hospice Doulas Work

In addition to volunteering at Villa Marie Claire, hospice doulas trained at Holy Name Medical Center also work in the community – visiting in a patient’s private home, nursing home or assisted living facility. Like other members of the hospice team, they serve Bergen County and parts of Hudson, Passaic and Essex counties.


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