Villa Marie Claire

Giving Back to Villa Marie Claire

Villa Marie Claire is a specialty medical program of Holy Name Medical Center, located in Teaneck, NJ. The Holy Name Medical Center Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization who's mission is to encourage the philanthropic support of all Holy Name Medical Center initiatives, including Villa Marie Claire. The Villa 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.

Ways to Give

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.

To learn more, 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:

Villa Marie Claire
718 Teaneck Road
Teaneck, NJ 07666
Phone: 201-833-3105

Other Giving and Naming Opportunities

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 Volunteering Opportunities

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.

A Compassionate Presence

People with a terminal illness, their loved ones and caregivers often feel isolated and fearful of what is to come. Even with the services of other hospice team members, they may be overwhelmed by symptoms, medications and long hours without rest. 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 from all walks of life - police officers and social workers, mail carriers and nurses - volunteer as hospice doulas. While every hospice doula has a different personal and professional background, they all share an interest in supporting others emotionally and spiritually during their last weeks, days and moments of life. No health care experience is necessary, and hospice doulas do not substitute for medical personnel.

Where Hospice Doulas Work

At Holy Name Medical Center, hospice doulas work in the community. Like other members of the hospice team, they serve Bergen County and parts of Hudson, Passaic and Essex counties. They go wherever the patient is: to the private home, nursing home, assisted living facility or residential hospice, such as Holy Name's own Villa Marie Claire.

What Hospice Doulas Learn

Volunteers receive 22 hours of training that teaches techniques for facilitating guided visualization, establishing rituals, providing support, and creating spiritual and emotional legacies. Interested individuals can learn more about Holy Name's hospice doula training program by attending a free presentation. Call the Hospice Program's Volunteer Coordinator at 201-783-8870, ext. 311, or email

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