About Us

Learn more about the history of TOAH.

Our Mission

To provide a home for end-of-life care for the community, by the community, where every life matters to the very last breath and no one dies alone.

Our Vision

The Open Arms House will expand public knowledge about end-of-life care choices through a community-supported charitable residence that facilitates end-of-life care with dignity, peace and comfort for hospice patients and their loved ones.

The home will provide educational opportunities for health care professionals, the faith community, families of residents and volunteers with the hope that the natural dying process can be understood and accepted.

Our Story

As the first of its kind in the Central Valley, The Open Arms House (TOAH) is a non-profit that is uniquely licensed for 6 hospice residents as a Residential Care Facility for Elderly (RCFE).
The Open Arms House offers a peaceful, homelike environment for terminally ill residents and provides end-of-life care that emphasizes compassion, independence, respect and dignity.

Board Members

Executive Board

Carol Nickel
Registered Nurse

Clare Whitlatch
Broker Associate, The Whitlatch Group
Vice President

Donnie Clark
Community Member

Margaret Moholt
Retired Grant & Program Manager


Pete Sherwood
Executive Board Member

Angela Biscotti
Retired Realtor
Board Member

Karl Schafter
Pastor, RiverCross Church
Board Member

Mary Ferrara
Retired College Liaison – Exeter High School
Board Member

Merrilyn Brady
RN, BSN, MSN, Retired
Board Member

Siro Altamirano
Certified Public Accountant – 
Bastrire Edwards
Board Member

Jim Heaton
Board Member, Emeritus

Harry Wood
Board Member, Emeritus

Dr. Ron Marconi
Board Member

Robyn Flores
Board Member

Sabrina Jimenez
Executive Director