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.

Omega Home

Known as a Social Model Hospice, The Open Arms House is a proud member of the Omega Home Network and collaborates with other community homes across the nation as part of the movement to improve access to quality care and prepare individuals and families in America for their end-of-life journey.

Fees for Services

The Open Arms House does not receive Medicare, Medi-Cal, or other third-party insurance reimbursement. Our income comes from payments by residents, their families, and from community donations.

We depend on residents and family members to help cover the cost of care to the best of their financial ability. If we can offer a room and the resident’s family is unable to fully cover the cost, we will use donations from the community to cover the shortfall. Financial arrangements are finalized at the time a resident room is offered. Those discussions are confidential.


Make a difference that lasts an eternity by donating to our home. Each donation is tax-deductible as we are a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit. Our tax identification number is 81-1048361.


Donate safely and securely through our website with PayPal


You may also mail donations to:
The Open Arms House
3234 W Iris Avenue
Visalia, CA 93277

Board Members

Executive Board

Pete Sherwood



Angela Biscotti

Retired Realtor

Vice President

Donnie Clark
Community Member

Siro Altamirano

Certified Public Accountant-Bastrire Edwards


Margaret Moholt

Retired Grant & Program Manager

Executive Board Member

Clare Whitlatch

Broker Associate, The Whitlatch Group

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

Carol Nickel

Registered Nurse

Board Member

Jim Heaton
Board Member, Emeritus

Harry Wood
Board Member, Emeritus

Sabrina Jimenez
Executive Director