2015 Sacramento Bee Special Report on Snowline

    Placerville Hospice Uses Thrift Stores to Fund Free Patient Care


    While this article was published several years ago in the Sacramento Bee, it's still important for us to share this with our community.  Do you know that Snowline has been serving the Sacramento area for close to 15 years? How about, that we never charge our patients anything? Or even that we have thrift stores that support the Mission?

    Check out this snippet from the article and click here to read the rest of the article. 

    By Cathie Anderson

    Placerville’s Snowline Hospice is expanding its patient caseload by 8 percent to 10 percent annually, and an increasing number of those patients are coming from Sacramento County. That’s why the nonprofit opened an office at 100 Howe Ave. in Sacramento in December.

    “We’ve cared for Sacramento residents, hundreds and hundreds of them, more recently in the last decade or so,” said Michael Schmidt, the nonprofit’s executive director. “Mostly, if you mapped it out, it would be eastern Sacramento County.”

    None of Snowline’s terminally ill patients or their families ever receives a bill from the nonprofit, he said. Instead, nearly half of the organization’s roughly $13 million budget comes from funds raised by six thrift stores and a small-but-productive up-cycling center that sells recycled materials to brokers all over the world....




    Meet Our Veteran Outreach Intern

    April King


    April King is a Navy Veteran that is originally from Tennessee. She was stationed on the USS Carl Vinson, an aircraft carrier out of San Diego, as a Nuclear Electrician’s Mate. During her six years of active duty, she completed an eleven-month deployment to the Persian Gulf and two extensive maintenance periods. She is currently attending Folsom Lake College as a pre-nursing student and is excited to be working as Snowline’s Veteran Outreach Intern. She can be reached by email at

    Snowline Thrift Stores Announce Arden Grand Opening

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    Snowline Thrift Stores is excited to announce the grand opening of a new store at 3133 Arden Way. The new thrift store is an exciting addition to the Arden neighborhood of Sacramento.

    The store will hold a Grand Opening Ceremony on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 11:00am. The first 200 guests will receive a free Snowline Thrift Store reusable tote bag, snacks and beverages, and all shoppers will have the chance to enter to win gift baskets, along with other door prizes.

    Following the grand opening, Snowline has several days of festivities planned for the week ahead. (Blue Light Special, Veteran Appreciation, Kid’s Day, Music and Memory, Senior Day, America Recycles Day, and Casino Day).

    Snowline Thrift Store in Arden is the 6th store in the El Dorado-Sacramento region and will have a wide range of products as well as a full donation receiving center. Proceeds generated by Snowline Thrift Stores help the nonprofit, community-based organization provide hospice services in Sacramento and El Dorado County.

    Shoppers at Snowline can expect to find the new location fully stocked with a wide range of merchandise, from clothing, household goods and furniture, to collectables and nostalgic items.

    The new Arden Snowline Thrift Store, which will employ approximately 15 fulltime and part time employees, is a 15,000 square-foot building, with a convenient donation drop off center.

    Healing All Together

    Children, Teens, and Families Bereavement Program


    Healing All Together is Snowline’s Children, Teens, and Families Bereavement Program. We are getting ready to start group for the 2017/2018 school year, so we wanted to share a little information on our innovative model. We based the program on the peer support model, developed by the internationally acclaimed Dougy Center, in Portland Oregon. We run the group every other week, on Thursday evenings, during the school year.

    At group, we have different rooms for young kids, teens, and parents. Each group is led by a professional and aided by trained volunteer facilitators. The great thing about the peer support model is that we meet the kids and teens where they are, in turns of their grief recovery process. Our philosophy is that everyone innately has the ability to heal; we just need to create a space where they can. Building on that, we let the participants, no matter their age, learn from each other. We don’t use a structured curriculum, but we certainly provide many different activities and ways for the kids and teens to interact.

    We even run a simultaneous group for parents, because studies show that the resilience of a child after a significant loss is strongly dependent on the resilience and coping of that child’s parent. The parent group is a great place for parents to learn from each other, and be with parents who may be going through many of the same experiences with their children. If you want to learn more about the program, click here. If you want to donate to All Together, click here. And, if you want to be one of our amazing volunteers, click here.

    That Conversation

    Advance Care Planning


    When we think advance care planning, we tend to think Doctor Offices, Lawyers, lots of medical jargon, and it is intimidating. Snowline wants to let you know that planning for advanced chronic illness does not need to be something terrifying. Instead, it can be a gift to your family. The burden of difficult decisions during stressful times is lifted from your loved ones. It may not seem like an easy conversation to get going, and your family may not always initially agree with your decisions, but you really can’t start too early with this conversation.

    At Snowline, our favorite advance care directive is the Five Wishes. We use this one because the last three of five wishes go beyond what most people think of when they think advance care planning. Sure, you get to name a medical decision maker and decide what kind of medical care you want, but wish three, four, and five give you a space to explain how you want to be treated as a human being, not just a patient. You are able to outline what it means for your loved ones to keep you comfortable, like do you want specific music, flowers, or prayers? It also gives a space for asking for and giving forgiveness and even a place for you to describe funeral arrangements.

    It’s a uniquely human document in a sea of technical ones. It’s also a wonderful tool to use to get a conversation started in your home. The Snowline Community Outreach Team periodically provides Five Wishes Seminars, so be sure to check our calendar for upcoming events and learn more about advance care planning.