2022-07-13T17:25:50+00:00

Sky has no limit.

As snowflakes fell from the top of Mammoth Mountain on a frosty December morning, 5-year-old Sky positioned his skis and launched himself forward down the slope. Like his parents, Sky is an adventurer who enthusiastically learned to ski at an early age. After skiing down the hill, an adult snowboarder unexpectedly crashed into Sky, leaving him unable to get up.

2022-07-01T19:50:42+00:00

I had a Goal…walking my daughter Hayley down the aisle.

A few months ago, Jeff and Susan Bridges celebrated the wedding of their daughter Hayley. There was a time when Jeff was not sure he could walk Hayley down the aisle or enjoy that shared moment of their father-daughter dance. Jeff was undergoing treatment for lymphoma cancer, and before he could be vaccinated, he contracted COVID-19 in January. For months, Jeff could not walk without assistance, but he kept focused on the summer wedding milestone throughout his recovery. The Bridges’ story, like thousands of others this year, illustrates how VNA Health is there for families in our community, helping every person to live with health and dignity. Jeff and Susan would like to share with you how VNA Health helped Jeff reach his goal so that his family could celebrate as they had dreamed.

2022-07-01T19:56:21+00:00

Volunteers Extraordinaire

At 14, he decided he would better his position in life. Despite humble beginnings, Dennis Morelos built a fulfilling and financially successful life through hard work, thriftiness, and a little luck. In memory of his wife Soledad and to honor their wishes, his estate plan provides for VNA Health’s Serenity House. Dennis has come full circle: having built a better life for himself, he is now able to help others better their lives.

2022-07-01T19:47:52+00:00

Belief in a Better Life

At 14, he decided he would better his position in life. Despite humble beginnings, Dennis Morelos built a fulfilling and financially successful life through hard work, thriftiness, and a little luck. In memory of his wife Soledad and to honor their wishes, his estate plan provides for VNA Health’s Serenity House. Dennis has come full circle: having built a better life for himself, he is now able to help others better their lives.

2022-07-01T19:51:46+00:00

You Will Always Have a Home

Six years ago, Serenity House opened its doors on a cliff overlooking Santa Barbara to patients and families in need of a comfortable home at end of life. Since then, Serenity House has helped hundreds of individuals, regardless of age, background or socio-economic status, find peace and dignity during a time of life that is frightening and unknown. One such patient was Benjamin Aguirre, whose devoted mother, Juanita Ortiz, reflects often on their wonderful experience during a tragic health crisis.

2022-07-01T19:53:12+00:00

A Journey of Love

A Journey of Love between Mary Lou and David Sparer began 13 years ago when they met at a Friday night swing dance. “I had a one in a million true love at first sight. We went out on our first date the very next night, and I knew I had gone out on my very last first date,” exclaimed David. Two years later, Mary Lou and David were married and began a beautiful chapter of life together filled with travel, dancing, and devotion for one another.

2022-07-01T21:00:39+00:00

Barbara Mintzer

What does independence mean to you? Barbara Minzter is a fireball of a woman, even up to the blaze of her reddish-brown hair. She exudes an emphatic zest for life. Hers has been a journey of fierce independence and new beginnings. She has spent her working life embracing the challenges of achieving many firsts – the first woman Fuller Brush man in San Jose, California; one of the first women to sell wholesale pharmaceuticals for a major drug company; and among one of the first women professional motivational speakers in the United States.