The Supportive Care Services Foundation was born out of a need to address the “medically under-served” in the Vietnamese community.  Our founders recognized that one barometer of this fact is that the length of stay on hospice care is very short -between 24-48 hours.  This last minute access to such a valuable patient benefit is painful to acknowledge.  As we have seen, patients arrive on the doorstep of hospice frequently in pain, sometimes in respiratory distress and close to death.  Hospice may just be crisis intervention with the outcome – a self-fulfilling prophecy in the family’s mind – that hospice equals death.  We felt that one way to change this perception and improve access for this community is by creating educational materials specific to this community.  The Supportive Care Services Foundation believes no one should suffer due to lack of access to information.