Frances Salles – Casa Sielo: Opening an End-of-Life Residence in Santa Fe

Since the closure of Hope House at the end of the AIDS epidemic, Santa Fe has been without a free-standing hospice house. Despite a clear need, and a lot of interest in opening one, for many reasons it simply did not manifest. Frances Salles shares her personal journey into end-of-life care, how Casa Cielo came into being, and her commitment to keeping the work sacred.
Frances Salles is Executive Director of Coming Home Connection. She worked in senior care services and non-profit management in the UK, alongside opening a complimentary health center in her home town. After the death of her first husband in 2000, she relocated to Santa Fe in 2006 with her six year old son. She worked for the Israeli-Palestinian peace organization, Creativity for Peace, for seven years before joining Coming Home Connection.