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Pleasanton Weekly

Column - June 3, 2011

After helping thousands, Hope Hospice's leader retires

by Jeb Bing

Helen Meier will retire next Friday from a career that has served thousands of those in need over the last 48 years, including the last nine as executive director of Hope Hospice. Her work has included managing homeless programs in San Francisco, Tri-Valley Haven for battered women and their children in the Tri-Valley, and most recently expanding the work of the hospice organization that provides end-of-life compassionate care and, just as important, grief counseling and ongoing support for those who are left behind. In between, she found time to work with the United Cerebral Palsy Association in San Francisco, researching and then helping San Francisco mass transit to develop buses with special lifts to accommodate the disabled. Her book, "Accessible Transit in the U.S. from 1970-1980," has provided guidelines for transit systems throughout the country.

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