The Clarehouse Story

Clarehouse is the story of how a small group of people saw a need, envisioned a solution, and worked with the community to make it happen. The Clarehouse model is innovative, outside-the-box, and a testimony to the compassionate and generous nature of our community.

January 2001
Clarehouse is formed as a 501c3 non-profit corporation by a group of committed individuals with a passion for easing the burden of those dying in need.


February 2002
Clarehouse acquires approximately five acres of property located at 76th and Mingo upon which its permanent facility will be built.

June 2002
Clarehouse pays off the debt for the acquired property and begins moving forward with plans for the new permanent facility.

October 2003
Clarehouse opens a three bedroom temporary facility and by the end of its first year of operation Clarehouse serves more than 65 guests and their families.

October 2004
The organization’s first fundraising event, Under the Harvest Moon, is held and is not only a financial success, but also a great friend-raiser.

February 2005
Clarehouse holds its first memorial service in memory of its guests. The service offers comfort to families, volunteers and staff, as well as meaningful reunions.

March 2005
Clarehouse’s Executive Director, Kelley Scott is presented the prestigious Pinnacle Award in the category of Health by The Tulsa Women’s Foundation and The Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women for her efforts in the development of Clarehouse and her service at Clarehouse.

May 2005
Clarehouse expands its temporary facility from 3 guest rooms to 6 guest rooms.

October 2006
The annual Under the Harvest Moon event enjoys a 33% increase in attendance.

December 2006
Clarehouse establishes the Comfort Circle to recognize a special group of committed friends that help meet the challenge of supporting our newly expanded 8 bed home.

January 2007
Clarehouse Board of Directors researches options for permanent home.

June 2007
Clarehouse successfully completes the Tulsa Community Foundation’s Planned Giving Challenge.

February 2008
The Clarehouse model of care is recognized nationally for the 2008 “Innovations in End-of-Life Care Award” by the National Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association at the organization’s annual convention in Tampa, Florida.


Clarehouse kicks off “Welcome Home, A Campaign for Clarehouse” to build, equip and furnish a permanent home and provide for our future.

April 2008
Clarehouse is recognized statewide as the winner in the category of Community Health Services at the inaugural ONE (Oklahoma Non-Profit Excellence) Awards through the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits.

May 2008
Clarehouse is the recipient of proceeds from Tulsa Charity Fight Night.


July 2008
Clarehouse celebrates Groundbreaking for the new home.

August 2008
Construction is in progress under the management of Flintco, Inc.

January 2009
Welcome Home Campaign closes on January 31, 2009. Donors exceed the $7.6 million goal.

April 2009
Clarehouse celebrates “Topping Out” at the new home on April 16, 2009

August 2009
Preparations are made to relocate.

Friends of Clarehouse celebrate the Ribbon Cutting for our new home.

August 24, 2009 – first guest is admitted in our permanent home.


January 2010
Over 200 generous volunteers give 6,539 hours of service in 2009.

April 2010
Clarehouse featured on Tulsa Garden Club Annual Tour.

February 2011
Annual Family Memorial Services continue to reunite family, staff and volunteers, bringing comfort to all.

May 2011
Clarehouse partners with the University of Tulsa in researching outcomes of care for guests and families.

June 2011
Social Hospice Network founded.

November 2011
Clarehouse joins community-wide Palliative Care Summit to improve end-of-life care.

May 2012
Executive Director, Kelley Scott, travels to Thousand Oaks, California to participate in the ribbon cutting of the newest Social Model Hospice, Our Community House of Hope.

October 2012
Clarehouse supporters have a blast as annual fundraiser evolves into Raisin’ Cain – A Ballroom Bash. Event raises 20% of annual budget.


January 2013
Over 25,000 days of care have been provided to Clarehouse guests and families.

June 2013
Clarehouse hosts first annual Social Model Hospice Conference.

October 2013
Clarehouse commemorates 10 years of service at Founders and Funders Celebration.

November 2013
Clarehouse staff celebrates the opening of The Journey Home, Bartlesville’s Social Model Hospice.


January 2014
Education Pilot funded, full-time Director hired.

July 2014
Second Annual National Social Model Hospice Conference held in California.

December 2014
Over 28,000 Days of Care provided to Clarehouse guests and families.

March 2015
Social Hospice Network online Forum established.

July 2015
Third Annual Social Hospice Network National Conference hosted in Tulsa by Clarehouse, The Journey Home and Porta Caeli House.


October 2015
Dying Dialogue Series created in partnership with Tulsa City County Library. “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant”, a three part community education event, featured nationally acclaimed cartoonist Roz Chast.

February 2016
Education Pilot completed successfully and Education established as a permanent Program of Clarehouse.

October 2016
Clarehouse rebrands with the Living, Loving Sharing tagline.

Dying Dialogue Series offers "Before I Die" Wall and Toolkit for Healthcare.

April 2017
Memorial Garden is created near Clarehouse chapel and labyrinth.

June 2017
Omega Home Network is established with Kelley Scott as President of Board of Directors.

October 2017
3rd Annual Dying Dialogue Series welcomes Lucy Kalanithi, MD.

September 2018
3rd annual Smoke & Mirrors gala provides for 26% of annual budget.

May 2018
Clarehouse offers clinical education to healthcare disciplines at 16 local colleges/universities.

October 2018
Dying Dialogue Series rebrands to Community Conversations Series with keynote speaker Ira Byock, MD, author of "The Four Things that Matter Most".

August 2019
Disastrous flooding forces all staff, volunteers and guests to evacuate. Cleanup and restoration went on for 11 weeks, and guests were welcomed back to our home on November 4.

October 2019
Annual fundraising event, rebranded as Moonstruck, is held downtown at the Cox Convention Center and raises over $340,000!

Clarehouse board, staff, volunteers, families, donors and funders celebrate FIFTEEN YEARS OF CARE!