Our Services

Sunshine Haven provides high quality residential palliative care to the dying using nursing assistants and volunteers supervised by licensed personnel. We serve Cameron County, Hidalgo County and Willacy County. Between November 06, 2000 (first day of operation) and December May 30, 2020, we provided palliative care to over 1,400 terminally ill patients. Sunshine Haven Collaborates with local organizations and Hospices. We admit Hospice patients when 24 hr. residential care is needed. The Hospice agencies provide equipment and all necessary supplies to care for the patient, i.e. medications, equipment, nursing assessment and more... Our partnerships with each patient's hospice agency are vital to maintain the compassionate high quality care we provide.

  • 24 hr. continuous care
  • Preparation of meals, Serving meals to patients and cleaning up

  • Daily Baths
  • Administration of prescription medication
  • Patients repositions every 2 hours

  • Suctioning patients, diaper change and emptying out folis
  • Patient Laundry - wash, dry and fold

We are licensed by the Texas Department of State Health Services and because of our license as a Special Care Facility; we are not allowed to bill ANYONE.


For Sunshine Haven, Volunteers are extremely important because they serve as the backbone of our organization. With the wide range of opportunities, volunteers have the freedom to find what best suits their talents to help out Sunshine Haven.

Volunteers serve as a member of our team by sharing expertise and talents in a manner that provides comfort and enriches the quality of life for those served. Volunteers serve and provide the following: cook, clean, shop, yard work, give hospitality to families and loved ones of residents, public relations and fundraising, serve as board members. If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering, please call (956) 350-8400 or come by our center.

Lois del Castilo

Lois del Castilo

Our History

Sunshine Haven, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization that provides end-of-life care in a home-like setting on a donation-only basis.

Planning began in 1998 with a group of Brownsville residents, headed by Lois del Castillo, the first Registered Nurse of Brownsville and the retired director of Heart of the Valley Hospice.

Mrs. del Castillo knew the urgent need for this type of facility in Cameron County and was familiar with the services provided by Comfort House in McAllen, Tx in Hidalgo County.

Board of Directors

Edward C. Camarillo

Executive Director
Sunshine Haven Hospice

Elizabeth Ramirez

Board President
Vice President at Plains Capital Bank

Christy Duran

Board Vice President
Hospice Liason for Amedisys

Michelle Davis

Board Secretary
Owner of Counselor on the Go

Alexis de Sela

Board Treasurer
CEO of De Sela Consulting

Gilbert Sandoval Jr.

Board Member
Director of Supportive Medicine Business Development at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Health Hospice

Cyndi Hinojosa

Board Member
Cameron County Justice of the Peace Pct. 2

Katy Abete

Board Member
Digital Information & Media Platforms Coordinator at Brownsville Public Utilities Board

Emma Leal

Board Member
Retired Health Care Professional

Celia Cavazos

Board Member
Social Worker with Case Management LBSW at Valley Baptist Medical Center

Sylvia Vidal

Board Member
Director of Case Mangement at Valley Regional Medical Center

Margaret Rubi

Board Member
Clinical Assistant Professor UTRGV School of Nursing

Gracie Reyes

Non-Voting Board Member
Bingo Gardens Representative