Hospeace House Annual Appeal
As we navigate through unprecedented times of the pandemic, Hospeace House continues to serve those needing end-of-life care. We rely on the support of generous neighbors like you to offer the compassionate care they deserve.
Now Hospeace House faces new challenges.
We are struggling to fund our daily operations. Covid-19 disrupted the in-person fundraisers that typically fund our programs. Our expenses have increased with the need for additional staffing and the high cost of PPE needed to safely provide care during this pandemic. The need for our services has increased by more than 150%, as many other comfort care homes are not able to accept residents at this time.
We know for certain that we cannot sit idle. Too many families need us.
Let me tell you about “Gram.”
In February of 2020, I received a phone call from a family that found themselves overwhelmed with navigating their mother's failing health. She had always been a strong, independent woman who lived alone in her own home, able to care for herself. They were just beginning to navigate a journey that eventually we all will face.
I met the family at their mother’s home the next morning. She had started falling, she was having trouble caring for herself, and was often confused and scared at night. I will never forget the look of defeat on their dear mother’s face.
She was teary-eyed when she said, “I know I need help and can’t be calling my children all night long but I love my home and can’t stand the thought of leaving it. I can’t stand the thought of spending my last bit of time on earth in a nursing home or at a hospital. I have lived in this town all my life.”
Fortunately for this family, Hospeace House had an open spot at the time they needed it.
Gram moved in later that week. Gram was able to remain in her town, but more importantly close to her children and in a home setting.
With the amazing efforts of the community, Gram was able to stay at Hospeace House even despite the pandemic. She was able to live her remaining days knowing she would not be separated from her family like so many others within facilities throughout the world had been. On a sunshine-filled day at the end of June, with her children holding her hands, Gram completed her journey.
We couldn’t have given Gram and her family the compassionate care they needed, especially during these COVID times, without the community’s support. We need you now more than ever.
We know keeping people educated and up to date increases the overall well-being of our community. We knew we had to act quickly in the face of this pandemic so we:
- Responded early to being involved with establishing local COVID-19 initiatives.
- Assisted local businesses to establish health and safety measures.
- Developed training documents and was the point of contact for community safety for Rotary members who would distribute supplies and meet the needs of those unable to leave their homes.
- Coordinated mask-making efforts and distribution to essential local businesses.
- Worked with local officials on identified needs within the community and how to address them adequately.
- Provided policies and training to keep our local food pantry operating.
- Provided education on health and safety measures through weekly community forum live streams.
- Assisted with coordination and accessibility of vaccinations
To extend our reach of care during COVID-19, I was granted a temporary unpaid leave from Hospeace House to answer an emergency call to be a nurse during the pandemic in the New York Metropolitan area. In those twelve weeks, I was able to provide kindness and compassion to those at the end of their life who were unable to have loved ones surrounding them. I was able to continue our mission by bringing the work we do at Hospeace House to those that couldn’t reach our services.
With your help, we can remain a place of comfort and peace for your loved ones.
Your past donations have made it possible to remain solvent during this period. We need your support to provide a compassionate and welcoming home to those who need us most.
Every donation that is received stays at Hospeace House and allows us to continue to spread our mission and change the world, two beds at a time.
On behalf of all of us at Hospeace House, thank you for being a part of our community. Without you, none of this is possible.
Stay Safe and well,
Jennifer M. Emmons, RN
Hospeace House, Inc.
To provide a warm, respectful environment meeting the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of those facing the end of life as well as their families. To raise awareness of the hospice philosophy of care.