FACF grant helps open the areas first home for the terminally ill
FREMONT— The Newaygo County Compassion Home has received a $85k grant from Fremont Area Community Foundation to support its mission of providing a full-service home for guests facing end of life as well as support for their family members. The award comes from the Community Grant at the Fremont Area Community Foundation.
Diane Rudholm, executive director of the Newaygo County Compassion Home, said the funds would be used to provide compassionate, loving support to the terminally ill in a peaceful, comfortable home setting while caring for the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of our guests and their families.
“The Compassion Home is meeting a genuine need in the Newaygo County community. For the first time, families will have peace of mind knowing that we now have a designated place where their loved ones can receive professional and compassionate end of life care as a result of the grant.”
The Newaygo County Compassion Home was started in 2013 by registered nurses at Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial. Ann LaPres-Hindes, Amy Drilling and Brandee Chase identified the need for end of life care options in Newaygo County and the Compassion Home mission began. Several other like-minded health care professionals and community members have worked diligently to bring the mission to reality. The Compassion Home is expected to serve around 100 guests a year and will be able to serve up to three (3) guests at a time. The home will be available to guests who are in the final days or weeks of a terminal illness, with each guest under the care of a hospice provider in Newaygo County and surrounding communities.
Today, the Compassion Home is preparing to open a temporary location in White Cloud, Michigan in late January 2018 and will be able to serve two guests at a time while they work on their Capital Campaign for their permanent headquarters which will be located on Stewart Avenue in Fremont, MI. Volunteers are working to make this vision a reality.
It takes a community and our volunteers are the heart and mission of the Newaygo County Compassion Home. If interested in learning how you can help or for more information about Compassion Home, call 231-750-0875 or visit http://newaygocountycompassionhome.com