Annual Report for 2011

Message From Our Chair and Director

 

In 2011 Shepherd Home was honored to care for 21 individuals, accompanying them on their final journey. It has been a privilege to provide end of life care for the women and men who are welcomed through our doors and to provide a home setting for them and their grieving families and friends, with no financial burden to them. Shepherd Home does not receive payment for our services and we are not eligible to receive insurance reimbursement.

The ongoing support of the Penfield community and beyond has enabled us to not only provide the compassionate care for which we are known, but to continue to maintain and improve our property. We have extended our Memorial Walkway in which we place bricks that are engraved with the names of deceased loved ones. Many more plantings have been added to our beautifully landscaped front, back and side yards. We also have been able to make many improvements to the interior of our home with the comfort of our residents and their families in mind.

Shepherd Home staff continues to seek opportunities to educate the community about end of life care and to provide students with hands on care opportunities. This year several young women and men from The Harley School hospice program and St. John Fisher School of Nursing have assisted our nurses and volunteers in caring for our residents and brightening their days. Shepherd Home also made presentations at the Penfield Methodist Church, Osher Lifelong Learning Center and the Penfield Recreation Adult Education program. Shepherd Home also made another very important connection to our community; we have become members of the Penfield Business Association and our staff member, Tracy Dovi, was elected to their board.

We were blessed to hold a very special event at SH in July; the renewal of vows of one of our residents, Shelley Henry and her husband Ray. Under a sunny blue sky, seventy of their family and friends were able to witness this beautiful exchange in our gazebo, with the bride in a wedding gown and the entire party in gowns and tuxedos. Music, flowers, wedding cake and a delicious luncheon was provided by our staff and volunteers. This event will live in our memory for all time.

On November 5, we held a Remembrance and Bereavement Service for the families and friends of our deceased residents and deceased SH supporters. Reverend Vicky Prescott, rector of The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, led the service, which was attended by over 100 guests.

We closed the year with a ceremony of light and joy. We held our first Luminaria on December 19 and donations were made for 300 candles to honor the memories of loved ones. Many families stopped into our home for a tour and were treated to hot chocolate and holiday pastries.

As our seventh year of service is underway, the Shepherd Home Planned Giving Committee is working to present information on how to make a bequest, allowing the donor to be forever associated with the good work of Shepherd Home.


Channing Philbrick, Chairman
Betsy Inglis, Executive Director