Annual Report for 2012

Message From Our Chair and Executive Director

 

In 2012 Shepherd Home was honored to care for 24 individuals, journeying with them during their final days. It has been a privilege to provide end of life care for the women and men who are welcomed to 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.

This past year was the first time since we opened in 2005 that we were not able to cover our operating expenses from income generated through donations or fund raising. The $11,000 shortfall was taken from our reserve and we are hopeful that 2013 will end with a balanced budget. We established a partnership with the Rochester Area Community Foundation and we are pleased to have professional management of our funds and excited to have access to a professional staff that will support with our Planned Giving program.

The ongoing support of the Penfield community and beyond has not only enabled us to 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 name of deceased loved ones. Many more plantings have been added to our beautifully landscaped front, back and side yards. We have also been able to make improvements to the interior of our home with the comfort of our residents and their visitors 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 day. Shepherd Home continues to appreciate our vital connections to the community; staff member, Tracy Dovi represents SH on the Penfield Business Association Board. The PBA sponsors an annual golf tournament which results in a generous donation to Shepherd Home.

We closed the year with a ceremony of light and joy; on December 17 we held our second “Wings of Light “ Luminaria. Individuals made donations for more than 300 candles to honor the memories of loved ones. This year we also lit candles to remember the 20 students and the 6 teachers so tragically slain in Newtown, Connecticut. Many families gathered on this cold winter night to enjoy the glow of the candles and to mingle with friends and SH staff.

As our 8th year of service is under way, we look forward to continuing this gentle ministry to the dying and their families.

         Betsy Inglis, Executive Director         Chan Philbrick, Board Chair