Annual Report for 2013

Message From Our Chair and Executive Director

 

In 2013, Shepherd Home cared for 20 individuals, journeying with them during their final days of life. It is a privilege to provide end of life care for the women and men who are welcomed to our doors, providing a home setting for them and their grieving families and friends, and with no financial burden to them. Shepherd Home does not receive payment for our services and we, as a private home, are not eligible to receive insurance reimbursement.

Our loving volunteers are the heart of our home and we welcomed and trained many new volunteers to become hands-on caregivers. We’re also happy to have other new friends helping out with fundraising, home maintenance, landscaping and technical support.

We are grateful to the Penfield community and beyond that we are able to cover our operating expenses through donations and memorials as well as through our many fundraising events.  Last year we actually had a surplus of about $26,000 that will help build our reserves to support future repairs and capital improvements. More details are in our 2013 Financial Information section of this report. We continue to feel blessed by our partnership with the Rochester Area Community Foundation. We are pleased to have professional management of our funds and access to a professional staff that will lend support with our Planned Giving program.

The generosity of our donors 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 engraved with the name of deceased loved ones. More plantings have been added to our beautifully landscaped front, side and back yards. We also continue to make improvements and repairs to the interior of our home with the comfort of our residents and their visitors in mind.

Shepherd Home staff continue 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. Distinguished filmmaker, David Marshall, filmed the Harley students’ involvement here at SH and we are featured in his documentary, Beginning with the End, which is just now hitting the awards festival circuit.

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 each July which results in a generous donation to SH.

We closed the year with a ceremony of light and joy; on December 16 we held our third “Wings of Light” Luminaria event. Individuals made donations for more than 300 candles to honor the memories of loved ones. Many families and SH supporters gathered on this cold winter night to enjoy the glow of the candles and mingle with SH volunteers and friends.

As our 9th year of service is under way, we look forward to continuing this gentle ministry to the dying and their families and we are grateful for the blessings this sacred work brings to all who are involved.

         Betsy Inglis, Executive Director         Chan Philbrick, Board Chair



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