Annual Report for 2015

Message From Our Chair and Executive Director

 

In 2015 Shepherd Home was honored to care for 18 individuals, ages 53 to 94, journeying with them during their final days. It has been a privilege to provide end of life care for the courageous women and men who are welcomed to our doors and to provide a home setting for them, 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 we were not able to cover our operating expenses from our income generated through donations and fundraising.  The shortfall was taken from our reserve and we are hopeful that 2016 will end with a balanced budget.   Through our partnership with the Rochester Area Community Foundation we are pleased to have professional management of our endowment fund and to have access to a professional staff that will support us in numerous ways.   We are collaborating with the foundation to help us reach donors who would like information about long term giving and estate planning. 

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. Two large flat screen TV’s were donated by the families of two of our residents. We continued to update our IT system with the purchase a new computer for our bookkeeper and other clerical volunteers.

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 also continues to appreciate our vital connections to the community; staff member, Tracy Dovi is our liason with the Penfield Business Association. The PBA sponsors an annual golf tournament which results in a generous donation to Shepherd Home.

The highlight of our year was our 10th Anniversary celebration at Midvale Country Club on November 15. SH Staff and volunteers as well as family members of our resident angels and community supporters gathered to share memories of the past decade and pay tribute to those who were instrumental in the founding of SH. Chan Philbrick was honored for his 12 years of service as chairperson of our Board of Directors and the families of Joan Benati RN, BSN and Jane Betlem were present as we honored their memories for their vital contributions to SH.

We closed the year with a ceremony of light and joy; on December 14 we held our fifth “Wings of Light “ Luminaria. Individuals made donations for more than 250 candles to honor the memories of loved ones. 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 11th year of service is under way, we look forward to continuing this gentle ministry to the dying and their families.


         Betsy Inglis, Executive Director         Lizz Ortolani, Board Chair