The Hospice House Foundation (HHF) continues to get closer to its goal of raising $3.8 million. This past weekend, a fundraiser was held to benefit the Hospice House that will be located on Maple Street here in Franklin in hopes of achieving the goal that would allow them to match the $1 million challenge grant that the State Employees Credit Union (SECU) Foundation has given the organization.
A challenge grant means that once half of the $3.8 million that is being projected for renovations is raised, the $1 million from SECU will then be awarded.
The HHF's third annual shrimp boil took place at the Rose Creek Campground located in the Rose Creek Community just north of town. This year's event was called Music Under the Stars. Aside from the $25 each attendee paid, there were also luminaries available for purchase in memory of a loved one. The luminaries were then lit and released into the sky once it became dark.
“We were blessed with beautiful weather Saturday and a great turnout from the community,” said Michele Alderson, president of HHF. “There were 150 people that came out to enjoy the shrimp dinner and music provided by SmokeRise. It was a wonderful time.”
The community can expect more fundraisers as time passes, but Alderson hopes to be able to partner with other organizations in the area.
“We want to get the community involved with these fundraisers. We want to partner with organizations to host the fundraisers,” she said. “We're giving this great thing to the community after all and so we're hoping there will be people out there willing to work on fundraising with us.”
Once the Hospice House is up and running, it will provide residential style living areas, exterior gardens and six spacious private patient suites with covered porches. The house will also feature a sun room, screened porch, a family kitchen, dining room, living room, chapel, and den with a fireplace.
Patients who are experiencing many different circumstances will be able to come to the facility to address their needs. Respite care is one of the many services that will be offered which means that patients will be able to come to the house for up to five days while their caregivers take time to rest, travel, or do anything else they may want or need to do. While under care at Hospice House, patients will receive medical attention.
People will also be able to be admitted to the house at the end of life in order to go through the event as comfortably as possible. Families and caregivers will be able to stay with their loved ones while the patient is at the residence for any reason.
Those who may be interested in visiting the Hospice House can contact Alderson in order to arrange a tour. She can be reached at (828)524-6375. Information can also be found at the HHF website, www.hhfwnc.org.
“We want people to come see what we're doing. They can take tours or even host meetings here if they would like. We're recruiting more volunteers so hopefully pretty soon we will have somebody on site most of the time,” said Alderson.