The Huron Shores Hospice Steering Committee has been meeting for several years to bring a residential hospice to the residents of south Bruce County. A residential hospice will provide a home-like setting where adults and children with life-limiting illnesses receive end-of-life care. Huron Shores Hospice will empower individuals to live well to the end of life by providing compassionate, dignified and holistic care, while supporting their family members and friends.
We have the support of our local physicians, elected representatives, service providers, and many of our large employers, as well as many residents who have pledged donations and offered their assistance. The committee has incorporated as a not-for-profit, and has received its CRA charitable number, selected Tiverton Park Manor as our co-location partner for an initial one-bed suite, kicked-off its fundraising campaign, Hearts for Hospice, with Duncan Hawthorne as our honorary chair, held our first successful fundraisers and now are working to develop the policies and procedures, and the assessment tools we need to open that first bed. We are looking at a mid-spring 2018 opening.
To date, we have raised over $350,000, needed to operate the residential hospice suite for two years and to furnish and equip the suit. Now that we have secured the funds required to successfully operate our first suite, we will move to Phase II of our fundraising efforts to raise $200,000 to open a much needed second suite to accommodate as many people as possible with hospice services for Kincardine, Amberly, Lucknow, Ripley, Paisley, Glammis,Tiverton and Saugeen Shores.
Community support is essential to our plan because funding from the government is not available at this time, and when available will only provide, under the current process, about one-third of the cost to run the hospice. The remaining two-thirds must be raised through fundraising and memorial donations. We realize this is a big ask of our community. But we also believe that everyone has the right to die with dignity, in a home-like setting, surrounded by compassion: we see residential hospice as the best way to deliver this service.
We are looking for volunteers for the next phase of our development. While we originally thought that we would be working with an established hospice that would provide most of the administrative framework, we have realized that will not happen for the present. SO.... we are looking at developing an operating board of directors as well as a strong fundraising group, who together will steer the organization for the next two years. Additionally, we are seeking committed individuals who are willing to work with us at our one-bed site in Tiverton once it opens in 2018. We need a variety of volunteers to support our residents and their families. Training is available and required if you are interested. Give us a call or send an email and we'll explore the possibilities with you!
We're really grateful to the following sponsors for their support!