Gathering at the Centre Hills
Country Club today, about 40 members of Centre Foundation’s Anniversary Circle came
together for the annual luncheon. They
heard presentations about special projects in need of funding from this year’s
three finalists: House of Care, Centre
County Youth Service Bureau, and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Centre County. Afterward, members had a difficult task: voting for just one of the projects. After tallying the votes, Executive Director
Al Jones announced that the House of Care would be the recipient of the $10,000
Anniversary Circle 2013 Grant.
“On behalf of all of our
Anniversary Circle members here at Centre Foundation, we are delighted to award
the House of Care this $10,000 grant so they can continue providing great
service in a home environment under a new, sturdy roof,” said Jones.
member Jeannine Lozier and Administrator Audrey Smith gave a 10-minute presentation to
the Anniversary Circle. Lozier began by
telling a story about a former resident who had no family members left, so when
he passed away the House of Care held a memorial service to honor his life because
they had become his family. This theme
continued throughout the presentation, as Lozier explained that so much more
than just administering prescriptions is provided to their residents. “We do more than just care for them, we love
them,” Lozier said. She continued, “This project is
not about a roof. It’s about people…Our
residents open their doors into a home, not a hallway.”
the roof ensures that the House of Care can continue to provide the most basic
level of service, providing a safe and secure roof over their residents’
heads. Lozier went on to say that it
“ensures that we remain a home for our residents, now and in the future.” For an organization that only receives 30% of
its operating budget from the residents, the Anniversary Grant will make an
enormous and immediate impact on financing the new roof.
The House of Care will use
this money to put a new roof on their building, which has not been replaced
since 1974. The two-story, 1920s
building is home to persons of low income,
with little or no family support, and who are challenged by terminal illness,
or are not able to fully care for themselves due to physical or mental
limitations. The House of Care is able
to care for up to five residents at a time and facilitates a family-setting by
having family meals in the kitchen, group activities in the living room, and
working together in the garden.
also go on field trips together. They
enjoy Spikes games and visits to Tait Farm to play with the basset hound puppies. One resident who has dementia is especially
soothed by the interactions with the puppies, as well as by the baby chicks
that one staff member provided. Another
resident voiced his desire to have a garden, which bloomed into a reality that
all the residents now enjoy. He and the
“gardening angel” volunteers maintain the garden year round, from planting to
The House of Care joins our other Anniversary Circle grant recipients: Discovery Space of Central Pennsylvania, Housing Transitions, Strawberry Fields, Park Forest Day Nursery, Interfaith Mission and Community Help Centre. To learn more about joining the Anniversary Circle, please call our office at 237-6229.
Finally, a big thank you to this year’s Nominating Committee members: Blake Gall, Lam Hood, and Donna Litke. We would also like to recognize the other presenters who did a great job: Denise McCann from the Youth Service Bureau and Jill Redman from Habitat for Humanity.