Presbyterian Communities and Services is blessed to have generous support from faithful donors each year. Our donors are a vital part of caring for hospice patients who come to us without insurance and seeking help as the end of life nears. This support has enriched the lives of seniors at our communities who have exhausted their financial resources and have nowhere else to turn.
We see the impact of generous gifts every day when…
…a young child that has experienced the devastating loss of a parent begins to thrive, not just survive, on their grief journey with the care and support of a child life specialist.
…a 101-year-old who has outlived her resources finds comfort when she is able to continue receiving care at the community she loves, because Caring Funds are available.
…a young father on hospice writes and records a song for his ten year-old daughter with the help of a music therapist, and after his death, his song sustains her.
Still, there are many more who need your support. The reality is the needs of those served by Presbyterian Communities and Services is greater than ever before. On any given day, we care for more than 3,700 residents, patients and family members – including 1,000 children served through our bereavement and grief support programs. This year, we will provide over $2.6 million in benevolent care, made possible only because of generous donations to the Caring Funds.
In this season of giving, will you join others with a gift of support? Your gift will provide a lifeline and peace of mind for those who need it most.
What if you were on hospice care? Can you imagine seeing your children struggle with your terminal illness, fearing that no one will be there to help and support them through the most painful time of their lives?
Meet the Quins – Rich, Kim and their daughters Grace and Aubrey. Rich was diagnosed with cancer on October 18. He was an amazing man who loved being a father. “My daddy was indescribable, courageous,” says ten year-old Grace.
Rich’s situation went from a normal life, to a diagnosis, to critical almost overnight. When Rich started hospice care, Erica Smith, a child life specialist from Faith Presbyterian Hospice began working with Grace and Aubrey to help prepare them for Rich’s death. Erica also worked with Kim so that she could understand the children’s needs and emotions.
“Grace and Aubrey were able to be helped [by Erica] in ways that I would never have thought to help them. Do I tell them that daddy is dying? Do I protect them from seeing him? Erica helped us with the tough conversations, and continues to be there for us when the girls struggle and miss their dad,” says Kim.
Generous donations provide for 100% of our child life services and grief programs. With your support, we can continue to help courageous families like the Quins and make sure they have the support they need when their loved one is dying and after the loss.
Imagine facing the debility of a devastating disease when the need for critical healthcare exceeds your ability to pay. Retired pastor John Thomas and his wife Betty* live at a Presbyterian Communities and Services community. Despite careful planning, the couple’s limited retirement savings were destroyed by Betty’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. John and Betty reached out to us for help. Because of generous gifts, Caring Funds were available to supplement the cost of Betty’s care, providing peace of mind for these community servants.
We cannot do this work alone – we need your support. Will you join with me in reaching our goal of $2.6 million by December 31, 2015 to ensure that we never have to turn away a senior, patient or family at their greatest time of need because of lack of funding? Your generous gift will allow others to experience peace this Christmas.
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Blessings and thanks for your consideration of support!
Godwin G. Dixon
President and CEO, Presbyterian Communities and Services Foundation
P.S. Make a gift today to help us reach our goal. You can easily give online at https://www.prescs.org/give-now.
*Names changed to protect anonymity.