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Moments Matter…Even More With the Support of the Town of Goderich

Posted on Wednesday August 04, 2021

The Town of Goderich and the Goderich Council are making moments matter at Huron Hospice. Recently, Council voted to contribute $15,000 to the Huron Hospice, Moments Matter … Even More Capital Campaign.

On behalf of the board of directors, the 130 volunteers and staff of Huron Hospice, Jay McFarlan, Chair of the Board, extends a sincere thank you to Mayor John Grace and the entire Goderich Council. “Your gift helps secure an essential place for Huron Hospice, in Huron County health care.“
McFarlan went on to say, “For over 28 years, Huron Hospice has been training volunteers that provide in-home compassionate care for people and their families who are on the end-of-life journey. Huron Hospice also facilitates cancer support groups, grief and bereavement programs for children, youth and adults.”
In 2018, the Huron Hospice Board bought a home and made renovations to accommodate four hospice bedrooms. Non-bedroom space was temporarily repurposed to accommodate two new bedrooms and a large bathroom, including a tub with a lift. Since opening, Hospice nurses and volunteers have provided end-of-life care to over 130 residents and their families at no cost. McFarlan said, “At the time, we knew we would have to expand the Hospice and increase the number of beds. However, by April of 2019, the demand for residence services meant the Hospice was full much of the year and had a waiting list. We dusted off the early expansion plans to add additional bedrooms. When the project is complete, Huron Hospice will increase capacity at the residence from 60 to up to 100 families per year, to help meet the increasing need for our end-of-life care in Goderich and Huron County.”
According to Huron Hospice Executive Director, Willy Van Klooster, “The Moments Matter Even More capital fundraising campaign will cover:
• Construction of four bedrooms with ensuites and private outdoor patios.
• Converting two temporary bedrooms into a quiet family space and The Bayfield Children’s Room.
• Construction of accessible walking paths.
• Construction of a covered entry and expanded driveway.
• Renovation and restructuring of utility and HVAC.
• Construction of nursing and communications space.
Van Klooster went on to elaborate that, “There is one important milestone to keep in mind. The Ontario Government has committed to match all dollars we raise to a maximum of $680,000. So, if we raise $680,000 we add $680,000 to our campaign bottom line. With the help of the Town of Goderich we will reach our goal and increase high quality essential hospice care close to home where it matters most.”

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Capital Campaign Contacts
Bryan Vincent, Retired Local Business Owner
Jay McFarlan, Huron Hospice Board Chair
Willy Van Klooster, Huron Hospice Executive Director
519-482-3440, ext. 6300
Christopher Walker, Huron Hospice Manager of Fund Development
519-482-3440, ext. 6303

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