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Hospice House Foundation of WNC receives almost $100,000 in grant awards

Hospice House Foundation of WNC (HHFWNC), whose mission is to construct an in-patient hospice facility in Franklin to serve the residents of far western North Carolina and northeastern Georgia, has been awarded grants totally nearly $100,000 in the past four months. This major support brings the Foundation within $250,000 of its final fundraising goal, according to Foundation President Michele Alderson

The Foundation’s most recent grant awards include:

  •   The Church of the Good Shepherd – $10,000
  •   Highlands-Cashiers Health Foundation – $31,420
  •  Mountain Findings – $25,000
  •  Philip L. Van Every Foundation – $25,000

    “SECU Hospice House of WNC, so named in recognition of and appreciation for an extraordinary $1 million lead gift from the State Employees’ Credit Union Foundation, is slated to open this time next year,” Alderson said. “It will be through the philanthropic spirit of organizations like those listed here, individuals and corporate donors that our mountain region will one day soon be blessed with a Hospice House.”

    The need for an in-patient hospice facility in the far western mountain region is great, said Alderson, considering that 25 percent of the population in this geographic area is age 65 or over, the age group most served by hospice.

    “When we open the doors next year, SECU Hospice House of WNC (SECUHH) will become the only in-patient hospice facility in North Carolina west of Asheville, increasing the percentage of WNC residents living within 35miles of such a facility from zero to nearly 75 percent,” she said.

    SECUHH was designed incorporating a 50+ year old 3,300 sq. foot home at 272 Maple Street in Franklin which will provide the home-like environment with which Hospice Houses have become synonymous, where loved ones of SECUHH patients can access comfortable areas for resting, cooking, and spiritual reflection. And, because of the slopped typography of the property, the facility has been designed to include a 3,000-square-foot lower level that will be utilized in support of palliative care and hospice services. Palliative care helps improve quality of life in people with serious illnesses, including but not limited to hospice patients, through relief of pain (and other troubling symptoms) and stress management, as well as helping the patient understand treatment options and answering questions about their illness/care.

    An immediate funding need facing the Foundation is for architectural/engineering services related to renovation of the residential home and completion of the in-patient facility’s lower level, an estimated $35,000 expense that was not part of the original fundraising campaign budget, Alderson said.

SECUHH is a collaborative initiative between two not-for-profits, HHFWNC and Four Seasons The Care You Trust. It aims to address three health and wellness gaps existing in the western counties:

  1. 1)  A lack of quality end-of-life in-patient care – SECUHH will address the area’s long-distance barrier to receiving dedicated end-of-life in-patient care, including symptom and pain management;
  2. 2)  Inadequate access to mental health support – As a result of SECUHH, Four Seasons is projected to increase its grief and loss support by helping more families cope with the illness and death of loved ones;
  3. 3)  Health risks associated with caregiving – SECUHH will provide respite care (temporary institutional care of a sick individual, providing relief for the caregiver), helping caregivers get the rest they need to stay well.

Construction of the in-patient care unit is 80 percent complete. Its completion, along with renovation of the residential home and construction of the lower level of the in-patient facility, is anticipated to be finished Summer/Fall 2023.

Once HHFWNC completes construction, Four Seasons will operate this new in-patient facility.

About Hospice House Foundation of WNC:
Hospice House Foundation of WNC is a 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to raise funds for a hospice inpatient facility for the far westernregionofNorthCarolinaandnortheastGeorgia.

To learn how you can support this important regional initiative, contact: Michele R. Alderson, President
Hospice House Foundation of WNC
P.O. Box 815, Franklin, NC 28744, 828-524-6375

About Four Seasons:
Four Seasons is a not-for-profit serving the 13-county western North Carolina region through its programs in hospice and palliative care, home care, care navigation, bereavement and clinical research studies. For more information, visit them at

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