St. Agnes House

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A Home Away From Home When You Or A Loved One Needs Medical Care.

A Jubilee Ministry of The Episcopal Church

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St Agnes’ House provides physical, emotional, spiritual and economic respite during a difficult time in the lives of our guests. While we always appreciate donations, the $10 per person per night fee we ask for is not required and can be waived or even sponsored by some of the donations the house receives.

We are called to help those in great need and provide for them the emotional and spiritual support of a home during their period of recovery  or moments of worry for their loved ones. Our staff and volunteers are pleased to assist guests with their needs.

FUNDING
See the Get Involved page for all of the ways you can contribute to St. Agnes’ House.  

Our budget for 2014 is $104,000.  In addition, we rely upon in-kind donations of cleaning and office supplies.

Help Close the Funding Gap Today!

 

As of May 31, we need $67,583 to close the funding gap for 2014!

As of May 31, we need $67,583 to close the funding gap for 2014!

 

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A View From the Porch (July 16, 2014)

Outside, it’s noisy.  The University of Kentucky Business Hall has moved into the former Lexington Theological Seminary.  Mandrell Hall is the name of the building right next to us.  The move-in was quiet and there is more activity…more cars in and out of the parking lot and more people around the building.  This week, they’ve been doing some major work outside with big equipment and like good construction people, they start fairly early in the morning.

Change is evident.  Very little remains the same, yet many of us find change very difficult.  Last night on Charlie Rose, I was listening to Reid Hoffman, founder of LinkedIn, speak about the importance of people who are adapters.

Well, St. Agnes’ House is certainly an adapter.  Started and focused on assisting people who came to Lexington for cobalt treatments for cancer, the services changed as cancer treatment changed.  Then Ronald McDonald House opened caring for children and their families.  Then Hope Lodge opened for people needing to come to Lexington for cancer treatment.  And cancer treatment became more widely available in peoples’ home communities.

Yet…there was still a need for St. Agnes’ House!  This year so far, we have an average 76% occupancy rate.  We’ve provided 1381 room nights of lodging!  And let me tell you, medical care and treatment has many variables in it.  Some people cannot come to Lexington unless they have lodging, so treatment is delayed.  Unexpected complications arise so people need to stay longer.  Sometimes people recover faster and leave early.  We work hard to be supportive and caring and flexible.  Sometimes we start the week with a full house and with all of the variables, end the week with available and empty rooms.

Sometimes we don’t see the people staying here.  They are at the hospital much of the day and late into the evening.  Sometimes there is a crowd, sharing meals together and supporting each other.

Thanks to so many of you, St. Agnes’ House is still available to those facing these difficult challenges.  That is one thing that hasn’t changed in 40 years.  But just about everything else has needed to adapt!

Enjoy our View From the Porch!

Love, Rebecca+

Pillows!  

Sixteen new pillows for our beds.  We use 32 pillows in our 9 rooms.

Sixteen new pillows for our beds. We use 32 pillows in our 9 rooms.

Imagine how much use these pillows get!  We need 32 pillows for each bed spot in the house (that’s 2 pillows per spot)!  Recently a generous donor sent us 16 pillows!  More pillows were donated last month, so we have about 21 of the 32 we’d like to have.  Also, thanks to a donor who gave us an Amazon Gift Card, we purchased 16 pillow covers to extend the life of these pillows.  Just need 16 more….

Takes quite a lot of sheets, towels, blankets and pillows to accommodate our guests.  They appreciate the lovely look of the rooms when they come… the welcome they receive.  We constantly hear how grateful they are to be able to stay here.  And thanks to the pillow donors, they not only have a place to lay their heads, but a pillow to put underneath them.

Find out what else it takes to run St. Agnes’ House 9 guest rooms, 6 bathrooms, 2 kitchens and 2 living rooms, plus staff quarters!  Visit our Amazon Wish List.

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If you look closely, you can see the construction equipment next door.

If you look closely, you can see the construction equipment next door.

The pretty Marigolds...

The pretty Marigolds…

 

A View From the Porch (July 9, 2014)

Today I’m thinking about hope…that thing that we cannot hold, yet undergirds our very being.  St. Agnes’ House is filled with hope.  Yes, people are going through some of the most difficult challenges in their lives, so there is chaos, fear, and uncertainty.  At the same time, they hold great hope… for a cure…that the medical treatment will work…that they or their loved one can go home… that life will be better than it has been recently.

St. Agnes’ House contributes to that hope.  There is a community here to share the good days and the difficult days.  There is peace and quiet here.  There is a good night’s sleep here.  The worry of where to stay and how to afford a place to stay is gone.  The worry of how to get back and forth to the hospital is gone.

Hope changes, of course.  Sometimes there is no cure or no treatment.  Sometimes the improvement is not much.  Even so, St. Agnes’ House allowed worry to be decreased so hope could be increased!

Enjoy our view from the porch!  I’ve included some photos from the patio,too.  Guests are gathering here frequently throughout the day and evening, enjoying each others’ company and the inviting space.

Blessings to you!

Rebecca+

Donations Needed!

Remember to check our Amazon Wish List for items to donate.  You can buy them from Amazon and have them shipped directly to us.  Some items allow you to subscribe, so the item will be sent each month.  Or go to your favorite store to purchase items and drop them off a the House.  Mary says many of the dollar discount stores have cleaning items at great prices.

Currently we need:  Lysol Spray, Clorox cleaning wipes, All purpose cleaner, shower cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner, bleach, fabric dryer sheets, floor cleaner, and hand soap.

THANKS so much!

Volunteers Needed to pick up Chipotle and Starbucks donations!

Consider volunteering at St. Agnes’ House.  Information is available on our volunteer page.  There are a variety of tasks, requiring a variety of skills.

Currently, we are in need of people to pick up our Starbucks and Chipotle donations and bring them to the House.  Both stores are close to St. Agnes’ House.

Chipotle, 345 S. Limestone:  Every Monday and Friday between 8:30-10:00am.  Donations consist of meat.  Bring to house and place in refrigerator.

Starbucks, 870 S. Broadway (near Virginia Ave.):  Every Monday, any time.  Donations consist of pastries.  Bring to house.  If you have time, bag items and place in freezer for guests.  Count items for weekly donation report.

Please contact Mary at 859-396-4603 if you are interested, even if you could do only one day or even a month.

The flowers and swing create an enjoyable resting place.

The flowers and swing create an enjoyable resting place.

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The patio is an inviting gathering place after a day at the hospital.

The patio is an inviting gathering place after a day at the hospital.

Can you find the sunflower?

Can you find the sunflower?

 

Cleaning Items needed at St. Agnes’ House!

Our cleaning closet is getting low on the following cleaning products.  Check our Amazon Wish List where you can order and have the items sent directly to us, Or go to your favorite store and buy them and drop them off to us.  Mary says the many dollar stores have the items at a reasonable price.

All Purpose Cleaner
Bleach
Clorox Wipes
Fabric Sheets
Floor Cleaner
Lysol Spray
Shower Cleaner
Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Thanks for your help!

 

A View From the Porch (July 2, 2014)

“I like it here.  It’s homey.”

Yesterday, as the hot, sultry days of July began, this was what I heard over and over from our guests.  We have a full house and there is lots of activity here.  One couple is sharing their large room with another patient they met at the hospital who needed lodging. Last evening, many guests gathered on the patio for a cook out.  The challenge of being away from home, of facing difficult physical health needs, of being in a strange place, of not knowing what will come next, of facing their mortality, of not knowing how to support a loved one, creates a camaraderie and spirit of care that, ultimately, is healing.

Jesus taught us the importance of community.  Jesus showed us we do not need to carry our burdens alone.  St. Agnes’ House provides a place where the heavy burdens of life can be carried together.  Thanks for your support of this homey place.

Love, Rebecca+

This week our porch is decorated for July 4th!  Enjoy our view. ( And scroll down to see photos from our night at the Legends!)

Our porch is decorated in red, white and blue for July 4th.

Our porch is decorated in red, white and blue for July 4th.

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Community Organization of the Night at Legends Ballpark

On July 1, St. Agnes’ House was the Community Organization of the Night at the Legends’ ballpark as the Legends hosted the Greensboro Grasshoppers.  While the Legends lost, it was a fairly close, high scoring game (12-16).  We had a table with our information in a shady part of the concourse.  We were interviewed at home plate prior to the start of the game and interviewed on ESPN Radio WLXG 1300 AM by Keith Elkins.  We were warmly received and provided a great outreach to the community.

A friend told me today that she heard me on the radio as she and her son were driving home from baseball practice.  When she told her son she knew me, he said with awe and surprise, “Mom, you know a movie star!”  Grateful to the Legends ball club for this great opportunity.  Enjoy the photos from the game!

Our table in a shaded area by the main entrance.

Our table in a shaded area by the main entrance.

With the Legends' baseball :)

With the Legends’ baseball :)

A great night at the ballpark!

A great night at the ballpark!

In the booth with Keith Elkins

In the booth with Keith Elkins

Former State Senator Flynn has worked at the ballpark since its opening 14 years ago.

Former State Senator Flynn has worked at the ballpark since its opening 14 years ago.

Senator Flynn's son is Doug Flynn, who played for the World Series winning Cincinnati Reds.

Senator Flynn’s son is Doug Flynn, who played for the World Series winning Cincinnati Reds.

A View From the Porch (June 25, 2014)

Today I’m thinking about baseball.  On Tuesday, July 1, St. Agnes’ House will be the Community Organization of the Night as the Lexington Legends play the Greensboro Grasshoppers.  We can tell the story of St. Agnes’ House prior to the first pitch, as well as on the radio between innings.  We will have an information table at the game.  It’s a great opportunity!

And I love baseball, especially low scoring, good pitching games.  I’m not much for watching it on TV or listening to the game on the radio.  I like to be there in the stands.  In the heat of the summer, with the green field and perfectly manicured dirt.  I enjoy watching the way the team works together.  The strategy of who hits first and who hits last.  The communication between the catcher and pitcher about which pitch to throw to which hitter.  How each person on the team plays their position and yet is aware of what is happening with the ball.  It’s a beautifully choreographed game.

And it takes lots of teamwork to make St. Agnes’ House work.  Our team has many members:  the volunteers who answer the phones, tell our story, pray for our guests and the ministry, raise funds,  and donate needed items; the staff who clean the rooms, care for the house and the grounds, and lend a listening ear to our guests; the Diocesan Mission and Ministry committee who provide support; and Diocesan staff who provide administrative support.

This afternoon, as I was returning to the house, Monica and Jerry were in the kitchen.  Tall Monica with long brown hair, about 45, and shorter Jerry with a stubbly beard and short brown hair, about 45, were just getting up.  “Good Afternoon,” Monica said.  She was somewhat embarrassed, explaining that they’d just gotten up.  She was fixing herself a cup of tea.  “We really needed that sleep,” she explained.  “I’m glad we had a place for you to stay,” I replied.

Jerry and Monica’s daughter is in the hospital with a severe lung condition.  They’re hoping a recent surgery finally resolved the problem, but it’s been a difficult week and finally having a place to stay, where they can sleep in and arise to a cup of tea is a blessing to them.  They couldn’t stop thanking me for being able to stay.

Thanks for the team who makes St. Agnes’ House available to people like Monica and Jerry!

Enjoy our view from the porch!

An orchid blooming on the porch.

An orchid blooming on the porch.

When you sit on our porch, you are surrounded by plants and flowers.

When you sit on our porch, you are surrounded by plants and flowers.

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Our steps took a beating this past winter.  One has been repaired this week.  We need a few more repairs and then a good coat of paint!

Our steps took a beating this past winter. One has been repaired this week. We need a few more repairs and then a good coat of paint!

The rose has finished blooming.  Now the tiger lilies have taken over.

The rose has finished blooming. Now the tiger lilies have taken over.

A View From The Porch (June 18, 2014)

Today’s view is from the porch of a condo in Sea Isle City, New Jersey.  This is the bayside.  Just like the ocean, the bay gets larger and smaller with the tides.  Right now the tide is coming in and soon there will be less grassy area.  When the tide goes out, it’s hard to imagine even the boats getting through the channel.

The bayside provides a nice breeze and much bird life to watch.  Egrets land and wade in the swampy grass, looking for fish or frog.  Red Winged Blackbirds sit atop the reeds and sing their familiar call.  Swifts and terns fly about.  An Osprey nests in the distance.

And the pattern has gone on for thousands of years.  Yes, storms have changed the shape and undoubtedly human beings have changed the shape too.  But the daily in and out of the tides has gone on and on.  The nesting and activity of the birds hasn’t changed much.  Being here on the porch is soothing.  The sounds and the pattern are relaxing.

Forty years ago, planning began for St. Agnes’ House and after a time on Woodland Avenue, by 1977, the House opened in its current location.  Yes, things have changed, but the basic mission of providing affordable, safe, clean lodging for people needing medical care or their family members has remained the same.  The daily tasks of cleaning rooms, changing sheets, taking reservations go on and on.  The care, prayer, and hospitality continue.  St. Agnes’ House is reliable like the rising and falling of the tides.

Enjoy this view from the porch!

Love, Rebecca+

Bayside, Sea Isle City, NJ.  Looking northwest.

Bayside, Sea Isle City, NJ. Looking northwest.

Bayside, Sea Isle City, NJ, looking southwest.

Bayside, Sea Isle City, NJ, looking southwest.

A View From the Porch June 11, 2014

This week’s view from the porch is from my son and daughter-in-law’s home in York, PA.  Yes, I am on vacation.  It’s that time of year.  Growing up, we always took a vacation, even if it was only from PA to upstate New York to visit my grandparents.  As the time neared, my mother would explain my father’s grumpiness by proclaiming, “Your father needs a vacation.”  I learned early that taking a vacation from work was important to rejuvenate oneself.

At the same time, family has always been important to me.  This vacation is about being with and seeing my family.  I started with a visit to my brother.  Now I’m here with my son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren.  Next I’ll go to Northern Virginia to visit my daughter.  Next week, my son and his family and I will be at the beach in New Jersey.

The views today are of the lovely roses in full bloom at my son’s, as well as looking down the street as my grandchildren raced to school.  Yes, they are in their last days of school, so my joy and pleasure is to walk them to school and pick them up at the end of the day.

Thanks to the capable and caring Mary and Reynold, I can take this vacation with great assurance that all is busy and well at St. Agnes’ House.  Will you have a vacation this summer?  Where will you go?

Blessings and peace and enjoy this view from the porch.

The roses in full bloom.

The roses in full bloom.

The grandchildren running to school

The grandchildren running to school

A View From The Porch (June 4, 2014)

Today our view includes a myriad of signs of gardening.  Last evening, Reynold, Mary and I went flower shopping for some annuals.  The flowers that bloom throughout the summer create beauty and calm with their colorful show.

Being frugal and mindful of our budget, we centered on the clearance items.  The petunias were very healthy and full of color.  However, on the true clearance table at the back of the display, there were more flowers in need of care.  We picked geraniums with no flowers and leaves starting to brown at the edges.

Then there was the pink spirea.  It is a shrub.  It is a perennial, blooming year after year.  At $3.00, this perennial was a bargain.  This spirea, however, was filled with dead leaves.  Yet, there was green poking through.  A discussion ensued about how alive this spirea was.  “Break off a branch and see if it’s dead inside or green.”  This was done and the inside was indeed alive.  “This is the challenge spirea,” I said, especially to Reynold.  “Can we make this spirea bloom again?” I asked.

The spirea shrub

The spirea shrub

In choosing the slightly wilted, browned, and nearly dead flowers, not only were we being frugal, we were being optimistic.  Optimistic that the right growing conditions of sun, water, and soil will revive these plants.  “We’ll give you lots of sun,” I said to the spirea, because you know giving off good energy helps plants, too.

And isn’t that the way with St. Agnes’ House?  Nearly 40 years of operation.  A little brown around the edges…a little worn.  It’s beauty still needed, like the beauty of a garden.  With the right conditions of prayer, maintenance, money, and care, it continues to bloom year after year.

Enjoy our view from the porch!

Rebecca+

We need double fitted sheets, towels, hand towels, and pillow cases….

Many heads rest on our pillow cases.

Many heads rest on our pillow cases.

Many towels are needed to provide the refreshment of a shower!

Many towels are needed to provide the refreshment of a shower!

Our double fitted sheets comfort many people during difficult times.

Our double fitted sheets comfort many people during difficult times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you for your generous donations!

You’ve provided $6,450 through our recent fundraising appeal, helping to close the funding gap for 2014!

In addition to the no-sew blankets from the Kyrie Eleison Chapter of the Daughters of the King (see post from June 3), we have received towels and toiletries from employees of the UK HealthCare Physician Liaison Program.

Please continue to pray for our guests!  They tell us they can feel our prayers.

Trimming the bushes

Trimming the bushes

Flowers planted and gardens weeded

Flowers planted and gardens weeded

Our porch view with the flowers we purchased

Our porch view with the flowers we purchased

Beauty and potential beauty abound on the porch

Beauty and potential beauty abound on the porch

The roses are fading and you can more clearly see the purple clematis

The roses are fading and you can more clearly see the purple clematis

Blankets of Love – #StAgnesHouse

The Kyrie Eleison Chapter of The Daughters of the King at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Middlesboro, held a blanket making day for St. Agnes’ House.  Once completed, the blankets were prayed over and blessed and shipped to us.  Guests are enjoying taking a blanket with them and knowing people prayed for them while making the blanket.  Thanks to all at St. Mary’s, especially The Rev. Peter Helman and Natalie Sweet.

We've draped the blankets on chairs in the Chapel for people to make their choice.

We’ve draped the blankets on chairs in the Chapel for people to make their choice.

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The note that accompanied the three boxes of blankets.

The note that accompanied the three boxes of blankets.