St. Agnes House

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A Home Away From Home During your Medical Crisis!

Hope Healing Hospitality

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A Jubilee Ministry of The Episcopal Church

St Agnes’ House provides sleeping rooms, TV and kitchen space; emotional, and spiritual care during a difficult time.  We welcome people with all sorts of medical conditions and more than one family member or friend.  We are called to provide 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.

Prayer has always been at the center of what we do.  Prayer services are regularly held in the Chapel and prayer requests are taken.

While we always appreciate donations, the $10 per person per night fee can be difficult for guests to pay.  

SUPPORT ST. AGNES’ HOUSE

Close the funding gap of $85,500 for 2015!  

Listen to how your support changes lives!

St. Agnes’ House provides a way for you to share God’s love within our community.  We are your instrument to show God’s love in the community.  We respect the dignity of every human being.

Your donations provide a chapel, a place to sleep, professionally-laundered linens; a place for guests to do their laundry; a place to make a meal and a community to eat a meal with; and easy access to UK and VA hospitals.  Through your donations, the facility is maintained, keeping it safe, clean and welcoming.

  • See the Donation page for all of the ways you can contribute to St. Agnes’ House.  
  • Do you have a Kroger PLUS Card?  Link your card to St. Agnes’ House and every purchase provides a donation to St. Agnes’ House!  Our Kroger number is 10910.  Go to our Donation page for detailed instructions.
  • Our budget for 2015 is $107,000.  In addition, we rely upon in-kind donations of cleaning and office supplies. Close the Funding Gap of $83,425 Today! Donate online!

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A View from the Porch (May 21, 2015)

Resurrection

In The Episcopal Church Year, this is the last week of Easter.  Sunday, we celebrate Pentecost and the coming of the Holy Spirit, the birth of the church.

Easter is celebrated for 50 days and each day we remember that Christ rose up from the grave, conquering death forever.  Each day is a reminder of the many resurrections in our own lives.

St. Agnes’ House experiences many resurrections, both as a ministry and among our guests.  On Monday, a call came from a hospital chaplain asking if we had a room for a couple from out of state.  Shane, in his late 30s with short brown hair and medium height, was being discharged, but needed to stay close to the hospital for at least a few days.  His wife, Donna,  tall, in her late 30s with long, full brown hair, was with him. The couple needed to change their bus tickets back home, because their original plans were scuttled when Shane ended up in the hospital.

They’d come to visit Shane’s grandmother, who resided in a care facility.  They were able to stay with her for two days, but no longer.  The loving act of taking a long bus ride to visit their grandmother, ended much differently than they’d planned.

Fortunately, and thanks to your donations and ongoing prayers, we had a room.  Shane is feeling much better and he and Donna will be able to take the long bus ride home this weekend.  Meanwhile, they are blessing us and the other guests by cleaning every nook and cranny.

The patio furniture looks brand new.

The patio furniture looks brand new.

The refrigerator is sparkling!

The refrigerator is sparkling!

We plan our lives and yet each day, those plans die.  Things change…AND there is always resurrection and something new!

Enjoy our view from the porch!

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We bought this spirea last year, when it was nearly dead. I challenged Reynold to resurrect it and he did just that!  He's named it Rebecca after me.

We bought this spirea last year, when it was nearly dead. I challenged Reynold to resurrect it and he did just that! He’s named it Rebecca after me.

A View From The Porch (May 13, 2015)

This week the peonies are in bloom!  I love peonies.  They smell wonderful and you can cut them down after they bloom and they come up just as beautiful the next year. When I lived in Kansas, many cemeteries had peonies planted in them since they tended to bloom around Memorial Day.  That was when families gathered and put flowers on the graves of their loved ones.  The peonies provided a beautiful display year after year. The iris are also in bloom.  They are a beautiful orange/yellow color. But my next week, both of these flowers will be dying and I think the roses will be next. They’ve just started to bloom. Each week is a surprise of what’s coming next in the flower gardens.  The ever-changing display is a delight. And so it is at St. Agnes’ House.  Our guests come, bringing their own beauty, even in times of challenge.  Each week, we are surprised and delighted by the continual change of blooms.  Yes, there are times when the flowers are not as bright or droop a little due to the worry and concern of very serious illness.  However, coming to Lexington is about hope and wanting more life and wanting to bloom more and longer.  We are blessed to see the beautiful garden of flowers that come through our doors…. Enjoy our view from the porch! Love, Rebecca+ Moving on… Recently, I accepted a call to be Rector of The Church of the Nativity and St. Stephen’s in Newport, PA.  I will be leaving St. Agnes’ House as Executive Director on June 15, 2015.  I’ve appreciated serving the guests at St. Agnes’ House and been blessed by your support of this important ministry.  I have found it a pleasure to work with the St. Agnes’ House Board of Oversight. Bishop Hahn is working with the Board to determine what’s next.  Reynold and Mary are still at the House and do a terrific job in running and managing the ministry, so the doors will continue to be open and beds will continue to be available for people in medical crisis. Thanks E. O. Robinson Mountain Fund for the $10,000 grant St. Agnes’ House has received a $10,000 grant to provide 370 room nights of lodging for people who reside in 30 counties in Appalachian Kentucky. That’s the cost of a single room for just over 1 year! Established in 1922, the Fund supports health and education programs that promote general welfare and education of people residing in Eastern Appalachian Kentucky. Clean and supply our 8 bathrooms! Go to http://bit.ly/1iawcJs We are especially in need of bathroom cleaning products and supplies.  We have 8 bathrooms, after all!  We need toilet paper, hand soap, toilet bowl cleaner, shower cleaner, Swiffer Wet Jet Cleaner and pads, all-purpose cleaner, and cleaning wipes.  You can find these products on our Amazon Wish List.  THANKS! June 8 Luncheon Planned for Supporters Who Make Pledges to St. Agnes’ House! Throughout the year, a group of supporters regularly sends a donation.  Some send $10, while others send hundreds of dollars.  Some send their donation monthly, while others contribute quarterly or annually.  Almost as important as the regular financial contribution, is the fact that this group consistently remembers St. Agnes’ House thoughout the year.  We look forward to having lunch! Become a Pledger to St. Agnes’ House Join a group of supporters who provide regular, ongoing support for St. Agnes’ House. Pledges of $10 per month and up are possible.  A monthly pledge of $18 per month provides a bed space for one person for one night for each month of the year! There are a number of ways to set this up. 1. Set up a bill pay program with your bank. Make checks payable to St. Agnes’ House and send them to the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington, PO Box 610, Lexington, KY 40588. 2. Send your personal check each month.  Make check payable to St. Agnes’ House and send to Episcopal Diocese of Lexington, PO Box 610, Lexington, KY 40588. 3.  Have a credit card charged each month. Contact Rebecca at stagneslex@gmail.com to set this up.

Thanks to Good Shepherd youth group for painting the porch furniture, creating a lovely place to sit and wait for the shuttle to the hospital.

Thanks to Good Shepherd youth group for painting the porch furniture, creating a lovely place to sit and wait for the shuttle to the hospital.

The view is quiet now.... Classes at UK have ended for the main school year

The view is quiet now…. Classes at UK have ended for the main school year

Peonies galore bloom and spread their fragrance...

Peonies galore bloom and spread their fragrance…

The roses are just starting to bloom

The roses are just starting to bloom

The tall Iris will eventually be replaced by the tiger lilies

The tall Iris will eventually be replaced by the tiger lilies

A View From The Porch (May 7, 2015)

Once again, I’m back in Pennsylvania.  My nephew graduates from Temple University this Friday.  His father, my brother, recently died, so I thought it was necessary for me to attend this acknowledgement of my nephew’s achievement.

At the beginning of the week, I’ve been staying with my son and his family, waking up early as my grandkids get ready for school and being there at the end of the day, helping them with their homework.

On Tuesday evening, my granddaughter said she didn’t feel well.  Taking her temperature proved she had a fever.  She went to bed with juice in a cup nearby and a dose of medicine.

At 12:30 at night, she comes rushing into my room in a panic, waking me up.  She couldn’t find her cup of juice and her mouth was so dry.  This started a period of about 4 hours of her sleeping with me and waking up and needing something.  She just felt miserable.  She wanted to sleep with someone and needed to be comforted.

Isn’t that true for all of us?  When we don’t feel well, we appreciate the comfort of someone who loves us.  We want someone to hear our cries and our fears.

While I was glad to be with my granddaughter for much of the night, I was also tired and exhausted the next day. I’m not used to having my sleep broken up like that throughout the night.  I was grateful when my granddaughter slept through the next night!

That’s why St. Agnes’ House and your contributions are so important.  Together we make sure people facing medical crises have someone they love close by and we make sure that those loved ones can get the breaks and rest they need to be there.

THANKS so much for making love, care and rest happen!

Enjoy my view from the porch.

Love, Rebecca+

Clean and supply our 8 bathrooms! Go to http://bit.ly/1iawcJs

We are especially in need of bathroom cleaning products and supplies.  We have 8 bathrooms, after all!  We need toilet paper, hand soap, toilet bowl cleaner, shower cleaner, Swiffer Wet Jet Cleaner and pads, all-purpose cleaner, and cleaning wipes.  You can find these products on our Amazon Wish List.  THANKS!

Volunteer for data input and cleanup needed!

The Diocese has purchased a donor management system, which allows us to keep better track of your donations and your contact information.  The system is up and running, but as with anything new, needs some further clean-up work.  If you’re skilled at his, please call Rebecca at 859-254-1241.

Become a Pledger to St. Agnes’ House

Join a group of supporters who provide regular, ongoing support for St. Agnes’ House. Pledges of $10 per month and up are possible.  A monthly pledge of $18 per month provides a bed space for one person for one night for each month of the year!

There are a number of ways to set this up.

1. Set up a bill pay program with your bank. Make checks payable to St. Agnes’ House and send them to the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington, PO Box 610, Lexington, KY 40588.

2. Send your personal check each month.  Make check payable to St. Agnes’ House and send to Episcopal Diocese of Lexington, PO Box 610, Lexington, KY 40588.

3.  Have a credit card charged each month. Contact Rebecca at stagneslex@gmail.com to set this up.

The lilacs are in bloom.  I love their fragrance.

The lilacs are in bloom. I love their fragrance.

My parents bought this redbud tree for my son and his family when they moved into their house. A wonderful spring reminder of them.

My parents bought this redbud tree for my son and his family when they moved into their house. A wonderful spring reminder of them.

Lots of songbirds in this neighborhood...

Lots of songbirds in this neighborhood…

I love walking to school or the bus stop with my grandchildren.

I love walking to school or the bus stop with my grandchildren.

A View from the Porch (April 29, 2015)

Having the opportunity to spend some great time with my nephews is always rewarding because I learn so much stuff from them. It’s obvious to figure out why the great son of God, Jesus, pointed out the deep spiritual relationship between children, the adults and the kingdom of his father.

We all love kids, they are so adorable. Why can’t we feel the same for the big ones? I mean, no exceptions! It looks like in termS of opportunity to promise something good in life, as we age, we have less and less to offer. The world is still a very difficult place.

The best of us, regardless of age, find a way to serve and bring relief to the less fortunate. We meet and learn from those servants of goodwill in any field. They are everywhere! They think something can be done so they try and keep trying. Yes, they are our precious volunteers giving their treasure, time, skills and wisdom to brighten our dark day. We thank all of them from the bottom of our heart.
Enjoy our view from the porch!
Love, Reynold
Thanks for donations for refrigerators!
We have 4 refrigerators at St. Agnes’ House.  Three of them are working, but are about 20 years old.  Word has gone out and we recently received $800 earmarked for near refrigerators.  Another $700 would allow us to replace all three 20+ year old refrigerators.  Let us know if you’d like to help!
Volunteer for data input and cleanup needed!

The Diocese has purchased a donor management system, which allows us to keep better track of your donations and your contact information.  The system is up and running, but as with anything new, needs some further clean-up work.  If you’re skilled at his, please call Rebecca at 606-528-1659.

Provide a room for 30 nights of lodging! $810 for a single and $1,200 for a large room!
Sponsor a room for a whole month, providing 30 nights of lodging.  We’ll let everyone know you’ve given this wonderful gift…you’ve lessened their trauma.  You can donate by check to St. Agnes’ House, Diocese of Lexington, PO Box 610, Lexington, KY 40588 or online at http://www.diolex.org.

Clean and supply our 8 bathrooms! Go to http://bit.ly/1iawcJs

We are especially in need of bathroom cleaning products and supplies.  We have 8 bathrooms, after all!  We need toilet paper, hand soap, toilet bowl cleaner, shower cleaner, Swiffer Wet Jet Cleaner and pads, all-purpose cleaner, and cleaning wipes.  You can find these products on our Amazon Wish List.  THANKS!

Good Shepherd, Lexington, Youth Group came on Good Shepherd Sunday (Easter IV) to do some yard work, and painting of porch furniture!  Thanks for this day of service on your church's feast day!

Good Shepherd, Lexington, Youth Group came on Good Shepherd Sunday (Easter IV) to do some yard work, and painting of porch furniture! Thanks for this day of service on your church’s feast day!

Father Andrew working with the youth to spruce up St. Agnes' House.

Father Andrew working with the youth to spruce up St. Agnes’ House.

These hardworking young people said they'll come back again to help out!

These hardworking young people said they’ll come back again to help out!

Creating a garden on the side of the house!

Creating a garden on the side of the house!

Adding soil and plants!

Adding soil and plants!

Thanks Neil, Scott and Tim for all your work in creating a beautiful space!

Thanks Neil, Scott and Tim for all your work in creating a beautiful space!

A View from the Porch (April 22, 2015)

I’m learning new terms for the seasons since I’ve been involved in a community garden project.  Apparently there’s redbud winter and then dogwood winter and finally blackberry winter.  After blackberry winter, it’s safe to leave your plants outside…there’s no more danger of frost.

Seems like we’re in dogwood winter right now.  We received a tease of warmer weather, but now it’s cold again and the plants must be covered up.  The daffodils have bloomed and gone and the tulips are beautiful.  And the dogwood trees in white and pink are gorgeous.

The sign out front is painted, the gardens are mulched,and various flower beds are planted.  We’ve had to cut the grass a couple of times.  Yet, no matter the season, Reynold, with the help of Mary, makes sure the grounds are beautiful and welcoming.

Yes, like illness and medical crisis, there are days when healing appears to occur rapidly just like the warm spring days.  On other days, it appears that there is a setback, just like the spring cold spells.  So, it’s important for the rooms, kitchens, living space, and yards to be beautiful…that beauty provides comfort and hope….

Enjoy our view from the porch!

Love, Rebecca+

Provide a room for 30 nights of lodging! $810 for a single and $1,200 for a large room!
Sponsor a room for a whole month, providing 30 nights of lodging.  We’ll let everyone know you’ve given this wonderful gift…you’ve lessened their trauma.  You can donate by check to St. Agnes’ House, Diocese of Lexington, PO Box 610, Lexington, KY 40588 or online at http://www.diolex.org.

Clean and supply our 8 bathrooms! Go to http://bit.ly/1iawcJs

We are especially in need of bathroom cleaning products and supplies.  We have 8 bathrooms, after all!  We need toilet paper, hand soap, toilet bowl cleaner, shower cleaner, Swiffer Wet Jet Cleaner and pads, all-purpose cleaner, and cleaning wipes.  You can find these products on our Amazon Wish List.  THANKS!

The sign is painted and the bed is mulched and the tulips are beautiful...

The sign is painted and the bed is mulched and the tulips are beautiful…

THANKS to our friend who took his truck to get us some free mulch!

THANKS to our friend who took his truck to get us some free mulch!

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A lovely view from our porch of the pink dogwood in full bloom

A lovely view from our porch of the pink dogwood in full bloom

A View from the Porch (April 16, 2015)

I’m traveling again.  My granddaughter makes her First Communion on Saturday and I’m taking the priest’s traditional post-Easter vacation this week.  It’s over 600 miles from Kentucky to my son’s home in Pennsylvania.  The traffic was thick and slow from Corbin to Lexington and I got a late start, so I decided to stop for the night at a Marriott chain hotel in Cumberland Maryland.

I was thinking how nice the linens and towels were at this hotel and decided to check the tag for the towels to see if I could discover their brand.  It was Standard Textiles.  I loved the feel of the towels and I was so happy to know they were from Standard Textiles.  You see, last year I spoke to Professor Elizabeth Easter of the University of Kentucky.  I wanted to learn about sheets and towels that could withstand the many washings in hot water that are necessary for St. Agnes’ House.  When I asked where such linens could be purchased, Professor Easter gave me a couple of recommendations and I got in touch with Standard Textiles.

This year, we’ve started replacing our sheets and towels with these hotel quality sheets and towels.  We needed towels badly, so bought 16 sets of those, enough for every possible guest at the House.  Recently, a generous donor purchased sheets, towels and some pillows for each room and each possible guest!

When guests come to St. Agnes’ House, the least we can do is create a great experience.  Our guests are facing difficult times and thanks to you and so many others, they are welcomed with beautifully-painted rooms, and everything that makes for a good night’s sleep.

Thanks so much and if you’d like to contribute to this special linen and sheet replacement process, please let me know.  We’d like to have 4 sets of sheets and towels for each room to be sure we have enough due to turnover and sending to the commercial laundry.

Our guests get to use similar great towels...

Our guests get to use similar great towels…

Enjoy my view from the porch.

Love, Rebecca

Provide a room for 30 nights of lodging! $810 for a single and $1,200 for a large room!
Sponsor a room for a whole month, providing 30 nights of lodging.  We’ll let everyone know you’ve given this wonderful gift…you’ve lessened their trauma.  You can donate by check to St. Agnes’ House, Diocese of Lexington, PO Box 610, Lexington, KY 40588 or online at http://www.diolex.org.

Clean and supply our 8 bathrooms! Go to http://bit.ly/1iawcJs

We are especially in need of bathroom cleaning products and supplies.  We have 8 bathrooms, after all!  We need toilet paper, hand soap, toilet bowl cleaner, shower cleaner, Swiffer Wet Jet Cleaner and pads, all-purpose cleaner, and cleaning wipes.  You can find these products on our Amazon Wish List.  THANKS!

Forsythia is in bloom all over...

Forsythia is in bloom all over…

A view of the Susquehanna River in Harrisburg on Monday.  When I was a child and we'd cross the bridge in the distance, we'd look to see if any steps down to the river were showing.

A view of the Susquehanna River in Harrisburg on Monday. When I was a child and we’d cross the bridge in the distance, we’d look to see if any steps down to the river were showing

The river was high on Monday.  The bridge in the distance is a walking bridge only, but I do remember when cars went across it.

The river was high on Monday. The bridge in the distance is a walking bridge only, but I do remember when cars went across it.

A View from the Porch (April 8, 2015)

The flowers are blooming and the trees are beginning to bloom.  There are thunder storms and flash flood warnings.  April showers bring May flowers!

And we are busy!  The cold and snowy weather has ended and people are attending to their health needs.  And the challenges people face getting to Lexington to access excellent health care boggle my mind sometimes.  I take many things for granted.

Janie and her daughter Jeanie arrived at St. Agnes’ House this week after a circuitous 17 hour bus ride!  Janie is in her late 60s, short and thin with short light hair.  She’s supposed to have some surgery and came for pre-testing.  Jeanie accompanied her mother.  She’s in her mid 40s, medium length gray hair.  Jeanie is sight-impaired.

They must rely upon public transportation to get back and forth to the hospital.  When I think of how they’ve had to navigate in the past 24 hours, I’m tired and worn out.  Yet, I hear no words of complaint at all.

Tomorrow, I’ll see if there are some transit services Janie and Jeanie can use while they’re in town, but it still means navigating schedules and availability hours.

That’s what getting the health care you need looks like.  Because of your support, we can make the challenges a little easier.  You’ve allowed us to provide a warm, welcoming, prayerful and comfortable place for them to stay, with easy access to public transportation.

Enjoy the blooming and new life of spring and pray for our guests and the challenges they face.

Enjoy our view from the porch!

Love, Rebecca+

Provide a room for 30 nights of lodging! $810 for a single and $1,200 for a large room!
Sponsor a room for a whole month, providing 30 nights of lodging.  We’ll let everyone know you’ve given this wonderful gift…you’ve lessened their trauma.  You can donate by check to St. Agnes’ House, Diocese of Lexington, PO Box 610, Lexington, KY 40588 or online at http://www.diolex.org.

Clean and supply our 8 bathrooms! Go to http://bit.ly/1iawcJs

We are especially in need of bathroom cleaning products and supplies.  We have 8 bathrooms, after all!  We need toilet paper, hand soap, toilet bowl cleaner, shower cleaner, Swiffer Wet Jet Cleaner and pads, all-purpose cleaner, and cleaning wipes.  You can find these products on our Amazon Wish List.  THANKS!

Thanks Daughters of the King of Lexington for the new refrigerator!
We needed a new refrigerator and the Daughters of the King collected $330 at their spring meeting towards the cost.  The new refrigerator was delivered this week and is working well for our guests!  THANKS!

Guests appreciate the refrigerator to store their drinks and food!  Thanks! Daughters of the King!

Guests appreciate the refrigerator to store their drinks and food! Thanks! Daughters of the King!

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The daffodils are over.  Now it's time for tulips!

The daffodils are over. Now it’s time for tulips!

...and hyacinths

…and hyacinths

But some daffodils still look great!

But some daffodils still look great!

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A View from the Porch (April 2, 2015)

There’s a lot of trauma at St. Agnes’ House.  What I mean by that is that all of our guests are experiencing trauma of some kind, whether it’s navigating through Lexington, worrying about where they’re going to stay so they can get to the doctor they need to see, or worrying about a loved one who was suddenly airlifted to Lexington and is in serious condition at the hospital.

The traumas of medical crisis send guests to St. Agnes’ House.  Together, we do our best to lessen the trauma and anxiety.  Whether it’s by making and praying over quilts and prayer shawls, making sure the rooms and house are cleaned and bright, providing a listening ear, or praying daily for the people at the house, a lot of our ministry in this place is trauma reduction.

And every so often, we need a rest from the trauma.  During this blessed Holy Week, St. Agnes’ House is closed.  Mary and Reynold are on a wonderful, refreshing vacation.  I’m in Corbin and all of the guests are gone for a week.  Well, except that I was there overnight one night.  The House is so quiet, peaceful and at rest.

We all need that kind of rest and quiet.

On Monday, guests will arrive again and we’ll be up and running, all of us doing our best to relieve and lessen the trauma that walks through our doors.  All of us together providing comfort, peace and care.

May you enjoy blessed rest and rejuvenation and thank you for lessening the trauma of medical crisis!

Enjoy our view from the porch!

Love, Rebecca+

Provide a room for 30 nights of lodging! $810 for a single and $1,200 for a large room!

Sponsor a room for a whole month, providing 30 nights of lodging.  We’ll let everyone know you’ve given this wonderful gift…you’ve lessened their trauma.  You can donate by check to St. Agnes’ House, Diocese of Lexington, PO Box 610, Lexington, KY 40588 or online at http://www.diolex.org.

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The snow is all gone now.

The snow is all gone now.

The lovely river rock creates a wonderful fram for these flowers.

The lovely river rock creates a wonderful fram for these flowers.

The hill is dotted with daffodils.

The hill is dotted with daffodils.

Even the house next door is long gone, the flowers remain.

Even the house next door is long gone, the flowers remain.

A View from the Porch (March 25, 2015)

Two guests, David and Brandon, just finished their respective projects at the house this past week. David and his wife Elisa used to be cancer patients but with God’s power, not anymore. Even with constantly going to treatments, both of them had done a lot of repairs for our place in the past.

Cancer free, they were able to go back to their jobs and relocated to another state. Although the distance may be far, they still carry St. Agnes House close to their hearts. They knew the house was in need of a patio door and a window so they decided to buy them for us. Last Sunday David decided to shape up the back house parking lot stairs to make them look nice and also hazard free. Meanwhile, a group of volunteers, The Girls About Praise Lifegroup, from Northeast Christian Church, with former and current board members of the house, were in the back house kitchen serving a hot meal and having a fellowship with the guests.  

That afternoon while we had David in the back of the property,  Brandon was in the front working on the landscaping. We were surrounded by the power and creativity of tremendous craftsmen. Two years ago, Brandon who is a VA patient, decided to redesign the front flower bed with some beautiful rocks. Last year he brought his Ford Pick-up truck and a trailer full of rocks, all sizes, forms and colors. Going with the cycle of Nature, he adapted very well with the changes in the weather to work at his own pace. Every time he stayed with us for a medical visit in Lexington, you could see him roaming around with something: a tape measure, a pick, a shovel or pushing the wheelbarrow. At the beginning of spring, he was finally able to find enough energy to finish his project with some help from other guests, Sam and Paul. Sam is a young fellow six or seven years old from Danville visiting one of the guests whose brother is at UK. Moving big rocks may have been the hardest part of that project but another guest Paul, also a VA patient, helped with enthusiasm.  

The guests find comfort in helping each other take a break from their daily medical challenges and supporting a smooth Saint Agnes ministry. They are valued cornerstones that keep our house standing.

Happy Spring to all and prayers for Rebecca who is mourning the loss of his brother Rob.  

Love, Reynold

Make sure 9 families have rooms for one night!  Just $293 Sponsors the House for a Day!  Choose your date!
Remember or honor a loved one by your donation of $293, supporting the House for One Day!

Your generous contributions to St. Agnes’ House ensure lodging is available for people facing medical crises, no matter the weather. Donations of any size are appreciated and a donation of $293 to sponsor the House for 1 day in memory or in honor of a loved one.  On the day you sponsor, we will feature your sponsorship on the homepage of our website, as well as in a special post that will go to those who follow us by email. We ask that you give us 4 weeks to process your request, if at all possible.

Ways sponsor a day:

  1. Donate online at http://diolex.org/donate/ Make sure you choose St. Agnes’ House and then in the memo line, provide the date you’d like to sponsor and who is being remembered or honored. You can also email that information to stagneslex@gmail.com.
  2. Donate by mail.  Please include a note with the date you’d like to sponsor and who is being remembered or honored. Send checks to: St. Agnes’ House PO Box 610 Lexington, KY 40588
The beautiful river rocks peeking through the snow.

The beautiful river rocks peeking through the snow.

The finished project with abundant spring!

The finished project with abundant spring!

The back steps repaired from the winter weather...

The back steps repaired from the winter weather…

A View From the Porch (March 18, 2015)

This week has not gone as originally planned.  Last Thursday, I received word that my brother had died.  He had a chronic degenerative disease and had spent the past four years in a nursing home.  Fortunately, I was able to visit him at the end of February.

The disease had taken its toll.  My brother could no longer speak.  But I arrived by lunchtime and was able to feed him lunch.  Then I’d sit with him, sometimes playing his favorite music, but mostly just being present with him.  On this visit our younger brother, who lives overseas, joined us, so we had a mini reunion.

I notice the telltale signs of grieving — feeling foggy and unfocused.  I’m hoping I don’t have to make too many decisions nor think too deeply.  And I want to be around my family — my children and grandchildren.

I’ve been busy being grandma…getting up early and helping get the kids ready for school; walking my grandson to his bus; picking the kids up from school and helping them do their homework.  I’ve been excited to have the kids read to me and to hear my granddaughter talk excitedly about trying to catch a Leprechaun on St. Patrick’s Day.  Today I was able to go to my grandson’s school for Grandparent’s Day.

In the midst of losing a family member, being with family is the best comfort.

And that’s why St. Agnes’ House is special.  When families are going through medical challenges, they want to be together, and we can often provide the lodging they need.  We don’t limit the number of family members who can stay.  We’re glad to provide a place so families and friends can be comforted….

Enjoy my view from the porch…an acrostic poem my grandson wrote for me today…

Love, Rebecca+

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Remember or honor a loved one by your donation of $293, supporting the House for One Day!

Your generous contributions to St. Agnes’ House ensure lodging is available for people facing medical crises, no matter the weather. Donations of any size are appreciated and a donation of $293 to sponsor the House for 1 day in memory or in honor of a loved one.  On the day you sponsor, we will feature your sponsorship on the homepage of our website, as well as in a special post that will go to those who follow us by email. We ask that you give us 4 weeks to process your request, if at all possible.

Ways sponsor a day:

  1. Donate online at http://diolex.org/donate/ Make sure you choose St. Agnes’ House and then in the memo line, provide the date you’d like to sponsor and who is being remembered or honored. You can also email that information to stagneslex@gmail.com.
  2. Donate by mail.  Please include a note with the date you’d like to sponsor and who is being remembered or honored. Send checks to: St. Agnes’ House PO Box 610 Lexington, KY 40588

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