A View From the Porch (August 14, 2014)

I’m back from vacation, busy catching up.  It’s also nearly a year since I started at St. Agnes’ House.  I’ve enjoyed thinking about everyone I’ve met and all the hard work that has happened over the past year.

I especially enjoy the fun and unusual things that come my way.  For instance, a supporter wants to donate towels to the house and emailed me to ask what kind of fabric we wanted.  This spurred me to contact Jason Swanson, Assistant Professor in the UK Department of Retailing and Tourism Management.  Jason visited us in April.  He is a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, Danville.

What kind of towels should we buy for durability and good wear, I asked him.  He linked me with Professor Elizabeth Easter, his colleague.  Professor Easter asked me to call her to discuss our needs  Turns out she established the Textile Testing Laboratory in 1988, and she has worked with the Association for Linen Managers for many years.

She gave me a crash course on towels, sheets, mattress covers, and pillows that are made for hotels and hospitals to withstand the many washings and uses.  We are grateful for the many donations we receive and it’s great to know what to ask for…what can work best in our situation.

This week I’ve often heard our guests say how much rest they get in our house and in their rooms.  They are very grateful for it.  One guest said, “I had an epidural and sleeping in those chairs in the waiting room was awful.”

Thanks Dr. Swanson and Dr. Easter for freely providing information that ensures our guests are well cared for.

Enjoy our view from the porch!

Love, Rebecca

Thanks Steele-Reese Foundation!

The Steele-Reese Foundation has granted us $7,500 this year and $7,500 next year to support lodging for guests from the Appalachian counties in Kentucky.  As of August 9, we’ve provided over $28,000 worth of lodging for these guests.  Guests from these counties have only been able to pay $1,500 of that cost.

These were taken at dusk.  Fall is coming.
These were taken at dusk. Fall is coming.
The sunflowers are beautiful.
The sunflowers are beautiful.
Sunflowers peek over the porch
Sunflowers peek over the porch
Had to include one vacation photo from Niagara Falls.  This was taken from the Maid of the Mist Boat Ride.
Had to include one vacation photo from Niagara Falls. This was taken from the Maid of the Mist Boat Ride.

 

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