A View From the Porch (January 7, 2015)

Happy New Year!

St. Agnes’ House was on sabbatical for the two weeks at Christmas and New Year’s.  Lots of cleaning and organizing was accomplished, as well as some much-needed rest.  You see, with your support over 120 individuals and families were provided with sleeping rooms during 2014.  We provided 2,443 room nights of lodging, for a 77% occupancy rate.

And when St. Agnes’ House reopened this past Monday, the calls came in and the rooms are being filled.  Some returned to us, because their loved ones are still in the hospital.  Others, like Denise, are here for the first time.

Denise is nearing 80 years of age.  She is short with white hair.  She has been at the hospital for two months now, staying with her adult son who is in need of a heart transplant.  As with any chronic condition, there are many ups and downs.  When Denise called, she said she was exhausted and really needed a place to come and rest.  She’s with her son most of the time, but there are times when she cannot be with him, so having a place close by where she can take a break was important.

When Denise arrived at the house, I could see the fatigue on her face.  As I told her about our Chapel and prayer list, and our kitchen with coffee and some donated food, and the TV room, she was delighted.  And her room was perfect, she told me.  It was exactly what she was looking for.  When I told her she could take a quilt made by the Good Shepherd Quilters, she was overwhelmed.  Denise loves quilting and quilts and felt so comforted by this beautiful gift.

She asked, “how can you provide all of this?”  I told her we had many supporters who made sure all of this was there for her.  As I showed her the house and explained everything to her, we also talked about what a difficult time she’s going through and about her son.  She’s facing some challenging times ahead, but as she went into her room, she told me, “Thank you for helping me today.  I feel so much better.”

Angie Smith at the Diocesan Office is busy compiling the 2014 financial reports of how much was donated and how much was spent and I will report those numbers to you when we have them.  What I do know is that your support during 2014 was overwhelming and made it possible to serve so many like Denise.

Our 2015 Funding Gap is $85,500.
Our 2015 Funding Gap is $85,500.

Our projected support for 2015 is $107,000.  We’ve received a good start through two grants:  $7,500 from the Steele-Reese Foundation and $14,000 from the Berea College Appalachian Fund, leaving us with a funding gap of $85,500 for 2015.

However, there are things not in our budget that we truly need, like more repairs to the facility ($60,000 would go a long way towards that goal), and hotel quality sheets and towels ($5,000).  Recently one of the refrigerators broke, so a nearly new (2005 or newer) refrigerator is on our list.  And the many donated TVs have now all broken, so a nearly new flat screen is needed.

In addition, I believe St. Agnes’ House staffing should be one fulltime and two parttime positions.  Another $20,000 in our budget would allow that to happen.

Blessings to you in this New Year and we look forward to working with you once again to serve people like Denise!

Enjoy this snowy view from the porch today!

Love, Rebecca+

Berea College Appalachian Fund Awards $14,000 to St. Agnes’ House

We are grateful for the ongoing support from the Berea College Appalachian Fund.  They have consistently funded St. Agnes’ House and the 2015 award was an increase of $1,000 over the level for the past two years.  The grant amount provides lodging for nine families for 44 nights, operating the House for 1 1/2 months!

The Berea College Appalachian Fund was established through a gift from Herbert Faber and Ruth McGurk Faber.  Since 1950, he Fund has supported nonprofits working to improve the general education, health and physical well being of people living in the Appalachian Mountains and surrounding areas.

Good Giving Challenge 2014 Nets $1,939!

Thanks to all of you who participated in the Good Giving Online Challenge during November and December.  The $1,865 in donations added up to $1,939 once the various match donations were added in.  Also, thanks to those of you who gave an additional donation to cover the 4% processing fees.  Your contributions provided lodging for nine families for nearly a week!

Easy Ways to Donate:

  • Link your Kroger Rewards Card to St. Agnes’ House.  We are nonprofit 10910.
  • When you buy items from Amazon, go to http://www.smile.amazon.com and choose The Episcopal Diocese of Lexington as your charity, so Amazon donates a percentage of your purchase to the Diocese.
  • Set up an automatic contribution to St. Agnes’ House through your bank.  Donations can be sent to us at 635 Maxwelton Ct., Lexington, KY 40508.
  • Include St. Agnes’ House in your Will through a bequest or setting up one of the many Charitable Trust options that supply an ongoing gift.
Light snow this morning.
Light snow this morning and 19 degrees, which may be the high temperature for the day. No one’s using the porch furniture today.
 A quiet street.  UK is not yet in full swing for the spring semester.
A quiet street. UK is not yet in full swing for the spring semester.
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