November provides a wonderful opportunity to reflect and give thanks. It’s a month when we can recognize the people and things in our life that we truly appreciate. Our team at House of John has taken that opportunity to think about just how grateful we are for the caring community we call home. We’ve seen first-hand the kind of positive impact that neighbors taking care of neighbors can have in a community.
In a world that seems to be in constant turmoil, some things remain the same. One of those is the compassion and care given to those who come to call House of John home during the end of their life. We feel honored to share in the journey with them, and it’s because of your support and the gracious service of our volunteers that we have been able to help 15 families so far this year. Even with our limited one-bed capacity, our staff and volunteers continue to witness incredible stories unfold in the midst of tragedy and heartache. Here are just a few of the encouraging words that we have received from families over the course of 2022:
“Everyone’s life journey should be able to be in a setting like yours at its end. I can’t thank you, your team and all the volunteers enough. The kindness and compassion you showed my mom, and all our family was incredible.”
“I mentioned to you that I had an interest in going into palliative care professionally, and all this experience has only solidified that. You have all shown me the utter importance of caretaking at such a pivotal time in a patient's and family’s life.”
“The impact of you taking Mary in exceeded simply providing for her safety. My wife, Ann, felt that she was able to move from being Mary’s nurse to being her daughter because of you taking over the medical tasks needed. Watching my wife freed to love and grieve for her mother was the best gift you could have given me. Providing a space for family to join together was a blessing upon blessing.”
Everyone deserves to be surrounded by kindness and love at the end of their life. House of John has provided a home for people to experience that alongside loved ones for the last 29 years at no cost to the resident or family. Our house has been home to hundreds because our community continues to embrace the beautiful mission we’ve set out to achieve.
If you would like to help us continue to open our hearts and home to those in need, we would be grateful for your support. Click the links below to learn more about what you can do to help as we prepare for what we expect will be another amazing year at House of John. Whether you choose to donate financially, volunteer your time, or share what we do with others, we can’t thank you enough.
The House of John is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Our mission is to provide compassionate care, offering sensitivity and support for people as they approach the end of their lives. We feel blessed to share the journey, and we feel privileged to be present with family and loved ones during bereavement.