2019 Friends of Hospice

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We’ve Come a Long Way

In July 2014 we began the Cornerstones for Living: The Crossroads Campaign with the lofty goal of raising $10 million in capital, endowment and annual gifts. It was the most ambitious campaign we had undertaken in our history. In fact, it was just the third formal major fundraising campaign Center for Hospice Care had undertaken since its formation in 1978.

We are pleased to announce that as we approach the end of the campaign, we have raised $12.8 million in gifts and pledges to meet the current and future needs for high-quality, patient-centered care in the communities we serve.

It’s been a Successful Journey

Thanks to many generous donors, the funds raised so far have allowed us to make significant strides in each of the three areas supported by the campaign. Much of the infrastructure and resources we need to continue to deliver skilled hospice and palliative care now and for future generations are in place.

A Consolidated Campus

Center for Hospice Care began the campaign with a $5 million goal for capital giving to support construction of three additional buildings on our Mishawaka Campus.

Center for Palliative Care is located in the former Edgewater Florist building. This outpatient clinic is where CHC board-certified palliative care physicians and trained nurse practitioners see patients who are suffering from life-limiting illnesses and receiving curative treatments concurrently.

The Clinical Staff Building will open this summer with patient-care teams relocating from our Roseland facility. Adjoining this building is the Ernestine M. Raclin House which will house our new 12-bed inpatient unit. Along with our seven-bed inpatient unit in Elkhart, these facilities allow hospice patients to receive short-term care in a home-like setting. Intended primarily to manage pain and symptoms that cannot be controlled in a residential or other setting. Ernestine M. Reaclin House will offer state-of-the-art medical care, 24-hour visitation for loved ones and a comfortable setting that features a beautiful view of the St. Joseph River.

A Sustainable Future

As part of the campaign, our goal was to obtain $2million in endowment gifts. This was the starting point of our long-term objective to reach $10.25 million in endowments to fund signature programs. These include the Vera Z. Dwyer Fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, the “After Images” Art Counseling Program and Camp Evergreen, a specialty camp for grieving children and teens.

Care for Those in Need

Since opening our doors in 1980, Center for Hospice Care has been dedicated to improving the quality of living through hospice, home health, grief counseling and community education. We provide hospice care to anyone eligible for that care, regardless of their ability to pay. Our bereavement counseling is available at no charge to anyone in our service area as well. Annual giving allows CHC to provide charity care, free or discounted services, which accounted for $10.02 million from 2014 to 2018.

But We’re not Quite Finished

As successful as this campaign has been, some underfunded priorities remain. We invite you to be part of the final leg of this journey by supporting the following areas of need.

$495,493

to meet the $1 million matching grant for the Vera Z. Dwyer Fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at the IU School of Music

$800,000

to complete funding for the Ernestine M. Raclin House, a 12-bed inpatient unit scheduled to open fall 2019

$535,000

to increase our “After Images” art counseling program endowment

$227,500

to increase our endowment for Camp Evergreen for grieving children

Current figures as of 5/10/2019

Thank You for Joining us on the Journey

We could not have done this without the generous support of our donors. Every gift, regardless of the size, will allow Center for Hospice Care to fulfill its mission to improve the quality of living for those in our care.