Connecticut Hospice House To Be Built With The Help of Fundraising

There can never be enough hospice care in this country, and the Center for Hospice Care will soon be building another facility. The center announced a fundraising campaign that will build a 12-room hospice care facility in Eastern Connecticut called Hospice House.

The project will break ground later this year, and will be completed and occupied in late 2017. This $7.5 million project will be built next door to the Dunham Street facility of the Center for Hospice Care of Southeastern Connecticut. The facility be created on 7.5 acres of land that have been given to the nonprofit by the St. Peter and Paul Church.

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Connecticut Hospice House will be built with the help of fundraising efforts.

The community was missing a center like this, so this project will be an promising way to make a genuine change. Many people have been waiting for a hospice facility like this for years, as in Eastern Connecticut, the only freestanding hospice care facilities are currently in Danbury and Branford. This means that hospice patients and visiting family members often have to make long trips to get to these facility. Hospice House is a great step in working to make it easier for families to see their loved ones in Eastern Connecticut. 

The steering committee has raised $5.5 million through behind-the-scenes fundraising, and they still have $2 million more to go. The team won’t begin building the facility until all of the money is available.

Some of the funds already pledged include $2 million in state bond funding. This funding is secured through the efforts of local legislators like State Senators Cathy Osten (D-Sprague), and Paul Formica (R-East Lyme). Also included and Representatives Kevin Ryan (D-Montville), Kathleen McCarty (R-Waterford), and John Scott (R-Groton).

About $6 million will be spent on construction, and $1.5 million will be dedicated to five-year start-up costs. Large donations in the form of pledges can be made to help pay these costs, and the donations can be made over a period of five years. Because the center is relying on these donations, the center will use a bridge loan mortgage during the time period while pledges are being redeemed. Through a five year start-up period, the center will pay down interest on the mortgage while simultaneously working to reach full capacity in terms of patients. Hospice House will serve over 800 patients annually with all twelve of its suites in service.

One of the ways that the steering committee intends to raise funds is by offering naming rights to several parts of the completed building. Norwich Mayor Deb Hinchey is thrilled to see this project take place. Hinchey’s father died in hospice, and she believes hospice is a crucial place to help people feel comfortable when death cannot occur at home.

The facility will have the feel of a home rather than a hospital or nursing home. It will have a bright and spacious living room in its center, a peaceful chapel, a playroom for visiting children, cozy library and a dining area. Hospice House is just the facility that this community needed.