Trillium House, a planned eight-room hospice house for the Central U.P., received a special holiday gift this week. A donor has let the organization know they will match the next $50,000 in gifts to build the house.
“The generous response we saw to a matching grant earlier has us very hopeful we’ll meet this one fairly quickly as well,” said Trillium House Executive Director Pat Bray. “If we can meet this match we’ll be real close to going ahead with breaking ground in the Spring.”
The M. E. Davenport Foundation provided a matching grant for $15,000 along with its grant of $35,000 in November. The match was met last week.
Currently, the Central U.P. is the only part of the U.P. without a hospice house. This often creates a heart-rending problem for families when a loved one is at the end of life but they simply can’t stay safely and comfortably at home. Trillium House is a brick and mortar solution patterned on hospice houses that have served many communities for decades.
If and when this current match is met, Trillium will be within $200,000 of its fund raising goal for breaking ground. The organization has said it will not move forward with building until at least 90% of the funds are in-hand or committed so it will have no long-term debt obligation.
“We’ll be the patient’s home and extended family while they are with us. Our goal is to take care of their daily needs so the family can simply focus on being together without worrying about their loved one’s care,” Bray said.
Trillium House will also be of great value to those who are able to care for a hospice patient at home through providing short-term respite care as rooms are available. The patient will stay with Trillium for a number of days providing the caregivers a much need break. Caregivers can use this time to catch up on their sleep, attend to tasks that have had to be put aside, and to simply have the chance to relax.
The patient’s hospice provider continues to provide all medical care just as if the patient was in their home. Trillium House will provide personal care, meals, assistance with medications as well as laundry and housekeeping.
Trillium House’s patient rooms are designed with a view to the outdoors from the bed and are large enough for one or more family members to stay overnight. Visitors will be welcome at any time including pets and therapy animals. Trillium House will also provide patients and their families with a large kitchen, dining room, and lounge as well as quiet spaces both inside the home and on the grounds for prayer and contemplation. A six-acre site just off Forest Park Drive in Marquette has been prepared for construction which, once begun, is expected to take 10 months.
For more information or to make a gift contact Trillium House at 906-264-5026 or visit trilliumhospicehouse.org.