Breaking ground for an eight-room hospice house will happen as soon as Trillium House meets a local family’s generous challenge gift.
“It’s amazing, really. When you do a big project like this, starting from scratch, you just don’t know when a gift like this will come, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. We’re thrilled and letting everyone we can think of know that now is the time to give,” said Board President Dan Mazzuchi. The challenge gift would be the largest single gift from a family or individual to Trillium House.
Mazzuchi explained the anonymous donors will match gifts up to a total of $200,000 because that meets a promise not begin construction until at least 90% of funds to build and outfit the house are secured. This way the organization will have no long-term debt expense.
The Central U.P. is the only part of the U.P. without a hospice house. This creates a heart-rending problem for families when a loved one is dying but simply can’t stay safely and comfortably at home. Trillium House is a brick and mortar solution patterned on hospice houses that have served other communities for decades.
“Some folks have indicated they’d like to help but they want to be sure Trillium is going to happen first. It’s going to happen because the problem we solve is so real and most of us have lost a loved one in hospice. This gift is the cap stone for getting that shovel in the ground,” explained Pat Bray, Trillium House’s executive director. If the challenge is met soon
Trillium would be serving the dying and their families yet this year.
Trillium House’s patient rooms are designed with an easy 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 about eight or nine months.
The role of Trillium is to provide for the daily needs of the dying including personal care, meals, assistance with medications as well as laundry and housekeeping. “We’ll become their home and extended family while they are with us. Our goal is to be there so the family can simply focus on being together without the added stress of worrying about their loved one’s daily needs,” Bray said. Each patient’s doctor, nurse and care team will see them at Trillium.
The organization will also be of great value to those who are able to care for a hospice patient at home by 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.
“Caring for loved one like this is a 24-hour a day job. Many people are in homes that aren’t suited for it or there just aren’t enough family and friends around to help. It can get over-whelming pretty fast during an already very challenging time,” Mazzuchi said.
For more information or to make a gift contact Trillium House at 906-264-5026 or visit trilliumhospicehouse.org.