Story of Hope seeking volunteers

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Story of Hope Comfort Care Home is a planned refuge for families seeking end of life care on Rochester’s west side.

Arlene Nanry, the Story of Hope Chairman, discussed the proposed home in Chili and the need for volunteers Tuesday during News 8 at Sunrise.

“We have been doing a great job with fundraising, and we have enough money to think about, possibly in the spring we’re going to do a groundbreaking,” said Nanry. “We have Joe Robach on our site, the Senator, who’s helped us to possibly get a New York State grant, and we’re very excited about that. One thing that we don’t have right now that we really need is more support for volunteers.”

Nanry said over a hundred volunteers are needed to operate the comfort care home. “We need all kinds of volunteers, not just the type that will be doing direct care. If you have a house, you need to take care of the house and you need to have volunteers who do all types of work.”

There is no cause for concern when it comes to care for those at the end of their lives. “We would never make a person do something they’re uncomfortable with, but we do find that sometimes the actual caring for the patient is actually more rewarding than most things, because when you can give a glass of water to somebody or feed a person who can’t take care of themselves, it’s such a blessing and you feel so good just leaving that place that you did something like that for somebody else.”

Nanry already has her sights set on a unique fundraiser planned for next June. “June 16 we have a ‘Mud Run.’ It’s going to be our first ‘Mud Run’ and we’ll probably have it every year. If you go on Event Brite, June 16, 2018 we’re going to have a huge ‘Mud Run.’ It’s going to be our signature fundraiser every year. It’s going to be a family fun day and it’s going to be for people who are children from 7 to 70 years old!”

To learn more about the Story of Hope Comfort Care Home and volunteer opportunities, click here.

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