As the air has begun to chill once again, I am more reluctant than ever to complain that I’m cold. Once I spoke those words whenever the temperature dipped below 68 or I was too lazy to go upstairs to get a sweater. Then, I met “Paul.”
He’s only 48 years old but the sadness in his eyes belie his age. As a result of illnesses to numerous to mention, Paul is dependent on others for care. Unfortunately, the “care” he received was at the hands of his brother who, anxious for the opportunity to get Paul’s social security check, readily agreed to take him. It was then, Paul was moved into the basement of his brother’s home. Although the basement was unfinished and unheated, Paul, with no other options, lived there for several years. His health deteriorated, his weight dropped to 86 pounds. And, as laid his head on his pillow each night, shivering beneath a threadbare blanket, he prayed for the warmth of dawn. Then one day, Paul decided he’d had enough. He was done worrying that he wasn’t getting the correct medications; he was done wondering if he was going to get enough to eat and he was done wishing he could get warm. Paul decided to move out; no small decision for a man with tremendous need and limited resources.
Fortunately, Paul found West House, a small non-profit personal care home. Welcomed with open arms, Paul no longer had to worry if he was going to get fed, he no longer wondered if he was going to get his medication and the warmth for which he so desperately prayed was now all around him. Paul had finally found home.
Unfortunately, as you can imagine, the cost of providing these services is substantial and is increasing by leaps and bounds. And that is why we’re turning to you for help: our heating bill is well over $10,000 a year but you can help and for just a few pennies. $1.16 will provide an hour of power, keeping our beloved residents warm and cozy in their new home. While $1.16 might not sound like much to you, it makes all the difference to those most in need, which is why we’ve started our Hour of Power Fundraiser. People can give as much or as little as they want, as you see just pennies can make a huge difference.
Please consider participating in this important fundraiser and help us wrap our residents in warmth. If you have any questions or need any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me.
A donation of $1.16 provides one hour of heat
$27.84 provides one day of heat
$83.52 provides three days of heat
$194.88 provides one whole week of heat
FROM IGNORANCE, OPPORTUNITY:
THE HISTORY OF WEST HOUSE
Time and again, the staff of AIDS Resource were unable to place HIV/AIDS patients at assisted living facilities (also known as personal care homes). Owing to the ignorance and stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS, personal care homes were unwilling to open their doors to those most in need. Years of discrimination against HIV/AIDS patients culminated in AIDS Resource filing a complaint with the PA Department of Public Welfare and the federal Office of Civil Rights and the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.
Determined to ensure that no HIV+ person will again face the life-threatening fear and discrimination that persists in some pockets of our community, AIDS Resource found an innovative solution.
WEST HOUSE is a non-profit, fully-licensed 18-bed personal care home with the mission of creating a homelike environment dedicated to enriching quality of life and upholding personal dignity by providing compassionate resident-centered care. West House is the perfect alternative to nursing home care for those individuals who are not completely independent but in need of some additional assistance
West House is a 501(c)(3) organization and all donations are tax-deductible and are used to provide our residents with food, housing, and utilities.
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