There’s Always Hope Fund

In May of 2014, the agency received a call from Russell Posthauer about assisting his long-term partner Hope Meinhardt receive care at home. As part of our normal practice, we scheduled our free in-home assessment where our Care Coordinator, Nichole (now our program’s Director) went out and spent a couple of hours with Hope and Russ. She was able to discuss with them what we could assist Hope with, she helped her get out of bed, was able to assist her with toileting and more. Normally our assessments are between 30 to 40 mins long, however Nichole spent close to two hours with Hope, listening to who she was as an individual, how much she loved her cat Mingling and admiring her positive spirit and artwork. Hope was known for her positivity, living life to the fullest, and her involvement within community-based programs.

The weekend before services began, we received a call that Hope was admitted into the hospital, services need to be put on hold, after a follow up call we later learned Hope had passed.  For the help that was provided by Nichole in that short two-hour period, Russ was so grateful and donated $3,000 to VNA Home in Hope’s memory.

After some discussion as to how to utilize these funds, VNA Home was able to create the “There’s Always Hope” fund. This fund has been since utilized by many low-income individuals who could not otherwise receive services at home. For many, Hope’s memory has provided so much more than they could have imagined, for us at VNA Home, Hope’s memory will live on forever. 

How can you donate to the “There’s Always Hope Fund”? You can contact the office today at 860-946-6161 or you can even help by selecting VNA Home Inc as your charitable organization through AmazonSmile!

When you shop, if VNA Home Inc is your selected organization Amazon will donate .5% of your purchases to VNA Home! Click on this link to get started: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/46-3153103

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