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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Homeless & Housing, Housing & Shelter

Mission: Our mission (refer to form 990, part iii, line 1) provding a home and compassionate care for individuals at the end of life who have no home or loved ones to care for them so that they may die with dignity. Our values we believe every dying individual should have as much relief from pain as possible. We believe no one should have to die alone or lonely. We believe a loving home enables death to be a part of a personal story rather than a medical event. We believe dignity and comfort are an important part of the end of life. We belive every person's life is sacred even to the last moment. We believe hospice and other organizations are valuable partners. We believe we are a vital resource to the community and can rely on its support.

Programs: Our accomplishments because of our work, individuals who are homeless or without 24/7 caregivers are able to access hospice care that otherwise would not be available. Hildegard house serves individuals at the end of life with the assistance of 83 specially trained volunteers called compassionate companions. These volunteers commit to one five-hour shift a week. During 2017, hildegard house hosted 18 residents. Since opening our doors in july 2016, 47 individuals have been served through end of 2017. Hildegard house does not duplicate any services in kentucky and southern indiana. We do not charge a fee or bill insurance. We rely totally on charitable contributions and grants.

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Dying with Dignity
The initial compelling factor in my becoming involved in this particular charity was the location. I grew up in the Butchertown neighborhood of Louisville where I attended St. Joseph School. The parish and the Butchertown neighborhood have always been important to me. I was involved in several projects in that area in the past. Recently I was asked to attend a planning meeting at a facility known as Hildegard House.

The mission of Hildegard House is stated on their web page as:
Louisville’s First and Only Comfort Care Home
We provide a final place, a loving place, they can call home. A place where compassion, companionship, peace and dignity await them in their final stage of life.

We believe life is a gift from God. Such a gift makes all life precious even to the end. Our goal is to provide hospitality to people at the end of life who have no loved ones or home.

Having been interested in the plight of homeless veterans everywhere, it occurred to me that many veterans were likely to be in this group of homeless.

After meeting Karen Cassidy, the director of Hildegard House, it was obvious that she not only had a wonderful concept but also the vision, experience, and drive to make this a reality.

The final and most compelling factor for becoming involved with both time and treasure in the Hildegard House charity was an incident that my wife and I had experienced many years earlier. The phrase “death with dignity” brought to mind an acquaintance who lived alone and died alone. He had been dead for at least three days when he was found in his apartment with his dogs. Being animals, they had begun to use their loyal owner as food. If there is an antithesis to “dying with dignity”, this is it. It was time to help do all I could to make this charity a success!

Hildegard House will be housed in the former convent of St. Joseph Church. It is a perfect structure for this endeavor, but renovations are necessary to make it work for its new purpose. Many volunteers have been helping in various ways to prepare the house for its grand opening in January, 2016, and it is beginning to take shape, but there is much more work to be done, and much more money needed for renovations as well as operating expenses.

All of the above factors have compelled me to get involved in Hildegard House.

We look forward to our opening in January 2016!






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