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The St. Francis Home
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Our wish list for our physical plant includes: installation of
a healing garden, installation of a fire sprinkler system, finishing
basement areas for our volunteers to use as a respite area and a space
to do crafts for our galas, and Dan, our chef, would like a freezer.
We say thank you to the Berks County Medical Society
Alliance for a grant received this year. It helped us pay for a safety
fence. Our next fundraiser will be a Harvest Brunch event at the
DoubleTree by Hilton, from 10am - 2pm on Sunday, October 28.
Please come and bring many friends. In November we do a mailing
asking for gifts of money. In March of 2019 we will hold our next
Gala dinner with live and silent auctions. Please think of us if
anyone has sports tickets to donate to the auction. We would love
to see you there.

A Harvest Brunch
Fund Raising Event to Benefit

St. Francis Home

A home for the terminally ill.
Reading, PA
Sunday, October 28th
10AM-2PM
DoubleTree by Hilton
Join us for brunch, auctions
and activities for children.

I became aware of the St. Francis Home about five years ago
through a co-worker who is involved. I liked the idea of what they
were trying to do and started attending the yearly fundraisers. At
the 2017 fundraiser, they had volunteer cards to fill out at all the
tables. I wondered what that would entail and decided to fill out
the card. I learned that all kinds of volunteers are needed, and I
decided that my talents would be best suited to office work and
cleaning.
I admit I was nervous about volunteering because I did not
know what to expect. I attended the orientation for volunteers and
started meeting some really great people. Everyone has been so
friendly, and everyone really cares about what we are doing here.
I have done typing of meeting minutes and items for the
fundraiser. I have also purchased groceries for the home, since I
live near the home and a shopping center. I now do cleaning of
the home once a week. I work with wonderful people. Everyone
is very conscientious and works together to get the job done. The
caregivers are so loving and wonderfully caring in their work with
the residents.
Volunteering at the St. Francis Home makes me feel like I am
contributing to a wonderful, worthwhile mission, and I feel proud
of the home and what we are accomplishing
here. The hand of God is at work in what is
happening in the St. Francis Home. Please
consider spending several hours a week with
us contributing whatever talents you have.
- Susan DiCerchio (retired from career
in insurance)
One Google search of "hospice homes in Reading" lead our
family to St. Francis Home-Berks County and Pennsylvania's
greatest hidden gem! Our mom being accepted as a resident
at St. Francis Home was such a blessing. The volunteers at St.
Francis Home want to be there. It makes a huge difference when
volunteering wanting to be there vs. having to be there as an
employee.
One volunteer said to us thank you for letting us share in this
special time in your mother's life. This truly is a beautiful time
for her. Every volunteer that cared for our mom was supportive,
gracious, offered friendship to our mom and treated her with dignity
and respect. They also treated us (husband, son & daughter) like
family every time we walked in the door. Knowing that our mom
had limited time, we couldn't have asked or hoped for a better
outcome than finding St. Francis Home.
Our mom's hospice nurse and her team were wonderful and the
collaboration with St. Francis volunteers was very impressive. The
processes in place ensured volunteers had all the information and
resources available to keep our mom as comfortable as possible.
Updates were shared and documented at each Hospice visit and at
each changeover of the St. Francis volunteers.
-The Lynch Family

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