Board President Rick Coe and Will Wilson help put the new sign in place.
A new sign is up at the site of a proposed hospice comfort care home in Waterloo. Pathway Home is a non-profit organization seeking to provide a place for end-of-life care in Seneca County. The proposed two-bedroom facility would provide palliative care from professional care givers at no cost to the families.
The new sign gives the site and the program much needed visibility. The sign was produced locally by Pilat Graphics of Seneca Falls and is a gift of the estate of the late Martha Buckley by her family.
Board President Rick Coe said the Pathway Home Board has been working for five years to secure funding and complete design plans for the home. The Board has developed floor plans for remodeling the former insurance agency building and has received estimates for the needed renovations. Because of the high cost of building, the agency is also looking at alternative facilities for providing the care services. “We would like to get up and running as soon as possible,” Coe noted, “But there have been many obstacles to overcome during the planning.”
The non-profit agency is also planning a major fund-raising gala at Ventosa Winery this Fall. The event will feature dinner, a live band and silent and Chinese Auctions. They will also be conducting a cash raffle with a $2500 top prize, $1,000 second prize, $500 Third prize and 10 $100 prizes. The winning tickets will be drawn the evening of the gala. Tickets are available from any Board member and will soon be available online at the organization’s web site at http://pathwayhome.org.
“Folks have rightly wondered whether this project is ever going to get off the ground,” commented Board Vice-President, Stephen Beals. “It’s a very involved process and we have been steadily working through it. We’re focused on preparing for a capital campaign in the next few months. We have also hired a part-time Director who starts on July 1. The Board is absolutely committed to making this happen.”
Mark Benjamin of Seneca Meadows, Board Member Judy Young and Board President Rick Coe.
The Pathway Home comfort care home being planned for Waterloo has received a signficant donation from the Seneca Meadows Landfill. More importantly, the check is the first of five annual donations the company has committed. A total of $25,000 is intended to help Pathway Home with ongoing operational support.
The donation fulfills a promise made by the former director of community relations for the Landfill, Carl Casaccia before he retired in 2011. In 2006, Casaccia earned a Community Service Award from the Women’s Rights Convention Days Committee and in 2007 was presented with the Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award.
Current community relations director Mark Benjamin wanted to make note of Casaccia’s legacy in supporting the hospice care organization. “When Pathway Home first started putting plans together three years ago, Carl said that when they were ready to move the project along, we would be there with support. Now that Pathway Home is preparing to start a capital campaign, we wanted to be among the first to help provide ongoing support for this important work,” Benjamin said.
Pathway Home has begun planning for a capital campaign to finance construction of a two-bedroom comfort care home on Marshall Road in Waterloo. They have purchased the Marshall Road property and have made preliminary floor plans and gotten bids from contractors. Pathway Home will be sponsoring a fund-raiser for the campaign on February 13th at Ciccino’s in Waterloo from 6-8pm.
Ciccinos Coupon book
Ciccinos Restaurants in Geneva and Waterloo are distributing a coupon book with $160 worth of coupons for $34.99. A portion of the sales of each coupon book will be donated to Pathway Home.
The company is also distributing Pathway Home Brochures when they go door-to-door selling the coupon books.
Senator Chuck Schumer signs a cork as Board memmber Judy Young looks on.
As part of our upcoming fund-raiser at Ciccinos, various celebrities are being asked to sign corks to be auctioned off. Here, Senator Schumer, who was in town to support the local cheese industry, signs a cork for Board Member Judy Young.