Dear Community Business Leader:
It is with great excitement and anticipation that FairHoPe Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc. announces the kick-off of the Capital Campaign to build The Anita M. Turner Center, a free-standing community grief center. We have been hard-at-work developing this project for our community and the time has come to seek your support to ensure this incredible resource becomes a reality.
FairHoPe Hospice currently provides FREE grief support to all grieving children, teens, families and adults who live in or near our community. The Anita M. Turner Center will provide a space for FairHoPe to house family grief camps, one-on-one or group grief sessions and other grief support in a non-
healthcare, peaceful, family-oriented setting. The center will also house administrative offices and meeting space that will be available for civic, non-profit and community organizations to utilize.
Based on 2014 and 2015 statistics, FairHoPe has seen a significant increase over previous years in the need for free community grief support for all ages. During 2015, a 46 percent increase in the number of referrals for child and family-based grief support services was realized. More than 125 adults and 160 children have been helped so far this year.
As a business leader, you recognize the importance of supporting our local community. The Anita M. Turner Center will increase the ability of FairHoPe to proactively address the grief support needs of those in Fairfield and the surrounding counties, and the overall impact will enhance the quality of life for all individuals in the communities we serve.
In a recent article with the Lancaster Eagle Gazette, local community members, Allery Webb and Jennifer Rush shared their experiences of receiving grief support from FairHoPe after the death of their spouses.
“They do help you to turn the chapter. It’s OK to cry, and it’s OK to laugh,” Allery said. “…I think FairHoPe brings that hope that you can live again.” “I was completely devastated and hopeless before I found them,” Jennifer said. “I couldn’t possibly think of how my life could go on. … You could see other people who have made it further into the future (after a death). It gives you hope. I’m very excited about the grief center; it’s going to help a lot of people.”
Enclosed with this letter, you will find a leaflet to provide you with more details about this wonderful project, along with a pledge/gift card. As volunteers at FairHoPe Hospice & Palliative Care and fellow community members, we encourage you to join us in supporting this great project and organization.
We truly believe the Anita M. Turner Center will impact our community in immeasurable ways!
Thank you for your support of our organization.
Director of Grief Support
Community Business Leader