There are many cliches we hear about home — “home sweet home, home is where the heart is, my sweet home,” to name a few. At the House of Care all of these adages might ring true, but only through and with careful intention.
For the House of Care, a personal care home in State College for those who have few other options, our home is one they might have never envisioned. Their “home sweet home” of their youth or early years has faded away and now the realities of life have brought them to our doors. With great care and deliberate purpose we make them feel welcome. We invite them to become part of our small, five-resident home and share in our community of direct support and personal attention. In time, our home becomes their home with all of its joys and celebrations; its heartbreaks and its challenges. We become family.
In recent months, we lost one of our family members who had become the matriarch of our home. She died quietly in her room and each resident had an opportunity to sit by her bed and say his or her goodbyes. A few days later we gathered in our living room and shared stories, sang her favorite songs and mourned together through our own private memorial service. Only weeks later we opened our arms to a new resident and are now busy making her feel welcome by incorporating her into our small but important family at the House of Care. Such are the transitions of life in our home.
Our mission and mandate is to provide assistance in daily living to individuals who have little or no family support, minimal financial resources and some type of debilitating illness. We organize and support their well-being through safe housing, nourishing meals, medication administration, scheduling of medical services, providing transportation, laundry services and caring for the many other daily needs of living.
In our short 16-year history, we have been family to 68 unique individuals. Our program is monitored by Department of Public Health guidelines and in partnership with many area organizations and service programs including the Department of Aging, Centre County United Way and Centre Foundation. Operating as a nonprofit, our budget is supported by area foundations and grants, as well as through generous donations from individuals and faith communities.
We invite you to please consider a gift in support of the House of Care and help us to continue to serve those who consider the House of Care their “home sweet home.”
Gifts may be directed to House of Care, 515 W. Beaver Ave., State College or online at houseofcare .org.
Phil Jones is the director of House of Care. He can be reached at 237-5517 or Houseofcare5@gmail.com.