Record Journal Front Porch News: Sisters’ Project Gift Benefits Masonicare’s Hospice Program

September 16, 2013

The Inpatient Hospice Unit at Masonicare Health Center in Wallingford has received special pressure-relieving air mattresses, clinical care recliners, and a mobile patient lift thanks to a generous donation to The Masonic Charity Foundation of Connecticut from The Sisters’ Project.

The Sisters’ Project is a 501 (c) 3 charitable organization founded by a group of women in Wallingford committed to raising funds in support of cancer patients and their families. Turning its attention to projects within the community, the group decided to direct proceeds from its annual dinner dance event to the Inpatient Hospice Unit.

“Thanks to the support of our family, friends and the Wallingford community at our annual fundraiser,” said Johnna Schlosser of The Sisters’ Project, “we were again able to provide essential equipment for the patients of the Inpatient Hospice Unit to assist and comfort them during a very difficult time.”

“We know how challenging it can be to organize a successful fundraiser,” said Jennifer A. King, Executive Director of The Masonic Charity Foundation of Connecticut, “so we are very appreciative of all the hard work and dedication that the members of The Sisters’ Project put into their dinner dance event. They have become great advocates for the work of Masonicare and our commitment to caring for seniors.”

Purchases made possible by the Sisters’ Project donation will provide hospice patients and their loved ones with increased comfort at a time when they need it most. The new mattresses and clinical care recliners will help with pain and symptom control in terminally ill patients, while the Maxi Move device will help clinical staff lift patients safely and comfortably. An integrated scale is an added feature.

“We have a dedicated and caring staff who do an excellent job of caring for all our residents and patients,” said Melinda J. Schoen, Vice President for Administration at Masonicare Health Center, “but we are extremely lucky to have partners in the community like The Sisters’ Project who dedicate their time and resources to making our jobs easier. I am deeply thankful for their donation, and I know that the families of our hospice patients are as well.”

This is the third year The Sisters’ Project has focused its fundraising efforts on the Inpatient Hospice Unit at Masonicare Health Center, and the group has graciously pledged its continued support in 2014.