H ouse of Hope welcomes resident
Jan. 26, 2010, could be the answer to a future trivia question, but it is hardly a trivial thing.
The Haynes House of Hope welcomed its first resident on that date.
“He came last Tuesday; tomorrow it will be a week,” Janelle Clark, executive director of the Haynes House of Hope, said Monday. “He’s very appreciative; he can’t thank us enough for what we’re doing.”
Clark said the transition from building and establishing the house to welcoming the first resident to the South Granville comfort care home had actually been quite smooth.
“It’s a time of adjustment for everyone, but it sure has worked out really well,” Clark said.
“I think they (Haynes House organizers) are just so excited and overwhelmed to see that their work has come to fruition,” she said.
Now that a resident is living at the Haynes House, the need for volunteers grows, she said. Someone needs to be in house 24 hours a day.
Volunteers are also needed to spend time with the residents; all volunteers will receive orientation and other training from the executive director as needed. “No one will be asked to do something they’re not comfortable doing,” Clark said.
The Haynes House needs volunteers to perform everyday household tasks from shoveling during the winter to cutting the grass in the summer as well as cooking and cleaning. The idea, Clark said, is that families and the residents have nothing to worry about but being together during those final days.
“We want to make it their home,” she said.
Clark said she would encourage anyone who is considering volunteering to come out and anyone with questions to call her at 642-8155.
“Volunteers realize how much they’re getting in return as far as how rewarding it is for themselves. Initially, they’re all a little frightened of what they’re going to encounter but then they realize how enjoyable it is and find out it’s rewarding – they feel good about doing it,” Clark said. Often those who volunteer at the Haynes House are eager to come back, she said.
Clark said she is trying to get four-hour shifts of volunteers organized although some shifts are harder to fill, such as 8 p.m. to midnight, overnights and weekend shifts.
“The 8-12, it’s probably one of the easiest shifts; it’s actually a quiet time when the resident is settling in and going to bed,” she said.
“I’d encourage anybody to come out and give it a try — realize how rewarding it is to them to actually volunteer,” she said.
Clark said volunteers need not worry about their age or having special skills. “There will always be something to do; we won’t turn anyone away,” she said.
With the house fully functional, Clark said, the need for donations of regular household items rises as well.
“We’re always looking for donations of food and laundry supplies, cleaning supplies – basically anything you’d need in your own household,” Clark said.