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Officials with Cayman HospiceCare are pushing toward a Dec. 4 grand opening of their new facility off of West Bay Road.

The four-bed, 6,000-​square-foot facility was originally expected to open in August, but permitting delays and bad weather, which hampered the construction of a road and parking lot, have resulted in the year-end date.

“It’s been a real journey and I can’t tell you how excited we are,” said board member Nancy Lewis, who has been overseeing the project.

On Thursday, Ms. Lewis toured the new building, where wires still hung from holes in the ceiling, awaiting light fixtures, and drywall powder dusted the tile floors. Tape is still on the windows. Outside, the dirt parking lot was littered with vehicles and workmen doing some of the finish on the exterior.

Ms. Lewis said having a dedicated building is a big step forward for the organization that currently rents its office space and has just two rooms for inpatient care at The Pines Retirement Home.

“The ability to put a loved one in a safe place that is homelike, I think, is a game changer,” she said of the new building.

The inpatient area, which Ms. Lewis called “the residences,” will be used to provide both hospice and palliative care, the latter being pain and stress relief for patients still undergoing treatment for a serious disease. Respite care will also be available.

The area has a central nurses’ station, an ambulance entrance and large patient rooms that can accommodate couches and chairs for family members. The administrative offices and meeting rooms are in the west wing and in between is a community area. This large central room, Ms. Lewis said, will be used for such things as adult day care, yoga classes, music therapy sessions and even meetings and events for the outside community, such as the Rotary Club.

“All of our fundraising events will now be held here,” she said.

The $3 million building itself is the result of a protracted fundraising effort. Nearly every room and/or feature of the new building, whether it’s the solar panels on the roof, the kitchen or the landscaping that will start in about two weeks, has been sponsored and funded by a local company or individual. One anonymous donor provided $1 million. And Derek Haines, who got the project off the ground, raised more than that by running sponsored marathons.

Several years ago, Ms. Lewis said, “Derek Haines came to us and said, ‘I want to run six marathons in a year so you can have an inpatient unit.’”

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman, this is a community-based service club for teens age 14-18 years. Initiated in October 2016 and chartered January 2017, this youth club is a club for all high school teens who want to do good in their community, make new friends and have fun. Our club meets twice a month and plans one social each month. Members organize their own projects and events on causes they are passionate about. Effecting positive change.
Meetings also help to:
 * build self-confidence
 * shape leadership characteristics
 * educate on local and international issues
 * provide career mentoring

Teens can expect to:
 *  have fun with ice breaker games and team
 *  building activities
 *  make new friends from other schools
 *  share their opinions on local topics
 *  learn about Rotary and service initiatives
     around the world

Joining is free!
Food and drinks are provided at every meeting.
Next meeting: Saturday, October 27th
Location: ALT Conference room (2nd floor)
Time: 10am – 11:30am
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Last week we had Scott Haugh and Bud Volinsky speak to our club about Beacon Farms Sober Living Foundation. The club decided to donate funds raised during the meeting as well as generously matched on the spot by a bunch of Rotarians resulting in a donation of over $2,000

About Beacon Farms: Beacon Farms is a newly organized non-profit focused on the next step in the rehabilitation of the residents assigned from The Bridge Foundation or other transitional residential environments in Grand Cayman.

Beacon Farms’ primary purpose is to assist in providing a stable, structured and supportive environment which is conducive to the decisions of living a sober life, free of drugs and alcohol. Beacon Farms will provide a democratic environment that will enhance personal growth, job training and a sustainable non-profit business model.

Find out more at:

#PeopleofAction #BetheInspiration


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