By Suzanne Donati
HUNTERSVILLE – Carolina Comfort Coalition is renovating the second Serenity House location on Stumptown Road.
Serenity House of Huntersville is slated to open in May 2014 pending successful fundraising through a founders campaign.
Sam and Liz James, owners of James Funeral Home in Huntersville, are spearheading the campaign. They hope to raise $100,000 for the first year of operation.
“It is hard to imagine a community where a home like Serenity House would not be needed,” Sam James said. “Even in a town with a top-rated hospital, a state-of-the-art hospice house, and vivacious churches and organizations seeking to meet the needs of the community, there is a gap in service. That gap exists for those who are dying without something – maybe it’s the financial resources, or it’s not having the support of family to provide caregiving. This house will meet a need in the town of Huntersville that nobody else is meeting.”
Serenity House is a place that provides comfort and peace for residents and their families during the final days of life. Volunteers and staff provide round-the-clock care at no cost for a maximum stay of three months.
Since opening the first Serenity House in Mooresville in 2007, care has been provided for at least 160 people; however, more than 250 requests for service could not be accommodated due to a shortage of empty beds.
Donations will be vital for the operation of the Huntersville house.
“Our support comes only from the community – we receive no insurance reimbursement,” Director Cheryl Pletcher said. “
Suzanne Donati serves as marketing and development coordinator for Carolina Comfort House.