How does anyone say thank you and goodbye to the people who have made the work of Hospice possible for over 28 years and allowed me to have more than 19 years of joy-filled service? The grass roots organization that began on a front porch in Rochelle, moved to Oregon in 1989, and now serves all the counties bordering Ogle County, is still supported by the communities it serves. Because the people of our communities believed in the mission of dignity and excellence of care to the terminally ill and their loved ones, your compassion, support, and prayers have made Serenity Hospice and Home (FKA Ogle County Hospice) the finest Hospice in Northern Illinois. We are often emulated, but never duplicated.
Your incredible support made the first rural Hospice home in Illinois possible. It was a radical idea and some people didnít think it was necessary, didnít think it would be used, and thought it was too costly for our area. Ask anyone who has had a loved one served in Serenity Home and listen to their amazed and grateful stories of the excellent, compassionate and professional care given to their loved one and their family. The $3.9 million building has less than $350,000 left on the mortgage. That is only possible because of the dedication, generosity and commitment of our community.
Two years ago, with the Boardís permission, we began to prepare for my retirement. On July 1st, Lynn Knodle became the Executive Director. Lynn has a wealth of knowledge and ability. Combining this with her passionate love for Hospice, she has all the attributes to lead Hospice into the future. Lynn and the Board have graciously allowed me to continue to support Serenity in a variety of new ways. In addition to thanking you, the community, I thank the marvelous staff of Serenity Hospice and Home and especially Lynn for making it possible for me to move on to my next pursuits.
With all my heart, I am grateful for everything you have done and pray you will continue your support of Serenity Hospice and Home. We are the Hospice started by the community, supported by the community and serving all people of the community. With all of us working together, it will be here for generations to come. Thank you and may God bless each of you.
Lorrie Bearrows, New Consultant
Serenity Hospice and Home