Tuesday, January 29, 2019

I Asked a Few Recipiants of IHS for Feedback

January 29, 2019
And one response is provided for your knowledge
IHS Support of the UVA Hospital Auxiliary Hospitality House
From: Thomas Bninski, Hospitality Specialist, Patient & Guest Services

"Thanks for again allowing us to request help from Interfaith Humanitarian Sanctum (IHS). For many years now, IHS has been crucial to the level of hospitality we can provide to our guests. Both in the provision of food and payment assistance, IHS support has been absolutely indispensable to the welfare of our guests and our ability to accomplish our mission here.

As you have witnessed over the last three years alone, UVA Health Systems still grows and serves an increasing number of patients in Charlottesville. The Hospitality House is still a vital housing assistance resource for them. The strain on our resources is unabated. Currently, of the 56 beds available, 71% percent are taken five days a week; on weekends, the average occupancy is 51% percent (more than double the average for previous years).

IHS realizes, and helps with, the undiminished difficulties our guests face with affording Charlottesville prices for food and services. Since early last year, more and more guests are staying longer while undergoing radiation, and or chemotherapy, or awaiting a patient's rehabilitation; stays of six to eight weeks are unexceptional. Though our average weekday occupancy declined from last year, weekend occupancy rose. With the increasing length of such stays, we are still highly dependent on IHS supplementing the normal food drive donations of dry and canned goods with perishables such as fruit, vegetables, milk, juices, cheese, breakfast sandwiches and frozen dinners. All of this is provided at no cost to the guests and gives a huge boost to morale when they can prepare meals and are freed from logistical concerns.

Additionally, IHS enables us to host monthly lunches and dinners, and keep a supply of water bottles and snacks available in the first floor lobby. Rest assured the food you have given here does not go to waste. Along with gratitude for the food, you have our thanks for the picnic ware (cups, flatware and plates) with which to serve our guests.

In conclusion IHS's help makes it possible for us to help. It's been wonderful to receive your support. Thank you for all you have done. We hope your importance is fully appreciated and your work adequately supported."

Thomas Bninski, Hospitality Specialist

Thank you Thomas for those beautiful words of thanks and appreciation. It is always a pleasure to receive notes like this in regards to the help and assistance IHS renders during the year. We are always glad to continue to support the Hospitality House and visitors who are in need of food, shelter and hope.

And, as always, please remember that all of us at IHS are non-paid volunteers, and we are all donating what we can to IHS personally. Also remember - for transparency we hold the "Gold Seal of Approval" from the Guidestar.org national clearing house. Please do what you can. And, if you would like to donate now to our cause, please click the button below to go to our encrypted secure on-line donation form. 

Thank you for your support & much love  ...  
T. Wade Clegg III & Sam McLawhorn 
Founding Members IHS 

SPECIAL NOTICE for UVA Medical and University staff, and all other Virginia Commonwealth State Employees. The Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC) begins October 1, 2019.  Interfaith Humanitarian Sanctum, Inc. (IHS) is a CVC charity.  To support our work for lodging, food programs, prescriptions & co-pays, pediatric support with infant car seats and clothing, etc. , designate your gift to CVC code 003648..

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