We remembered Carolyn with Ed, family, friends and colleagues at her memorial service–beautiful and poignant, funny and sacred. It was said she would have communicated these words: "Creator, you have given us a tough and even more magnificent life. Thank you, Creator." She remains in the heart of all those who loved her. Thank you, Carolyn.
New plumbing challenge and repair
As many of you know, on June 3 a plumbing failure occurred at the ABODE Home when the grinder pump overheated causing sewage to flow from a drain into the kitchen and dining room of the home. The affected area was dried out and sterilized as baseboards and a portion of drywall were removed in the dining room, kitchen and pantry. Also, a portion of the vinyl flooring in the dining room was removed. A contractor gave his estimate to insurance and scheduled renovation. The plumbers did determine the grinder pump was too small, and adjustors were coming to agree it had to be upgraded to a larger pump. We made the decision to close the home to guests until work was complete.
Then this happened
On Friday morning, after the heavy rains on Thursday night, Jane Marie, ABODE's executive director, arrived to work to find that nearly every room had water on the floors with sewage that came from the sewer pipes located in the foundation. One bedroom escaped damage. Plumbers have determined that the pipes in the house did not have enough pitch for solid wastes to be completely drained, so when the grinder pump failed again, rain water that filled the pit backed up into the house and pushed the sewage from the pipes in the foundation up into the house. We acted quickly, and dirty water was completely removed from the home Friday, the floor was sterilized, and clean up began. Jane Marie, staff and volunteers worked hard to secure and move important items to safety. ABODE's insurance adjustor met with the remediation contractor. Removal of almost all of the flooring and baseboards will take place this weekend. I have been in touch with the builder's insurance, and the adjustor will meet us there on Tuesday. It appears the pipe beneath the home needs to be removed and replaced. We believe this is a warranty issue.
As Carolyn knew, life is unpredictable, and unforeseen things happen. We see this as a magnificent challenge for ABODE! We are so very grateful to all of our staff, volunteers and friends like you who have been lifting us up through prayer, offering willing hands and donations to see us through this tough spot in the road. We will be up and running as soon as possible. Until then, all our staff and volunteers will continue to do what's needed to transform the ABODE home. In the meantime, we are exploring the possibility of finding a home we can use in the interim, to continue our mission to care for the neediest at the end of life.
The Gift of a Challenge Grant!
The brother of one of our volunteers has offered $10,000 in matching funds if ABODE receives $10,000 during this period of remediation, upgrade and repair. Thus far, we have received nearly $5,000. All donations help, and you can help to achieve the generous offer. It all goes to the good of ABODE. And, if it's not needed for repairs (because insurance will cover some of the expense) the donor has stipulated that ABODE may use it where ever it's needed. So this is very generous indeed. If you can help in any way, please donate today to get the ABODE Home opened as soon as possible.
With Gratitude and Hope,
Founder and Board President
ABODE Contemplative Care for the Dying