Edwin Sasek dreamed of a place where someone who was dying could be cared for and loved in a peaceful, gentle atmosphere. He shared his vision with his wife, Patsy, and they formed a team that would co-create ABODE Contemplative Care for the Dying.
Edwin attended the Kubler-Ross Institute in the 1980s, where he met John McKelvy. Years later, when Edwin and John reconnected, John told of a home for people at end-of-life, Mother Theresa House.
Reflecting, exploring and seeking a model for years of a home for the dying, Edwin and Patsy understood this model could work in San Antonio.
“I remember all the loving work of so many people who helped to make our dream of 20 years a reality. As a hospice chaplain, and with Patsy in her work as a volunteer coordinator, we had seen how needed and valued such a home would provide, and friends, colleagues and family joined in the effort. Along with volunteers and community partners and the founding board of directors, we raised the money to build and furnish the three-bedroom ABODE Home on a beautiful tree-filled landscape. Through the generosity of many, ABODE opened without a mortgage.
“After a Guest died recently, his wife of 70 years said to me, ‘I can’t find the words to express how the staff and volunteers took care of my husband. A marvelous experience – I learned more from ABODE than I have anywhere else about compassion and caring.’
“We give families peace of mind that their loved ones are receiving the very best of care from our staff and volunteers. It’s an honor to make such a difference in their lives – and in our community.”
John Calhoun Wells
Victoria Van Winkle
Fostering End-of-Life Care Homes
ABODE is a proud member of the Omega Home Network (OHN) national organization which promotes the development and expansion of community homes for dying people. Omega Homes are part of the movement to improve the end-of-life experience for individuals and families in America. ABODE was happy to host the three-day 2019 Omega Home Network National Conference here in San Antonio.