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Gordon

It is a great privilege to witness this amazing transformation in G’s life, and the lives of so many people cared for by Casey House. It feels wonderful to know that I have played a part in it.

-Gordon Hamilton, Donor and Volunteer

I first learned about Casey House in the early 1990’s, when a friend of mine who was living with HIV lost his sight and needed care. He wanted to go to Casey House near the end, and I was his executor. I saw how good the care at Casey House was through his experience, and so not long after that my partner and I became donors. Today we are monthly donors.

Also, for going on five years now I have volunteered weekly at Casey House, working with the clients in a supportive role. I visit with clients every week, and I run an “Over 50” discussion group called “The Legends.” I also help with fundraising in the Foundation office and at special events such as Art With Heart.

I remember a client I’ll call “G.” When he first arrived at Casey House he couldn’t walk. He weighed 85 lbs. and he’d been in another hospital for a number of months. He was deeply depressed and had withdrawn from everybody. But over the course of weeks at Casey House he gained weight, and started walking on his own – first with a cane, and then eventually without. He and I would play games together. His personality started to shine, as we joked about his “creativity” with the rules of checkers. Eventually, he grew strong enough to leave Casey House. The social workers found him some supportive housing nearby, and today I still see him when he comes to attend donor-funded community recreational therapy events such as our movie nights and cooking classes.


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I’m glad that G’s health will continue to be monitored by Casey House, and this will keep him out of the sort of crisis he experienced before. But perhaps what is most important is that G knows he won’t be alone again, now that he’s linked to Casey House’s community nursing team.

Thanks to donor funding, the chain of compassionate care at Casey House does not stop when someone is discharged. The team of community nurses and social workers bring care to men and women in their homes, ensuring continuity and ongoing health management. They make sure that people like “G” never feel so utterly alone again. So many of the men and women cared for at Casey House have never experienced that kind of love and acceptance in their whole lives.

It is a great privilege to witness this amazing transformation in G’s life, and the lives of so many people cared for by Casey House. It feels wonderful to know that I have played a part in it.

-Gordon Hamilton, Donor and Volunteer