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Tuesday, 20 October 2015 17:23

Serenity House seeks matching grant funds

Written by  Staff

MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- Carolina Comfort Coalition’s Serenity House was awarded a $20,000 matching challenge grant at its Black and White Gala held Oct. 2 in Mooresville. Lowe’s Companies Chief Omni-Channel Officer and Serenity House Board of Directors member, Brent Kirby, announced the grant during the event at the Charles Mack Citizen Center. The organizations are issuing a challenge to businesses and individuals, asking them to come forward with matching funds.

“We are encouraging the Lake Norman community to support our mission by donating to Serenity House during the month of our largest event,” said executive director Cheryl Pletcher. “The idea is to not leave any money on the table. The funds raised here comprise a significant portion of our operating budget.”

Serenity House is holding the campaign through October, and Pletcher is asking donors to match the grant 100 percent, which will raise an additional $20,000 toward its operating budget of more than $325,000 annually.

Bridging the gap for hospice families who have exhausted all of their options is the mission of Serenity House, which was founded in 2007. The homes in Mooresville and Huntersville operate through private donations as a community-based residential alternative for end-of-life care at no cost to the family. Each Serenity House resident receives $200 in donated care daily, which is provided by 140 volunteers, Serenity House nurses and local hospice agencies. No family is charged a fee for service. The typical length of stay by each of our residents is about 90 days, which amounts to an estimated $828,000 in free care provided by Serenity House last year.

Tax-deductible contributions may be made at carolinacomfortcoalition.org or by sending a check to 110 Centre Church Road, Mooresville, NC 28117. Donations should be designated as “matching” in the gift designation portion of the online donation or on the memo line of check.

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