|Welcome to the Story of
Advent House - a home
serving people who are in the last stages of a terminal
illness. This is a story about the gracious love of God
and those called to share that same unconditional love
with people who have special needs at a critical time in
their lives. Advent House is a home for two residents
diagnosed to have less than three months to live. It
serves all needs of its residents by affirming their
dignity as a child of God and by providing all
environments to fully live the last precious days of life.
The love and support the Advent House ministry offers also
embraces the family and friends of its residents and
continues into the grieving process.
Based on models like Isaiah House and Mt. Carmel House
in Rochester, Advent House offers holistic care in a
home-like setting through trained volunteers who attend to
residents' physical needs to keep them as comfortable and
free of pain as possible while serving their spiritual,
emotional, and social needs as well. The resident, family,
physician, Home Care Agency, and Advent House staffs
participate in determining the proper care to enhance the
quality of the resident's life.
Advent House began in 1987 with the vision of a small
group of people in a Bible study group at Bethlehem
Lutheran Church. It is now an outreach ministry of the
combined efforts of the churches of Perinton known as
Perinton Ecumenical Ministries (PEM). This ministry was
dedicated in December, 1990 - the first Sunday of Advent.
Residents are referred from a variety of sources such
as physicians, social workers and pastors. Selection is
based on bed availability, our ability to care for this
person, and who has the greatest need. There is no fee for
residents. Advent House is generously funded through the
churches in Perinton, private donations, memorials,
fundraisers and monthly pledges and the net proceeds from our resale store, Sweet Charity. Since 1993, Advent House
became a Donor Option for United Way (#1800) listed under
Perinton Ecumenical Ministries dba Advent House.
Advent House is a vital ministry expressing God's love
through the people in this community. Please keep it in
your prayers. The peace of the Lord is with you.