In February we will celebrate one year of our house volunteer program!
We are fortunate to have a dozen outstanding house volunteers who have contributed over a thousand hours collectively in the past year. Additionally, more than one hundred volunteers donated time to ensure our fundraising events were successful and a handful of corporate teams provided guest meals and house support.
Twelve years ago Sorrentino's Compassion House opened its doors to women traveling to Edmonton for breast cancer treatment. One year ago today we opened the doors to the renovated and expanded Sorrentino’s Compassion House. Like our founding members, we took a leap of faith by more than doubling the capacity of the original house.
Tonight, September 9, 2014 all 14 guest suites are full and friendships are being formed over mugs of coffee. More than 120 women have stayed at the house over the past year and since we opened in 2002, there have been over 1000 stays.
Actually on May 25, you don’t have to knock, just come on in! So many people have said to me “I drive by the house all the time, but I’ve never been inside”. Here’s your chance – on May 25 (2 – 6 pm), park your car or your bike and join us at our community open house!
As we settle in to the expanded house we see so much potential for community support. We are recruiting a full time Fund Development & Events Coordinator to help meet our fundraising goals. The position will take the lead on our major fundraising event, Fashion with Compassion, and also liaise with groups inside and outside of Edmonton for third party events in support of Sorrentino’s Compassion House.
“What is your hope for this weekend?” That’s the question that kicks off our big circle sharing at our annual former guest retreat. We pass around the squishy talking heart and everyone has an opportunity to share. Or not. The responses include – to get more information, to free the emotion that’s stuck in my chest, to talk to other women who get it because there’s no one to talk to at home, to see the friends I met at the house, and there are always women who can’t speak because tears flow instead of words.
If you’ve driven by Sorrentino’s Compassion House lately you will see that our vision has been fulfilled. We did it. We expanded our house dramatically, from six rooms to 14 and increased our guest space to offer even more services. Now even more women can find affordable accommodations and compassionate support while in our city for breast cancer treatment.
Added to this excitement is our new visual identity.