July 3, 2023
In anticipation of welcoming our first resident on July 10th, we held a home blessing with several faiths represented. Pictured below are Rev. Robin Lane, LCSW, Interfaith/InterSpiritual Minister, Carolyn Cirnitski, LCSW, Congregation Emanuel of the Hudson Valley, and Sr. Maria Lopez, Hospice Chaplain, Hudson Valley Hospice.
A plaque of appreciation was presented to our three co-founders, Barbara Sarah, Elise Lark, and Laurie Schwartz, honoring their vision and dedication to the mission of CFD.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
December 20, 2022
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on December 20, 2022. The Mayor of Kingston, Radio Kingston, the Board of Directors, the Founders, a few members of Jim & Lisa’s family, and many volunteers were all present. Click on a picture to enlarge it and scroll through manually. (Images created by Jessica Jameson Photo www.jessicajameson.com.)
Renovations are complete, and CFD opened Jim and Lisa’s Circle Home in July, 2023, to accommodate two residents at a time under hospice care. This is what we’d been visualizing for nearly a decade—a safe, comfortable dwelling to offer people who want and need a home, not an institutional facility, in which to live out their last months and days.
The ground floor of Jim & Lisa’s Circle Home offers ample space for socializing, reading, conversing, and relaxing—it’s a welcome reprieve for visitors who want to spend time with their loved one. With round-the-clock staff and volunteers managing our residents’ needs, their family members and friends can utilize the full kitchen, dining room, family room, and elegant living room to simply spend time together. A small enclosed garden with a koi pond makes for a pleasant outdoor visiting area, as well.
Two spacious, second-floor bedrooms with a shared bath in between were brought up to American Disabilities Act standards, and an elevator helps to make the entire upstairs space accessible to our residents and their visitors. A staff office and sitting room across the hall (with a separate kitchenette for preparing snacks and safely storing pharmaceuticals) assures that 24/7 caring attention is being paid to our residents. A third bedroom welcomes family members coming in from out of town. They can take advantage of these overnight accommodations when needed. A quiet niche nearby invites contemplation and restoration.