MARQUETTE — An up-and-coming project designed to help community members with end-of-life care got a fundraising boost Tuesday.
A $100,000 donation pledge from UP Health System announced on Tuesday morning will help bring the plans for the Trillium House in Marquette closer to reality. The planned hospice house for Central U.P. residents hopes to lend a hand to people who cannot be at home and receive hospice care.
“Some people unfortunately don’t have a home or don’t have a home [that is] sufficient,” said Dr. Dan Mazzuchi, President of the Board of Directors for Trillium House. “Some people live by themselves and aren’t able, or they live with another person who may be just as sick as they are.”
“Many times, relatives have moved out of the area, and the elderly parents are still here, and they have no caregivers, and this is where Trillium House comes into play,” said UP Health System Regional President Jim Bogan.
Trillium House is also designed for patients being cared for by loved ones at home who need a respite from the hospice care routine.
“In all those circumstances, Trillium House will be available to provide those people the home that they need,” said Mazzuchi.
Mazzuchi hopes that Trillium House can meet its $2.5 million goal before the end of summer so the facility can be opened in 2017. As a result of Tuesday’s donation, Trillium House is over halfway there.
“This is a nice big giant step towards getting towards that goal,” Mazzuchi said. “We need a few more giant steps. We’re not there yet, but it’s starting to get to feel real. So it’s a very, very important contribution.”