T.J. Community Mission Foundation Receives $2 Million USDA REDLG Loan Thru Farmers RECC
The T. J. Community Mission Foundation has received a $2 Million USDA Rural Economic Development Loan (REDLG) through Farmers RECC to aid in construction of the Shanti Niketan Hospice Home.
In 2015 the board of directors of the T. J. Community Mission Foundation identified a critical need in our community for a residential hospice home for patients facing end-of-life care and where families can seek a place of comfort, counseling, and compassionate treatment in a home-like setting.
The immediate goal of the T. J. Community Mission Foundation was to invite the community and larger region to join together in establishing a Hospice Home. Fundraising began through local community events, private and corporate donations, etc.
The name Shanti Niketan was selected by lead philanthropic supporter, Dr. Bharat Mody. In his native language, Shanti means “inner peace.” The full name translates to “a peaceful place.”
As a result of extensive discussion between the T. J. Community Mission Foundation and Farmers RECC, the local electric cooperative was able to apply for a Unites States Department of Agriculture Rural Economic Development zero-interest loan to allow the project to progress.
Farmers RECC and the Community Mission Foundation are pleased to announce that the loan has been approved, making ground-breaking and construction of the hospice home possible.
The loan funds will be disbursed to the T. J. Community Mission Foundation and will be re-paid over time through donations to the Foundation and normal operations of the Hospice Home.
“We are pleased to be able to partner with the T. J. Community Mission Foundation to meet this need in our community,” said Bill Prather, President and CEO of Farmers RECC. “Part of our mission is to
improve the quality of life for the member-owners of our communities. We believe this project fits perfectly with that mission and we are happy to be able to help.”
Once funds are disbursed, the Foundation will proceed through the bidding process, with groundbreaking scheduled this year, and a tentative opening date in early 2020. A public groundbreaking ceremony will be announced soon.
The 10,400 square foot facility will be located on Glenview Drive and will include 8 inpatient rooms, kitchen and living spaces, and private areas for families and guests. Each patient room will have access to a private patio.
“We all know of someone who could have benefited from this type of facility and the highly-specialized service it provides in a family’s greatest time of need,” said Neil Thornbury, CEO of T.J. Regional Health. “The board of the Community Mission Foundation appreciates the strong partnership with Farmer’s RECC. The support they have shown this project is a testament to their commitment to this community, and we are grateful for their continued support.”
While in-home hospice care will continue to be the choice of many, for some families and individuals, that option is either physically prohibitive or too emotionally difficult. For them, being able to move into a specially-designed and designated hospice setting will provide the relief and peace of mind necessary to address other end-of-life discussions and decisions.
To donate to the T. J. Community Mission Foundation, visit their website at www.tjmissionfund.org or call 270-651-4348. One hundred percent of funds donated to the Mission Foundation will be used to fund the project.
Established in 2015, the T. J. Community Mission Foundation exists to further advance excellence in healthcare in this region and works to nurture a philanthropic environment by creating partnerships with employees, business leaders, social groups and families.
Farmers RECC is a not-for-profit, member-owned electric cooperative distributing power to more than 25,000 meters across eight South-Central Kentucky counties.