By Wyatt Goolsby
ODESSA - The work is on to renovate a historic house in Odessa. Members of Home Hospice said it could take another month to finish a project worth 200,000 dollars. So where did they get the money? From community donations.
For the last ten years, Home Hospice has been using their 71-year-old house to care for patients and their families. The house is still in pretty good shape, but after holding off and saving lots of donations, they said it's time to put that money right back into the community.
"It's very exciting to see that we have 200,000 dollars worth of renovations," Karen Carter, with Home Hospice, said. "A real true facelift to the house, being supported by the community it serves."
It's the sounds of bringing a 1938 house into the 21st century.
"It's removing damage from termites and that type of thing and making the building stronger so that it will last for a very long time," Carter added.
Carter said hundreds of West Texans come to their facility for care for terminally ill patients and their families. In many ways, she said the home located on Sam Houston Avenue in Odessa is theirs.
"The maintenance and upkeep of the Hospice House, is provided by and supported by donations from the community," Carter explained. "Whenever anybody is making a donation to Home Hospice on behalf of a loved one this is where those dollars come."
Crews have been at work for about two months now. Part of the roof will have to be replaced because of water damage. However, most of the work is on the outside.
"The old siding was deteriorating and in some areas eat up with termites, and we are removing the old siding replacing old boards that have been eaten up with termites," Sealy Bryan, with Cooper Construction, said. "And putting guard rap on the exterior."
Some of the money will also replace old furniture inside. However, the steady sounds from outside is a reminder of a good future that has already provided good memories for so many hospice patients.
"For me, I would have to say it's the peace of mind, when you walk through the door," Shea Brunette, the Hospice House Office Manager, said. "Just walking through the door brings a peace over you."
"Those are the lives we've impacted, people who have been able to see what it's really about and have us help them along in this difficult part of their lives," Carter said.
The major renovation is expected to last roughly another month. Home Hospice is located in Odessa, but serves numerous counties across West Texas.