Hospice of the Chesapeake: Caring for Life

Philanthropy, purposeful, non-profit, and special needs – these are all likely terms you have heard associated with Purple Cherry Architects for years. That is because the work we do is not limited to just the residential work that you may see at Purple Cherry. However, it is those projects that allow us to do the purposeful and non-profit work that really touches your soul.

For example, in 2013, Purple Cherry was blessed to be awarded the job of designing a 14-bed inpatient care center at the new Hospice of the Chesapeake Campus in Pasadena.

Newly designed Hospice of the Chesapeake
Interior view Hospice of the Chesapeake

The building is designed in a “T” shape, allowing each room to face beautiful gardens designed by Campion Hruby Landscape Architects, full of water features, meandering paths and benches for families to make use of while spending the last days with a loved family member. Once inside, patients and their families are treated to rooms that truly “felt like home”, due to thoughtful interior design by TM Design & Associates. Also inside the new structure is a series of community spaces – a kids’ room, a family room and a reflection room. Many visitors’ favorite space, the reflection room was designed to provide families with some respite or a more intimate place to have a discussion with the chaplain.

Reflection room located inside Hospice of the Chesapeake

One of the key features of the reflection room is the artwork. A series of four panes of glass painted by Sally Comport of Art at Large hang in front of the windows, filtering the light into the room and representing the seasons – seasons of the year, seasons of life, seasons of whatever a visitor may interpret them to be.

While we could go into great detail regarding the efforts and team members that went into the design and construction of this facility, one thing is certain – it would not have been possible without the giving heart of all who donated to the Hospice’s Caring for Life Campaign, whether monetarily or via services or in-kind donations.

Interior view Hospice of the Chesapeake

On that note, the Hospice Annual Gala, its largest fundraising event of the year, was recently rescheduled to July 18th, 2020 due to the COVID 19 outbreak. Given the highly infectious nature of the virus, and the population the Hospice serves, this was the right call.

The good news? This means that there is still plenty of time to donate or even purchase a table, like Purple Cherry Architects did.

If you’ve never attended the Gala, rest assured it is a night to remember. After being greeted by the friendly faces of Hospice and its volunteers, guests are guided towards a step and repeat banner for a brief photo session, after which they join a cocktail hour to mingle with friends and browse the silent auction items laid throughout the room.

Children's room located inside Hospice of the Chesapeake

Previous silent auction items have included a signed jersey from a local professional sports team, a weekend getaway to St. Michaels, or a game night experience at Mission Escape Rooms .

During the seated dinner portion of the evening, guests hear stories about Hospice and its mission, and listen to heartfelt stories from individuals who have been positively and directly affected by Hospice of the Chesapeake. After dinner, an exciting live auction is held and the dance floor is opened – once of the PCA team’s favorite activities.

If you would like to donate or be a part of this year’s festivities, visit the Hospice of the Chesapeake Gala website to learn more. We hope to see you on the dance floor!

PCA team at Hospice of the Chesapeake Gala

Written by Ashley Marshall, project manager at PCA

Cherry Thoughts – A Note from Cathy Purple Cherry

I’ve been practicing architecture for 30 years and it never gets old. Architecture is art and interior architecture is the brushstroke that creates the whole. When you’re truly passionate for your profession, it no longer is a job but rather an incredible journey. And when opportunities are presented that blend the passion of architecture with compassion, it is the greatest joy. I have been so very blessed to have incredible opportunities. They come in many forms and I’d like to share a few.

Architectural opportunities led me to the Ronald McDonald House and now, 15 years later, my team has made dinner for the residents over 80 times and will continue to do so as long as I live. This experience was crucial for me to share with my PCA team. I believe it is incredibly important to be able to show compassion and support to others struggling and to be able to know that others around us can be suffering greatly and need our tenderness.

Architectural opportunities led me to Hospice of the Chesapeake. And during that architectural journey, my aging mother joined me from Florida. We shared 21 months together before she went home to God. During her time with me, I learned about palliative care from Hospice. That ultimately led to Hospice carrying her to the end. And now, my family and my PCA team continues financial and volunteer support with this incredible organization.

Architectural opportunities led me to serve clients who then experienced the journey of cancer. This allowed me to have incredible faith conversations and the great honor of bringing my friends and team forward to help not in a professional way but rather in a nurturing way. Moving these clients physically into their homes, unpacking their lifelong possessions, setting each personal item in place and sharing meals and company. These memories and ongoing experiences continue to fill my soul!

Architectural opportunities led me to touch the special needs population. Having a brother and an adopted son with special needs gave me a special gift for these environments. And in return, each of these programs (locally – Opportunity Builders, Arundel Lodge, Benedictine School, Cisco Center and many others across the country) have engaged my heart and the hearts of my other children and my team. I have been forever formed by this journey with family members and others with special needs.

And the stories go on and on. The constant lesson for me is lead with your heart and don’t miss out on the opportunities presented for reasons beyond your profession. Why else are we really here? We are guided by God to be kind, compassionate, loving, and supportive human beings rather than shallow, selfish, greedy and evil. Look in the mirror and decide what path you will take. And if it is the path of compassion, then lead by example.

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