It is with great sadness that we share with you the passing of Faye, much-loved resident at our St. Anne’s Place, whose inspiring story (below) had been featured for some time on our website homepage and in other publications.
Faye passed away the morning of Saturday, September 16th at St. Anne’s, surrounded by family and friends. Earlier this year, Faye told LOFT staff, “This is where I belong. This is where my life became happy and full again. Thank you for bringing me here; bringing me home.”
Faye wished to die in her “home” at St. Anne’s and we are so glad that we were able to respect her last wish. Our staff brought to life the LOFT goal to “Care Passionately” by going above and beyond to respect Faye’s wish, arranging regular palliative care, doctors visits, coordinating additional assistance from Personal Support Workers and even sourcing a reclining wheelchair so she could spend time with people in the Lobby – a pastime she loved – when she was no longer able to walk. Staff and residents gathered in the dining room the Wednesday following her passing to celebrate her life and share their special memories of Faye together.
Not long ago, we remember Faye telling us how much she enjoys “sitting in the lobby and talking to people” because she is able to “talk to them about life, and provide encouragement.” Faye’s bright, bubbly and outgoing personality had, and will continue to have, a positive impact on many of the staff and residents of St. Anne’s. She will be greatly missed.
Your support matters. Thank you to each and every supporter and friend of LOFT whose generosity allows us to provide Dignity and Compassionate Support to clients like Faye, helping to create A Dignified Life – and death – for Everyone. Every dollar makes a difference in the lives of the most underserved members of our communities, who might otherwise have no place to call home.
Faye’s Story (as told in her own words in the summer of 2016)
My life had some twists and turns. I have seen many difficulties related to my chronic health conditions and mental health issues. But it all became really unbearable when my husband passed away. Cleaning, laundry, cooking, even taking shower – I was not able to handle it all on my own! I even tried to kill myself. But then my pastor persuaded me to start looking for help.
First I was skeptical – it seemed impossible to find the support I needed with my tiny income. Thank goodness I was wrong! Luckily I soon found LOFT. And their St. Anne’s Place (supportive housing) happens to be in my dear old neighborhood!
I remember the overpowering joy when I was told I could move in. It was love at first sight. What a nice, quiet, spacious place with a lovely garden! There is a church just nearby with a ramp so that people in wheelchairs can go. And if you feel too sick to go, the priest comes weekly to have a special mass for us here.
The dining hall looks like a fancy restaurant with a fantastic view of Toronto south and the lake. I enjoy eating all my main meals there. And I do like what they cook for us; cooking is not my cup of tea, and what they serve is delicious.
I have been here for ten years and I love it ever so much! I have my one bedroom apartment and all the support I need to stay well and enjoy my community. The personal support worker comes in the morning and helps me get ready for the day. When I need help, there is always someone around. And they arrange my visits to doctors and all the medical help I need.
But the most wonderful thing about St. Anne’s is the great people. From the first day, I felt part of a caring supportive community with lots of fun events, activities, friendships and opportunities to help others. Staff is all nice and polite. And very respectful. You can feel they do really care about us. I never feel lonely.
I love to help others and volunteer. I work here in the used clothing shop and deliver mail and notes to staff and residents. I help with organizing movie nights on Fridays – I help with choosing movies and putting announcements on the billboard. I also enjoy sitting in the lobby and talking to people. People come to me to talk about life, and get some encouragement. I love being silly and teasing others in a friendly way.
There are lots of opportunities here to have fun,, enjoy your hobbies and share good times with friends. There is a library, movie nights, and we have fun trips and barbecue picnics in the yard during summer.
This place is truly my home now. This is where I belong. This is where my life became happy and full again. I never, ever plan to leave it. If somebody ever tries to make me leave, they would need to put me in a wooden box first. That’s how much I want to stay here. Thank you for bringing me here; bringing me home.
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