Brattleboro's Thompson House launches capital campaign to save patio

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BRATTLEBORO >> Thompson House, the premier nursing and rehabilitation facility in Brattleboro, has launched a capital campaign to restore their patio. For decades, the patio has provided a constant source of outdoor enjoyment for Thompson House residents. Picnic tables beneath the maple trees, abundant flowers, and ample seating ensure small, sunny excursions during the summer months, whether enjoying lunch, or some fresh air. The patio is a mecca for activities where friends from the community come to visit residents on a regular basis. Visitors have included donkeys, llamas, goats, sheep, dogs, rabbits, Strolling Heifers, and the Humane Society.

However, many years of use and weather have taken a toll. The Thompson House patio is in need of repair. For the past two years, it has been necessary for staff to accompany residents one-on-one when they go outside onto the patio because of safety concerns due to the increasingly uneven surface. At this point, unassisted use of the patio is restricted to only a few spry and capable residents. Thompson House would like all residents to be able to continue enjoying the patio, but this will require significant repairs.

Thompson House has a plan. Based on estimates, the cost of restoring the patio to meet required accessibility standards is roughly $38,850.

"We are building on our grass roots fund-raising strategy and are confident that we will meet our goal," said Administrator Dane Rank. "We plan to cover a portion of the cost of the project through annual appeal donations from our local community. Our local Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks No. 1499 is the first in town to sponsor this project. We are hoping that more organizations and businesses in Brattleboro will sponsor this project. Based on the strong demonstration of support from our community that is evident from our petition, we hope to be considered for our grant applications to the USDA Rural Development office and the State of Vermont, which are already underway."

For Thompson House to achieve its goal of making the patio accessible to all residents again, both grants require documentation of community support, so in addition to accepting donations, Thompson House has set up an online petition. If you'd like to add your name to the petition, visit www.thompsonhousehealthcare.org and click "sign the petition to save our patio."

If you would like to make a donation to the campaign to save the Thompson House patio, please send your check to Thompson House, P.O. Box 1117, Brattleboro, VT 05302-1117. For more information about the project, contact Administrator Dane Rank at 802-254-4977.


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