As part of their House service project, members of Trinity’s Aquinas House, directed by Ms. Betsy Darby, traveled to the Hildegard House in Butchertown during Advising on Thursday, Oct. 27. The students helped the facility prepare its upstairs area for renovations and volunteer training.
The students moved furniture, helped with landscaping and assembled medical bedding. Their work will help the facility prepare for renovations. Abbie Trowbridge, volunteer coordinator at Hildegard House, said, “The patient room these boys helped set up will be used to train volunteers to take care of our patients.”
Ms. Darby believes that one of the most important aspects of the House System is its focus on community service. As part of their goals for the year, Ms. Darby and the Aquinas House captains decided that service to others should be the priority if they are to emulate the teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas.
Ms. Darby stated: “In order to live out the school’s mission, we think it is important to incorporate service throughout the school year rather than just holding a few weeks of collections or donations. As men of faith, we are called as Christians to serve those in the community. This is our way of making a yearlong commitment to helping others.”
The Hildegard House provides quality short-term, end-of-life care and access to hospice services to people in need without loved ones or with loved ones who live too far away to care for them. Every resident cared for at the facility has access to a hospice team, nurse, nurse’s aide, social worker and chaplain. Hildegard House’s commitment is to provide comfort and compassion while respecting the dignity of every human being.