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December 22, 2013

Hospice Care Resale Shop expands in new location

FAIRMONT — The goal of the new Hospice Care Resale Shop is to give back to the community.

Hospice Care Corp. recently relocated its thrift store from Market Street on the East Side of Fairmont to its new home in Bellview. It is stationed in the former Lizzy’s Attic building, across from the Belmont Motor Inn and in front of the Fair Hills plaza with Save A Lot and Aegis.

The new store opened on Dec. 9. With the move, the local, community-based nonprofit created a more upscale shop and expanded its hours of operation.

Cynthia Woodyard, vice president of public affairs and access for Hospice Care Corp., said the Hospice Care Resale Shop showcases the organization and its work in the community, and provides a way for citizens to give back. The location is a great fit for the organization.

“With this being right here on Route 19 with so much traffic right in a neighborhood that is a big part of Fairmont, we are really blessed to be able to have this opportunity,” she said.

“I truly believe it’s going to help us to expand our mission so that we have more access to the community here to raise more money. With baby boomers coming of age, there’s people that will need more care.”

All the money raised at the Hospice Care Resale Shop goes to the treatment, medication and care of patients with life-limiting illnesses, said Malisa McCrobie, vice president of operations for Hospice Care Corp.

The store features gently used clothing and shoes for men, women and children, and a boutique with higher-end items. Customers can also find Christmas decorations and gifts, glassware, shoes, books, picture frames, linens and more. The shop is looking for furniture to offer in the future.

The inventory is donated completely by the community. All donations that come into the shop must be sale ready, which helps the the nonprofit keep its overhead costs low.

The organization, which celebrated its 30th anniversary this year, is the only hospice program with an office in Marion County, stationed at 1406 Country Club Road, and is one of the oldest and largest hospices.

Hospice Care Corp. has offices in 12 counties, including Marion, Monongalia, Wetzel, Taylor, Preston, Tucker, Randolph, Calhoun, Gilmer, Braxton, Pocahontas and Tucker.

“Marion County has always been one of our crown jewels,” Woodyard said “We do a lot of outreach here in Marion County.”

McCrobie emphasized that not all hospices are run the same. As a nonprofit hospice, Hospice Care Corp. doesn’t have stockholders and isn’t out to make a profit margin. It reports to the community and puts 100 percent of the money from its stores into patient care.

Hospice Care Corp. is an open-access hospice and focuses on quality of life, she said. The organization provides end-of-life care for patients diagnosed with terminal illnesses and those in need of palliative treatments instead of curative treatments.

“We look at our Hospice as a ministry, and we refuse to not accept anyone based on their age, their disease, how expensive their medications are, or what their insurance and ability to reimburse is,” McCrobie said. “That’s why we do this, because we refuse to say ‘no’ to somebody who needs that care.”

Hospice Care Corp. treats patients below 18 years old and accepts people with Medicaid or who have no insurance, she said.

“It’s making that journey as peaceful and as complete as can be,” McCrobie said. “What we’re trying to provide is that quality of life to where you end well.”

Woodyard added that while Hospice Care Corp. focuses on the patient, it also supports the family and allows them time to make memories. Health care is moving into treating people at home, which she said is more cost-effective and provides a better quality of life.

“We are truly one-of-a-kind,” Woodyard said of Hospice Care Corp. “Who can put a price on your loved one, whether it’s your mother, your father, your grandmother, your best friend, your child? We’re about focusing on quality of life, not on volume, not on only taking or cherry picking certain types of patients.”

McCrobie said the new Hospice Care Resale Shop is a reflection of the care that the organization provides. Hospice Care Corp. is invested in Marion County, and when people shop at the store, they are investing in the care of their neighbors, families and friends.

“Our mission is to serve those with outreach in the communities that we serve, providing the highest quality of care, and with stores like this, delivering the best value,” Woodyard said.

Customers can also see local faces at the Hospice Care Resale Shop, she said.

Rick Berry, assistant manager of the store, is a lifelong Marion County resident and well known in the community. In the past, he operated two Foodland stores in Fairmont, and spent the last nine years as the manager of Dollar General on County Club Road.

Hospice Care Corp. has a dedicated group of volunteers involved in the store, and is always looking for more volunteers. Rose Cain, of Fairmont, has been volunteering with the organization for about seven years. She can often be seen assisting with the new store’s operations.

“There’s nothing better than helping people,” Cain said.

The Hospice Care Resale Shop is open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 304-366-7995.

Email Jessica Borders at jborders@timeswv.com or follow her on Twitter @JBordersTWV.

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