On July 1, 2015, I took a leap of faith and made the decision to leave a successful career in Education to become Executive Director of Abraham House . Little did I know what a life changing experience this would be not only on a professional level but on a personal level as well. My time here has magnified my perspective on death, greatly affecting the way I choose to live.
Each time we are entrusted to care for someone’s loved one, I am both honored and humbled. What a significant responsibility and privilege it is for us to be invited to share in the sacredness of someone’s final time upon this earth. Significant relationships are built as a result of accompanying our guests and family members through this transition. Our house provides a safe haven and each person that we welcome into our home becomes a permanent part of our “Abraham House Family.”
I have been deeply impressed with the generous and consistent outpouring of support and have truly fallen in love with the people and purpose of our community. It is only through partnering that our mission to provide loving high quality care for the terminally ill can be fulfilled. We open the doors of our house and welcome our guests and families to use it as if it were their home. We care for our guests needs so that family members can focus on simply caring about them. But greater than all that we “do” is that which we receive in return.
I am blessed to see the best of humanity each day whether it is watching a family member hold their loved one’s hand bedside, listening to the music playing from a guest’s room as I pass by, or smelling lunch being prepared for our guests to enjoy. I am reminded daily of the beauty in simple deeds of kindness, the delicacy of life, and the immediacy with which we should appreciate and savor every moment we are given.
We are proud to be the only comfort home within the counties of Herkimer, Oneida, and Madison. We are dedicated and committed to serving the terminally ill with dignity, respect, and compassion.
I am honored to have been given the opportunity to lead an organization that is so well respected and so well received in our community.
Gina Ciaccia, Executive Director