July 12, 1989 |
In his right hand, he wielded a plastic green spatula instead of a crozier. Over his blue shirt and his black clerical vest, he wore a clear plastic apron instead of ornate ceremonial vestments. For more than two hours yesterday afternoon, Archbishop Anthony J. Bevilacqua, sleeves rolled up to his elbows, dished up dessert for 574 men, some of them homeless and all of them hungry, at St. John's Hospice for Transient Men in the 1200 block of Race Street. The archbishop said that he had come to the hospice "to see and to serve.
April 1, 1993 |
Betak, the largest and one of only two AIDS hospices in the city, could shut in June due to money problems worsened by the state's failure to provide promised financial support, a Betak official said last night. The Rev. Arnold L. Tiemeyer, president of the Lutheran Home at Germantown, which runs Betak, said the 43-bed hospice had not received a $415,000 grant from the state Health Department it was supposed begin getting last July 1. A state Health Department spokesman last night said he was unaware of the circumstances and couldn't comment.
August 9, 1995 |
AIDS patient Aileen Getty, the 36-year-old heiress to the Getty oil fortune, vows that although she's raising money to fund AIDS hospices, she'll never stay in one. Getty discovered she had the HIV virus nearly 10 years ago. She's had AIDS for six years and said she contracted the disease through unprotected sex during a brief affair while she was married to Elizabeth Taylor's son, Christopher Wilding. How can she be so sure she won't spend her last days in a hospice? The answer is simple but chilling: She says she will commit suicide when she is "no longer capable of giving my children anything more.
November 16, 1998 |
Around holidays, many companies help the less fortunate. At GMAC Mortgage Corp.'s Horsham office, employees take community service personally year-round. The company's effort involves Keystone House, an independent, nonprofit Wyndmoor, Montgomery County, hospice certified by Medicare and Medicaid. GMAC employees are regular volunteers at Keystone. They work with patients and have done carpentry, maintenance and painting there. Keystone House occupies an 18th-century Victorian manor house on a wooded, 2 1/2-acre lot, and "great pains are taken to avoid being an austere, clinical facility," said Bernadette Gallagher, director of volunteers.
June 16, 1989 |
A group of West Mount Airy residents asked City Council's Rules Committee yesterday to reject a plan to fund a nursing home for AIDS patients in their neighborhood. The residents said the facility, which would house 44 AIDS patients in various stages of the disease, would destroy what one described as "the most successfully integrated area in the United States. " The project, located at the former Arden Hall Nursing Home at Mount Airy Avenue and McCallum Street, is the creation of the Lutheran Home at Germantown, an old-age home, and is supported by the Hospital Authority of Philadelphia.
October 9, 2013 |
FLOYD SLOWLY hobbles out of the kitchen on his gangly old legs. He wobbles past a portrait of himself in the living room and several framed photos of his life. This is when he was a kid. This is when he went to the beach. This is him with his best friend. He's had a good life, and he has been loved, maybe even a little more than most. A man now visiting Floyd in his living room will bring him death soon, when life becomes too much to bear. He will bring it to Floyd at his home, in the arms of those he loves the most.
October 18, 1988 |
Clarence Young, 52, who police say is a "street person," yesterday was given residence in a state prison by Common Pleas Judge Carolyn E. Temin. The judge sentenced Young to four to 10 years in prison for severely slashing an employee of the St. John's Hospice, on Race Street near 12th, March 10. Young was convicted of aggravated assault and a weapons offense. The victim, Jeff Anderson, 36, who required 30 stitches in his face and left arm after the attack, asked Common Pleas Judge Carolyn E. Temin to "punish" Young so he wouldn't have the chance to "do it to anyone else.
April 8, 1993 |
Gov. Casey has pledged technical assistance, and, if necessary, additional funds to keep Betak, the Philadelphia hospice and nursing care facility for people with AIDS, from having to close June 1. "I'm committed to ensuring that people with AIDS have access to desperately needed nursing services," Casey said in a statement released Tuesday. "I will do everything within my power to make sure that the Betak facility remains open. " Betak, which opened in January 1992 in the city's Mount Airy section, is one of only two AIDS hospices in Philadelphia.
January 19, 1989 |
Last Thursday, Brother Malachy found a few whiskey bottles in the alley beside St. John's Hospice, a shelter for homeless men on Race Street near 12th. And for that reason, the hospice will be closed to outsiders today, he said. "They're drinking and drugging in the yard. The men have been very annoyed about it," said Brother Brendan, who also works at the shelter. "We're getting fearful. They're very wild. " The hospice will be open to the 47 men who sleep there nightly, but the 600 or so outsiders who come from other shelters every day to eat or get clothes will find a closed door, Brother Malachy said.
March 22, 2005 |
Dominique Hanks really should be out of her wheelchair and lying down with her feet up. But she won't do that. She just can't. The 55-year-old woman thinks that by being in front of Terri Schiavo's hospice she's helping "to save somebody's life. " For the last several weeks, she has left her apartment just up the street every day and spent several hours, at least, in front of the hospice. It's painful, she says. "It kills my back and my neck. I'm harming myself, but I don't care.