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Sew Many Blessings
Construction Moves Quickly in Janesville
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New Agrace Mission Embraces Palliative Care
New Baraboo Office Opens
Counseling Redesign Improves Continuity for Families
Third Thrift Store Opening—in Janesville
“Donated” Patient Room Inspires Future Gifts
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Engraved Bricks Create a Lasting Memory
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Kathy Jo, an Agrace hospice patient from Fitchburg, learned to sew as a teenager. Later, as a mother, she was able to stretch the family’s budget by sewing homemade clothes for her children and often made decorative quilts as well.
Over the years, Kathy Jo has enjoyed how sewing allows her to “make something out of nothing.” Besides sewing for her family, she has also used cast-off and salvaged fabric to make more than 1,400 simple sheet quilts that she donates through Madison-area churches and shelters to people who are homeless.
As Kathy Jo now copes with a terminal illness, sewing and quilting fill her days and give her life meaning. That’s why her Agrace care team became concerned last fall to learn that Kathy Jo’s prized sewing machine had broken. Because she couldn’t afford to repair it, she was unable to finish two quilts for her future twin great-grandchildren—a boy and a girl who were expected in January.
Realizing how much sewing meant to Kathy Jo’s quality of life, her Agrace social worker, Therese Morrissey, asked the Agrace Wish Program for funding to repair the sewing machine. Run by the Agrace Foundation, the Wish Program is 100 percent funded by generous community donors. Together, our staff and volunteers coordinate the logistics for a patient’s “wish,” and the Wish Program provides funding and/or access to in-kind goods and services to make the wish possible.
The Wish Program paid for Ardyth’s Sew-n-Vac Shoppe in Baraboo to repair Kathy Jo’s sewing machine. With the repair made, she had the pleasure of finishing the baby quilts and presenting them during a visit to the new babies.“Kathy Jo often tells me about ‘the blessings’ that have come to her,” says Therese. “She is grateful she can keep sharing her love through her quilts.”