The immediate Matthew House family may change from week to week, yet remains bonded by caring and dignity as the life of one member comes to an end. Our extended family includes all who have been touched by the Matthew House mission.
Many "Matthew House angels," seen and unseen, join in providing comfort care to our residents and peace of mind to their loved ones. Our volunteers, staff, Residence Director, Board of Directors and generous donors all have a place in the Matthew House family portrait.
Board of Directors
Michael Cuddy, President
Sue Coe, Vice President
Georgina Pinckney, Treasurer
Diane deRoos, Secretary
A Central New York native, Wendy graduated from Auburn/Cayuga Community College and began a planned career in graphics and production management. Her family’s experience as her grandmother became terminally ill and died peacefully at home, one of Auburn’s first hospice patients, motivated Wendy to make a career change to nursing. Her professional goal was to provide knowledgeable, compassionate end-of-life care for terminally ill patients. Wendy became a Licensed Practical Nurse and worked for nine years with Hospice of the Finger Lakes. In 2003, not quite a year after the house opened, she joined Matthew House in her current role as Residence Director. Reporting to the Board of Directors, Wendy manages resident admissions, liaison with families and referring care providers, staff, volunteers, training and scheduling, the budget and overall operations of Matthew House.
Lisa joined Matthew House in 2010 as our part-time bookkeeper. A lifelong resident of Auburn, Lisa graduated from Auburn city schools, Cayuga Community College and LeMoyne College. Lisa ensures that all financial matters, from day-to-day expenses to foundation grant awards, and memorial donations to bequests, are properly accounted for and records maintained for clear, efficient review and auditing.
A full-time staff member in her current role since 2013, Shelly first joined the Matthew House family in 2002, a few months after the house opened, as a Resident Care volunteer. Her background includes nurse’s aide training and a number of years as a teacher’s aide across the street from Matthew House at Seward Elementary School. Shelly later became a member of our supplemental staff, as a per-diem resident caregiver providing overnight coverage.
Ann has been with Matthew House since its founding in 2002, beginning as a House Care Volunteer for the first resident. Years later, Ann’s service would be reciprocated when her mother became terminally ill and was came to Matthew House. In 2008 when a position opened to handle our extensive correspondence, Ann took on that role. She now maintains a database of families, donors and other friends across the nation who receive regular newsletters and event invitations. And, in her full-circle tradition, Ann returns to volunteer mode when Matthew House is invited to host a booth at the annual Father’s Day car show in Auburn – greeting attendees with smiles, literature and a wealth of information.
Our supplemental staff provides Resident Care services as needed on a per-diem basis, typically for overnight coverage or when a regularly scheduled volunteer is unavailable. This go-to resource of experienced caregivers assures that our scheduling is always smooth. Our current roster:
Well over 100 talented, compassionate volunteers provide essential services to the residents who grace our home. Besides our trained Resident Care and House Care volunteers, we salute those who assist with office work, lawn and garden upkeep, sidewalk shoveling, and other tasks. We value the contribution of each to our mission of providing comfort and dignity to the terminally ill in a home to share with loved ones. If you would like to explore the possibility of volunteering at Matthew House, please use the Volunteer Application to tell us of your interest.
Local individuals, families, businesses, foundations, clubs and schools are among the "angels" who generously Matthew House. Monetary donations, wish list items and home maintenance and renovation are just a few gifts bestowed to the residents and staff at the house. We deeply appreciate our wonderful, caring community. If you wish to donate, you can do so securely online, and we welcome your support.