Our Family

The list of people that have become a part of the Matthew House family is too long to include in this brief overview of who the house considers close friends. As each resident enters and journeys toward the final stage of life, many dedicated individuals throughout the community offer compassion and assistance to the residents and their families. The Board of Directors, Residence Director, staff, volunteers and donors all contribute directly to the continuing efforts at Matthew House.

Board of Directors (2014/2015)

Board President Pam Freeman
Board Vice President Marybeth Galka
Treasurer Georgina Pinckney
Secretary Diane deRoos

Sue Coe, Mike Cuddy, Lisa Giannone, Howard Haines,

Carin Kopp and David Tehan


Staff Members


Wendy Young, Resident Director
Residence Director
Wendy Young


"There has been no greater honor for me, than that of serving and providing comfort care to the terminally ill".

   Cayuga County has been my home, my entire life. I am blessed with a wonderful husband, four sons (mine and his) and grand babies galore!

   I graduated from Auburn Community College, in the 80's and worked in the field of graphics and production management, for many years.

   I was devastated, when in 1988 we learned my beloved grandmother had terminal cancer. We were stunned and completely unprepared for such news. It was unthinkable!

   After many meetings with medical professionals and many conversations with Grandma, she pleaded to go home. Oh my, we were fish out of water!  But, as it turned out, just weeks earlier, a Hospice had opened in Auburn and we would have the opportunity of being one of their first patients.  ' Yes, Grandma...you can go home.'

   She died peacefully, months later, in her own bed, surrounded by the family she adored. Her death and my deep feelings of loss, in addition to gratitude compelled me to become a nurse. I became a Licensed Practical Nurse and worked at Hospice of the Finger Lakes, for nine years.

   My years at Hospice prepared me for Matthew House. Now, everything I did not know how to do for my grandma, I now am privileged to do for all those who become residents, at Matthew House.

   'Here's to you, Grandma! Thanks for being the best!.'





Lisa Camardo


In June 2010, I was fortunate to join the Matthew House staff, as part time bookkeeper.  I am a lifelong resident of Auburn and I graduated from Auburn city schools, Cayuga Community College and LeMoyne College.  I live in Auburn with my husband, John and our three sons John, Nick and Anthony.

Although, I have only been a member of the staff for a short time, I feel so welcome by everyone that I have met at Matthew House.  Wendy, along with the volunteers and the staff, truly make anyone and everyone who walks through the front door feel at home.

I look forward to serving as bookkeeper at Matthew House for many years to come.


Correspondence Secretary

Ann Padula


I have been involved with Matthew House since the doors opened. Several years ago I recall Judy Nichols, the Pastoral Care Minister at Sacred Heart Church introducing the concept of opening a home to care for the terminally ill in Auburn or the surrounding area. When Matthew House was ready to open I attended an open house and yes I wanted to be a part of what was happening.   I became a House Care Volunteer with the admission of the first resident. As time went on, I was amazed at what I saw.  It was not only a time for me to give to the residents and their families, but I received so much in return from the dying and their families.  It has been an amazing experience. 
There came a time when I wasn’t available to spend my time at the House but still wanted to be involved.  I was asked if I would be willing to help with acknowledging the many, many, donations that Matthew House receives.  I accepted and the rest is history.   
I have been married to my husband Bob for 35 years and have a son, Mark, a daughter, Maribeth LeFevre (Tom) and a beautifully granddaughter, Amelia.  I have worked at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church in Skaneateles for over 22 years. 
My family this summer experienced first-hand what Matthew House truly is.  Our Mom spent her final seventeen days as a resident of Matthew House in the loving care of Wendy and the wonderful volunteers.  Each and everyday volunteers treated Mom so special…as if they were caring for their own loved one.  This love, gentle care, and compassion was also extended to our entire family and friends that visited.  Thank you for the privilege of experiencing Matthew House. 

Care Coordinator:  Shelly MacBain

Administrative Assistant:  Kimberly Schmidt


Matthew House has hundreds of volunteers that provide a variety of services to the residents that grace our home on Metcalf Drive. We value their dedicated service and generosity as we continue to thrive as an organization whose mission is to provide comfort to the terminally ill.


Community members, business owners, local schools and establishments in Cayuga County are overwhelmingly generous to Matthew House. Monetary donations, wish list items and home repairs are just a few gifts bestowed to the residents and staff at the house. We greatly appreciate our caring community and hope these relationships last for years to come.