OUR FUTURE

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St. Andrew's House has continued to lovingly and faithfully serve guests since 1954.  Contributions from an endless list of generous souls have allowed us to weather time & changes over the years.  Still, each year presents challenges to make ends meet, give our staff better compensation or make needed improvements to our facilities.  This should not be the condition of a place so cherished by so many for so long.  Your contribution will help transform St. Andrew's House from merely surviving to truly thriving!

The Needs

  • Continue to upgrade equipment and capacity to increase accessibility for guests with physical or health concerns

  • Increase staff compensation to improve job retention and quality of life

  • Build maintenance reserve to ensure that facilities stay in excellent condition

  • Build our Endowment Fund to provide sustainability for the years ahead

A Master Plan for St. Andrew's House

Wenzlau Architects developed a plan for Lodge expansion that would beautifully address the accessibility goals the Advisory Committee set for them (see Master Plan Phase I below).   The Advisory Committee approved the drawings as creatively & beautifully addressing the Vision for St. Andrew’s House, and the Diocesan Board approved of this Master Plan on April 21, 2022.

 

By adding a wing to the rear of the Lodge, connected to the current East wing, the general look and home-like feel of the Lodge is retained, but many new important features are added: 

  • Two new ADA-approved bedrooms on the ground floor, with direct access to the ADA parking 

  • Four new bedroom suites on the second floor, allowing St. Andrew’s the space to remove all the bunk beds and spread out the beds in the existing over-crowded rooms 

  • A new entrance to the Lodge, allowing people coming from the parking lot direct entrance into the second floor of the building, with a nice gathering/meeting space for welcome and a wide indoor staircase to the first floor 

All this additional space would not alter the approved capacity of beds or septic usage, allowing the expansion to occur without prohibitive re-engineering or expansion of the infrastructure.  St. Andrew’s House will remain a 30-bed capacity facility, but with 16 bedrooms rather than 12, four ADA-approved ground floor bedrooms instead of two, and accessible welcoming areas for guests (both on the first and second floors) that help people avoid having to carry their belongings up and down staircases to their rooms. 

Ways to Contribute

  • Make donations on an annual or monthly basis to build the foundation for a healthy community of caring ministry

  • Give gifts designated to meet specific needs, such as new equipment or projects that particularly touch your heart

  • Include St. Andrew's House in your trust or estate planning.  You can leave a lasting legacy that will impact this sacred space for years to come (see below)

 

How to Join Our Chapter of the Bishop’s Society 

  • Bequests through your will—the most common form of a legacy gift 

Specify a dollar amount, a piece of property, or a percentage or the residual of your estate.  Consult with a qualified attorney who can review your goals in light of applicable federal and state laws, and ensure that your will accurately reflects your specific wishes. 

  • Beneficiary Designations 

You can pass your assets directly to an individual or organization outside of probate, simply by designating them as a beneficiary. 

For example, you may name St. Andrew’s House as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy, pension, retirement fund, commercial annuity contract, bank account, or brokerage account.  Talk with your attorney or financial planner about possible tax benefits from these arrangements. 

  • Other Types of Planned Giving  

Charitable Gift Annuities or Trusts:  These provide you with current tax benefits, provide income to you during your lifetime, and then leave the remainder to the St. Andrew’s House.  Qualified Charitable Contributions (QCD): These satisfy your retirement account’s Required Minimum Distribution (RMD), and can provide tax benefits.  Other Gifts: There are easy ways to gift your stocks, ETFs, mutual funds, bonds—contact the Bishop’s Office at 206.325.4200.