Pope gives Hospice $1 million boost

RALEIGH, N.C. – Hospice of Wake County now is closer to funding construction of its new headquarters and patient-care building in Raleigh, thanks to a $1 million matching grant from the John William Pope Foundation.

The $11 million building, slated to total 46,000 square feet, will be located on 8.7 acres in Cary and house at least eight in-patient beds and six residential beds to provide temporary housing for terminally-ill people.

The facility will include space for grieving families and counseling services for children and adults, and Hospice has applied for an additional six inpatient beds.

To date, the nonprofit has raised $6.8 million for the project, and the gift from the Pope Foundation is intended to spur additional private donations for the facility, which is expected to serve more than 600 people annually.

The gift, made in memory of John W. Pope Sr., the founder of the foundation, will be paid in two $500,000 installments, each made after Hospice has raised $500,000 in new private donations.

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