Abbotsford Hospice Society faces funding shortfall

Construction could be delayed on Holmberg House, the adult hospice at the Campus of Care.

Patrick Giesbrecht

Patrick Giesbrecht

The adult hospice under construction as part of the Campus of Care project in Abbotsford might have to delay its completion due to a current funding shortfall.

David Turchen, chairman of the Abbotsford Hospice Society (AHS) board of directors, said $7 million has been raised so far to fund Holmberg House, but another $3.7 million is required to finish construction.

About another $1.3 million is needed to fully furnish the facility and for other start-up costs.

Turchen said some additional construction costs were incurred through design changes that were required “to optimize the functional space” of the Dave Lede Campus of Care.

He said the funding shortfall won’t impact current construction, but will affect planning for the Phase Two completion of the project.

He said it is hoped that Holmberg House can open in fall 2014.

“We’re not worried … We want to finish, but it might mean the time frame will extend. We all want to get this done. We’re really excited about it.”

Turchen commended the site’s donors and the community for its overwhelming support of AHS to date.

“We have real faith in this community. It’s been very generous to us over the years.”

Holmberg House is one of three projects under construction at the Campus of Care on Marshall Road adjacent to Abbotsford Regional Hospital.

The campus also includes Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, due to open sometime in the new year, and Matthew’s House, a respite facility for children with severe disabilities which celebrated its grand opening on Thursday.

Holmberg House will provide end-of-life care to people 19 years and older, as well as support services for their families.

The idea is to provide a home-like setting for people nearing the end of their lives so they do not have to die in the clinical environment of a hospital, but where they can still easily access medical and support services.

The three-storey 30,000-square-foot facility will include amenities such as 10 patient beds, guest suites for family members, an Internet cafe, a youth entertainment centre, therapy rooms, a sanctuary, and counselling services.

“It’s going to be an incredible facility,” Turchen said.

He said AHS is looking at the possibility of opening a thrift store to help offset costs.

Major donors to Holmberg House – named in memory of Dave Holmberg Jr., who died of cancer in March 2011 – have included the Holmberg family of Abbotsford.

The family has made a commitment to provide up to $1 million to help build the facility, and a year ago made a donation of half that amount.

For more information about supporting the project, visit or call 604-852-2456.



Just Posted

Xauni de Figeuiroa of Abbotsford has been selected to attend a virtual space camp hosted by the Canadian Space Agency at the end of July.
Abbotsford student selected to attend virtual space camp

Xauni de Figeuiroa among 52 youth selected from across Canada

Kindergarten kids from Evans elementary school in Chilliwack painted rocks with orange hearts and delivered them to Sto:lo Elders Lodge recently after learning about residential schools. (Laura Bridge photo)
Kindergarten class paints rocks with orange hearts in Chilliwack for local elders

‘Compassion and empathy’ being shown by kids learning about residential schools

Chilliwack potter Cathy Terepocki (left) and Indigenous enhancement teachers Val Tosoff (striped top) and Christine Seymour (fuchsia coat), along with students at Vedder middle school, look at some of the 500-plus pinch pots on Thursday, June 10 made by the kids to honour the 215 children found at Kamloops Indian Residential School. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Chilliwack students make hundreds of tiny clay pots in honour of 215 Indigenous children

‘I think the healing process has begun,’ says teacher about Vedder middle school project

A program of the Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation enables patients to thank their health-care workers.
Fraser Valley program enables patients to say thanks to their health-care workers

Philip Harris Grateful Patient Program offered through health care foundation

Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay
Webinar looks at sexual abuse prevention among adolescents

Vancouver/Fraser Valley CoSA hosts free online session on June 15

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller is seen during a news conference, Wednesday May 19, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Indigenous child-welfare battle heads to court despite calls for Ottawa to drop cases

Feds are poised to argue against two Canadian Human Rights Tribunal rulings

The Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race has been held in Summerland as a fundraising event. Do you know which Canadian city introduced this sport? (Black Press file photo)
QUIZ: A summer’s day at the water

How much do you know about boats, lakes and water?

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from B.C. residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

A logging truck carries its load down the Elaho Valley near in Squamish, B.C. in this file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
Squamish Nation calls for old-growth logging moratorium in its territory

The nation says 44% of old-growth forests in its 6,900-square kilometre territory are protected while the rest remain at risk

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Most Read