Comfort Care Home

Pines of Peace is a residence for the terminally ill located in Ontario, NY. We provide a comfortable, alternate living arrangement for families to assist their loved ones who are deemed beyond curative care by their physicians.
Pines of Peace is a residence for the terminally ill located in Ontario, NY. We provide a comfortable, alternate living arrangement for families to assist their loved ones who are deemed beyond curative care by their physicians.
Our home is an inter-faith, inter-community ministry that was created to ease the transition of the final journey for residents, their families and their loved ones.
Our cape-cod home located in a residential neighborhood in the town of Ontario, features two bedrooms, a common living room, kitchen and park like gardens for peaceful reflection or to enjoy moments with friends and families. The home’s deck which overlooks the creek is accessible from both bedrooms by hospital bed or wheelchair.
We welcome those with a physician’s directive indicating an individual is in the last three months of life. Residents and family members actively participate in the decision making process to insure maximum comfort during their stay. Pets are welcome as they play a vital role in comfort to our residents.
Our staff of nurses and aides is assisted by trained volunteers who lovingly provide care to the resident and their loved ones. Our volunteers also perform a multitude of tasks such as tending to our gardens, home maintenance, organizing fund raisers, providing meals and quietly sitting with the resident and their loved ones offering comfort and care to those that are in need.
Pines of Peace is a privately incorporated, not-for-profit organization. Our facility is supported by the local community through donations, grants, bequests and memorials. We thank the donors who have supported us for 20 years and appreciate their ongoing support of our mission.
If you are in need, we hope that you will consider us for yourself or your loved one.

Sara Kennedy
Executive Director

UPCOMING EVENTS

Victorian Tea Tickets now Available!

20 August 2022

A Victorian Tea!

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Heritage Square Museum, 7147 Ontario Center Rd
Ontario, 14519 United States
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01 September 2022

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

We are grateful for all the donations of goods. We recommend a phone call or e-mail to arrange a drop off time. Thank you in advance for making us part of your shopping list!

OUR WISH LIST

Cake & Brownie Mixes
K-Cups (regular & decaf)
Disinfectant Wipes
Canned Vegetables & Fruits
Twin-size Extra Long Sheet Sets
Towels
Wash Cloths
Disposable Masks
Laundry Detergent
Dryer Sheets
AA Batteries
Hand Lotion
Bona Refills (floor cleaner)
Postage Stamps
Gift Cards
Baking Pans
Cookie Sheets
Pint Size Canning Jars

NEWS

New Executive Director

The Pines of Peace has a new Executive Director!  The Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Sara Kennedy has accepted the position!  Sara is from the area originally and comes to us with a degree in English as well as a Masters Degree in Education.  Sara has been honing her caregiving skills for better than 28 years now, including quality time spent at the Pines of Peace in both caregiving and administration!  You will be hearing from her in the coming weeks!  We are very fortunate to have her continue the legacy of excellent care here at the Pines of Peace on behalf of all of our caregivers and volunteers!  Welcome Sara!!!

Friday Night Fish Fry

Thank you to all of our bakers who participated in the Friday Night Fish Fry sponsored by the Ontario Masons that benefitted the Pines of Peace!  It was a great success and surpassed all previous years and expectations!!!

2022 Updates

The Pines of Peace is humming along nicely as the year is well underway.   We are gearing up for some events that will put the ‘fun’ in ‘fundraising’!  Please check our Event Calendar.  We can use donations for our Golf Tournament ( gift certificates and other sports and leisure items) and our Victorian Tea (gift certificates and assembled gift baskets for a silent auction).  And when you are doing your Spring cleaning, please think of the Pines of Peace and drop off your gently used items on June 6 & 7 at Casey Park.  (Please no electronics, large furniture, TVs, computers, printers, child care seats and other regulated items.)  We are accepting gently used clothing in bags for our accompanying clothing drive.  Any questions?  Just call our office:  (315)524-2388.

We’ve got some changes:  I will be retiring in June and we look forward to the introduction of a new Executive Director!  This January the Pines of Peace recruited two new Board members:  Bonnie Dennison and Donna Stern.  Bonnie brings a long tenure of helping many organizations, including the Pines of Peace!  She is already involved in multiple fundraising efforts and is very creative and energetic.  Donna Stern has an extensive background in nursing that is a valuable compliment to the work of our caregivers.  She will bring great perspective in continuing our legacy of the best caregiving next to home. Angela Brown continues her excellent work as Care Manager.  Despite the times, she runs the clinical side of the Pines with great care and talent.  The Pines of Peace is so fortunate through the many years to have had many capable leaders, staff, Board of Directors, and, the heart of the Pines of Peace, our volunteers!  Thank you to all for persevering with us through these challenging times!

Updates at the Pines of Peace

The Pines of Peace has been steadily moving toward opening so that we can serve the community. We are mindful that we must open when the time is reasonable and prudent. We have been updating many aspects of the Pines: from safety protocols and procedures to a thorough review of everything within the house to the hiring of new personnel! There will be staff and volunteers returning when we re-open, and sadly, there will be some faces that have decided to ‘move on’ – especially in the context of the new times we find ourselves in. Bonnie Doyle, Cheryl Engle, and Vicki LaRocque, our long-standing nurses that have provided a bedrock of love, expertise, and care here at the Pines are either retiring from the Pines or reducing their roles. The outstanding level of service to the Pines of Peace, and by extension our entire community, will be forever appreciated. This past September we held a ‘socially distant’ gathering to celebrate them and get our staff together, after the long spring and summer separated.

We had intended to re-open in early January, but with the predicted coming surge, have delayed that timeline. Our Board of Directors will meet again in January and assess when it will be prudent to once again open our doors – hopefully soon after that. In the meantime, we continue to hold fund raisers – like our ‘Pies for the Pines’- to make up for income lost this year. The Pines of Peace is a concept of ‘neighbors helping neighbors’ and we have so appreciated the sustained support of the community we serve. We continue to prepare for opening our doors again to care for those nearing the end of their earthly lives. The times continue to challenge all of us, but there is light on the horizon. I am wishing you all health and joy this holiday season.

Pines of Peace Basement is looking mighty fine, thanks to Town of Ontario Rotary!

The Pines of Peace Basement is looking mighty fine thanks to all of the hard work by the Town of Ontario Rotary!  Members began the project back in June of this past summer.  As can happen with many home projects, this one morphed into a major renovation:  demolition of walls; flooring and wall abatement; removal of one very heavy wood stove; new flooring; new walls; new paint; new trim; new ceiling tiles!  The project began as a ‘refresh’ and ended with many people working many long hours to get it done!  We can’t begin to thank Carl Grovanz and the rest of the Rotary for their perseverance and dedication to see the work through to the end!  Now, it’s a beautiful space where meetings can be held and volunteers can work.  It fairly sparkles!  The Pines of Peace thrives because of the support of the community.  We are truly neighbors helping neighbors in all ways!

SARA KENNEDY
Executive Director

ANGELA BROWN
Nurse Care Manager

Board of Directors

LINDA HAIGHT
Board President

KATE MILLER
Vice President

WENDY HERBERT
Board Treasurer

ERIK RUECKMANN, M.D

RICHARD DOYLE

WAYNE BROPHY

BONNIE DENISON

JOHN GROW

DONNA STERN

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    Pines of Peace appreciates the financial support, as well as goods and services, donated to support our mission. Through the donations from individuals, community organizations, and bequests we have been able to maintain our level of comfort and care for 20 years.