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New facility for free end-of-life residential care to open in Milton

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New facility for free end-of-life residential care to open in Milton

The Gateway House of Peace will mark its grand opening next week after years of work.
New facility for free end-of-life residential care to open in Milton
Joni Hanchett, founder of Gateway House Of Peace located at 479 Rowland St. in Ballston Spa, stands at the entrance.

The Gateway House of Peace on Rowland Street will mark its grand opening next week after years of work.

The nonprofit residence for people with terminal illnesses will be providing free end-of-life care, under the medical supervision of Community Hospice of Saratoga.

Gateway’s mission is to provide round-the-clock care in the final three months of life to low- or middle-income people who can’t or don’t want to be in their own homes.

Milton Town Supervisor Dan Lewza, Ballston Spa Mayor John Romano and representatives of the Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association are among those expected to attend the opening ribbon-cutting at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Gateway House is at 479 Rowland St., near the Saratoga County Airport.

The building is actually owned by the county, but the Board of Supervisors agreed in 2011 to lease it to Gateway House for a dollar per year.

Gateway volunteers have been repairing the building and fund-raising since then.

The house was acquired by the county in 1988 as part of an airport runway clear zone land acquisition project. The county subsequently leased it to the Saratoga County chapter of the American Red Cross, but the Red Cross departed in 2009 after the county chapter merged with the Glens Falls chapter and moved to Glens Falls.

Similar existing end-of-life residential programs include the Joan Nicole Prince Home in Scotia and Mary’s Haven in Saratoga Springs, which is run by Catholic Charities. Gateway House of Peace, which has two bedrooms, does not have a religious affiliation.

The home will be primarily staffed by volunteers who have been trained in hospice care. More information about the organization is available at gatewayhouseofpeace.org or on Facebook.

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