Pathway Home 2015 Fall Gala


Ventosa Vineyards on Friday October 16, 2015 hosted the 2015 Pathway Home Fall Gala.We would like to thank everyone who attended and supported our project this year.

Dinner , dancing to the sounds of Agonal Rhythm , basket and cash raffles were just part of the evening, Guests were able to get a first look at our new home. Executive Director Lisa Hochadel,   provided a video that was playing during the dinner.

The video can be viewed on the Pathway Home Facebook page.

One poignant moment of the evening was remembering Diana Becker, a founding member of Pathway Home and the first board president. Diana passed away after a long illness earlier this year.  A plaque was presented to her husband Jeb in honor of all of Diana’s contributions to our project.



Pathway’s Board of Directors: from left to right Martie Shields, Susan James, Robert Kernan, Debra Maher, Rick Coe, Judy Young, Laura Calos, Sal Franzone, Lisa Hochadel

Our next event will be our Pathway into your Hearts held at Ciccino’s in Waterloo in February.  We hope you will be able to attend.

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Welcome Home

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On October 5, 2015  Pathway Home closed on our new home at 1529 State Route 414 in the town of Tyre.

The purchase of the two bedroom home has brought us another step closer  to opening our doors. Planning  has begun on the necessary upgrades and renovations that need to be done in order to serve our future residents.

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Pathway Home 3rd Annual Fall Gala at Ventosa Vineyards

Executive Director Lisa Hochadel and Board Chairman , Rick Coe

Executive Director Lisa Hochadel and              Board Chairman Rick Coe

Pathway Home of the Finger Lakes, Inc. is holding their third annual fall gala at Ventosa Vineyards, 3440 State Route 96A, Geneva, New York, on October 16, 2015.

Cocktails are from 6 pm to 7 pm, followed by dinner at 7 pm.  Musical entertainment will be provided by Agonal Rhythm. Ticket prices are $50.00 each.

President Rick Coe stated “The fall gala is our largest fundraiser, and given all the monumental progress we made this year in achieving our mission, we have a lot to celebrate”.

Pathway Home will also be selling tickets for a cash raffle, with a grand cash prize of $2,500, for a total of $5,000 in cash paid out.  The drawings will be held the night of the fall gala, but one does not have to be present to win.  Tickets for the cash raffle are $ 10.00 each.

Pathway Home is in the process of purchasing a residential home in the Town of Tyre, with future plans of opening a comfort care home, the first in Seneca County.

A comfort care home provides palliative care for the terminally ill, who have been medically determined to be in the last three months of life, by affirming the dying person’s dignity, comfort, spirituality, and quality of life.  The home provides a warm, accepting, and supportive environment, at no cost to the patient.

Executive Director Lisa Hochadel stated “The past year has been both busy and exciting.  We are hoping for a well attended fall gala, to share our excitement as well as jump start the organization’s capital campaign.  Our goal is to have sufficient funds set aside to ensure our financial viability once we open our home.”

Pathway Home receives 100% of their funding through donations and fundraising efforts.

For ticket information for the fall gala and the cash raffle, please call President Coe at 315-651-9036 or Executive Director Hochadel at 315-539-9376.

Dinner at Ventosa Gala 2014

Dinner at Ventosa Gala 2014





Basket Auction There were over 30 baskets and items donated for last years Gala

Deb Maher and Judy Young PWH Board Members

Deb Maher and Judy Young
PWH Board Members

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Pathway Home Changes Course with Goal of Opening Sooner

Pathway HomeA few months ago, the Pathway Home of the Finger Lakes Board of Directors made the decision to move forward with renovation plans on the home it owns on Marshall Road, Fayette. But, as they say, plans change.

Shortly after the decision was made, board members became aware of a home on Route 414, Tyre. After touring the vacant ranch, board members unanimously felt the Tyre facility was more suitable to the mission and goal of the not-for-profit organization. After much deliberation, debate and weighing options, the board approved the process of purchasing the Tyre property and selling the Fayette site. Due diligence was invested in assuring the move was fiscally prudent as well as expedient. Construction vs. purchase/renovation costs were evaluated. An operational budget was drafted.

Board Chair Rick Coe said the decision was not taken lightly. In the end, the Tyre property gives Pathway Home the potential to move forward more quickly and be able to open the doors sooner in a cost-effective manner. It is expected Pathway can start serving the community by early next year.

Pathway Home Sign

The sign may move to a new location, but the goal is the same: a comfort care home for Seneca County.

Executive Director Lisa Hochadel echoed the sentiment of the board. The home in Tyre is better suited to a comfort care facility, with two large bedrooms, wide hallways and an open floor plan. It also features a full basement — something not available at the Fayette site — and is handicapped accessible. It also has an operational back-up generator and central air conditioning. She noted the house needs very little renovation or upgrades.
Hochadel noted the previous owners of the Tyre home were older and pre-planned some of the amenities they would need as they aged. Both have since died, but their children stated “having their parents’ home used for comfort care is a great legacy to them.”
Daniel R Long Architecture & Associates, Geneva, will continue to work with the board on bringing the facility into compliance.

The purchase is contingent upon receipt of a permit from the Town of Tyre.

Days after the board made its decision, Hochadel was approached by Jessica Sinicropi of Jessica & Co., a Seneca Falls hair salon, about the possibility of purchasing the Fayette property. Last month, the Pathway Home Board of Directors approved the sale terms.

The fortuitous sequence of events is a blessing, said Hochadel. “We have our financing in order with a local bank. We can afford the purchase price, equipping the house and doing renovations.”

Of course, monetary issues will be a key factor in determining when the home can open. Donations can be made anytime, designated specifically for the building fund or operating costs. Donations are tax deductible and can be made by sending to Pathway Home of the Finger Lakes, PO Box 516, Seneca Falls, NY 13148-0516.

Pathway Home is also starting a capital campaign to create an endowment fund for operational costs.

The original concept of a comfort care home was spawned because Seneca County is the only county in the area that does not have such a facility, meaning county residents needing palliative care and unable to remain at home, have to either be hospitalized, placed in a nursing home or placed in a comfort care facility 40-plus miles from home.
The goal of Pathway Home has always been to provide quality care to the dying by attempting to meet each resident’s physical, emotional, social and spiritual care needs in a supportive home like environment, while respecting their individuality and maintaining his or her dignity until death.

Care to be provided by volunteers and staff include hands on care for residents such as assistance with bathing, dressing and medications; cooking for the residents; emotional and spiritual support to residents and families; housekeeping and maintenance of building and grounds

Residents will need to be associated with a home health hospice program. In Seneca County, hospice is provided by Lifetime Care Hospice of Wayne and Seneca Counties, which provides trained hospice nurses, medical social workers, pastoral services and bereavement services.

Families can participate as much as they are able to in providing resident care and are encouraged to do so if they wish. The plan of care for the resident is based around the resident’s needs and their goals.

Pathway Home will be available to any person with a terminal illness in need of care, regardless of age, creed, color, ethnic background or religion. Care provided by Pathway Home will be free of charge to the resident.

Hochadel can be reached at (315) 539-9376 or (315) 729-2428 or by e-mail at for comments or questions.

Additional information will be updated on the organization’s website [] and Facebook page.

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Pathway Into Your Hearts at Ciccinos


Auction Items from last year’s Pathway Home fund-raiser

The third annual Pathway Into our Hearts in support of Pathway Home of the Finger Lakes will be held Feb. 12, 6-8 p.m. at Ciccino’s Restaurant Secondo Piano (second floor), Waterloo. An elevator is available.

Tickets are $25 per person. Members of the Pathway board will be available to mix, mingle and answer questions about the home and Board President Rick Coe anticipates making a major announcement about plans to bring a comfort care facility for end of life care into Seneca County.

Hors d-oeuvres, cash bar and baskets will be available, with all proceeds going to support Pathway Home. This year there will be entertainment by the Lipker Sisters.

Tickets are $25 and available from Executive Director Lisa Hochadel, Coe or any Pathway board member.

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Thanks for a Successful Gala

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Executive Director Lisa Hochadel and Board Chair Rick Coe sign in attendees to the second annual Pathway Home gala.

The Board of Pathway Home would like to thank all those who supported the recent Pathway into Fall Gala at Ventosa Vineyards. The event was a resounding success and a good time was had by all. We will keep you posted as to the financial figures, but we do know the response has been terrific.

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Pathway Into Fall Gala Planned

Pathway Home Sign

Board President Rick Coe and Will Wilson help put the Pathway Home sign in place.

Mark it on your calendar … Sept. 26.

Pathway Home, a comfort care home being planned in Fayette, is hosting its second annual Pathway Into Fall Gala, 6-11 p.m., at Ventosa Vineyards, Fayette, overlooking Seneca Lake.

The night will feature a cash bar, dinner, entertainment by Agonal Rhythm and door prizes. There will be also be a Chinese auction and 50/50s all evening.

Agonal Rhythm

Agonal Rhythm will be playing for the Pathway Home Gala

Tickets are $50 per person and are available from Pathway Home board members or by calling Board President Rick Coe at (315) 651-8527. Proceeds will benefit Pathway Home of the Finger Lakes.

Pathway Home will be a comfort care home at 1530 Marshall Road, Fayette. It will be a two-bedroom home where the terminally ill can receive 24 hour end-of-life care at no charge. The home will depend on volunteers and donations from the community.

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Pathway Home Sign Installed

Pathway Home Sign

Board President Rick Coe and Will Wilson help put the new sign in place.

A new sign is up at the site of a proposed hospice comfort care home in Waterloo. Pathway Home is a non-profit organization seeking to provide a place for end-of-life care in Seneca County. The proposed two-bedroom facility would provide palliative care from professional care givers at no cost to the families.

The new sign gives the site and the program much needed visibility. The sign was produced locally by Pilat Graphics of Seneca Falls and is a gift of the estate of the late Martha Buckley by her family.

Pathway Home logoBoard President Rick Coe said the Pathway Home Board has been working for five years to secure funding and complete design plans for the home. The Board has developed floor plans for remodeling the former insurance agency building and has received estimates for the needed renovations. Because of the high cost of building, the agency is also looking at alternative facilities for providing the care services. “We would like to get up and running as soon as possible,” Coe noted, “But there have been many obstacles to overcome during the planning.”

The non-profit agency is also planning a major fund-raising gala at Ventosa Winery this Fall. The event will feature dinner, a live band and silent and Chinese Auctions. They will also be conducting a cash raffle with a $2500 top prize, $1,000 second prize, $500 Third prize and 10 $100 prizes. The winning tickets will be drawn the evening of the gala. Tickets are available from any Board member and will soon be available online at the organization’s web site at

“Folks have rightly wondered whether this project is ever going to get off the ground,” commented Board Vice-President, Stephen Beals. “It’s a very involved process and we have been steadily working through it. We’re focused on preparing for a capital campaign in the next few months. We have also hired a part-time Director who starts on July 1. The Board is absolutely committed to making this happen.”

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Pathway Home Gets Donation from Seneca Meadows

Seneca Meadows Pathway

Mark Benjamin of Seneca Meadows, Board Member Judy Young and Board President Rick Coe.

The Pathway Home comfort care home being planned for Waterloo has received a signficant donation from the Seneca Meadows Landfill. More importantly, the check is the first of five annual donations the company has committed. A total of $25,000 is intended to help Pathway Home with ongoing operational support.

The donation fulfills a promise made by the former director of community relations for the Landfill, Carl Casaccia before he retired in 2011. In 2006, Casaccia earned a Community Service Award from the Women’s Rights Convention Days Committee and in 2007 was presented with the Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award.

Current community relations director Mark Benjamin wanted to make note of Casaccia’s legacy in supporting the hospice care organization. “When Pathway Home first started putting plans together three years ago, Carl said that when they were ready to move the project along, we would be there with support. Now that Pathway Home is preparing to start a capital campaign, we wanted to be among the first to help provide ongoing support for this important work,” Benjamin said.

Pathway Home has begun planning for a capital campaign to finance construction of a two-bedroom comfort care home on Marshall Road in Waterloo. They have purchased the Marshall Road property and have made preliminary floor plans and gotten bids from contractors. Pathway Home will be sponsoring a fund-raiser for the campaign on February 13th at Ciccino’s in Waterloo from 6-8pm.

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Ciccinos Coupon Book Aids Pathway Home

Ciccinos Coupons

Ciccinos Coupon book

Ciccinos Restaurants in Geneva and Waterloo are distributing a coupon book with $160 worth of coupons for $34.99. A portion of the sales of each coupon book will be donated to Pathway Home.

The company is also distributing Pathway Home Brochures when they go door-to-door selling the coupon books.

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