SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Nancy Fela Parenti and her son Matthew volunteer at Peggy’s House in Scotch Plains every Monday evening, serving ice cream and visiting with patients and families at the Center for Hope Hospice. 

The Fanwood residents do the same once a month at Father Hudson House, the Center’s Elizabeth residence. Their community service not only provides a welcome treat for Center patients and loved ones, it also has resulted in a grant from the Allstate Foundation.

Fela Parenti, who works at Allstate Insurance in Bridgewater, has been recognized for “being a positive force for change” for her volunteer service at the Center for Hope, enabling the non-profit organization to receive an Allstate Foundation Helping Hands grant.

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According to the Allstate Foundation, the Center was awarded the $500 grant in recognition of its being “a partner providing innovative and lasting solutions to enhance your community’s well-being and prosperity.”

The Center for Hope offers hospice and palliative care at Peggy’s House and Father Hudson House, and hospice care in patients’ homes and other medical and long-term care settings. As a non-profit organization, the Center provided over $3.5 million dollars in charitable care last year alone.

“We are so grateful for all our dedicated volunteers who help in so many ways, and to the Allstate Foundation for recognizing Ms. Parenti’s contributions to our patients,” said Stacy Kaplan, the Center’s volunteer coordinator. “We have many ways for individuals, companies, associations and organizations to get involved in community service as volunteers.”

For information on volunteering at the Center for Hope, contact Stacy Kaplan at or call (908) 288-9111.

Center for Hope Hospice & Palliative Care (Center for Hope) is a non-profit, community-based organization that provides terminally ill patients with hospice care, and their families or loved ones with physical, emotional, and spiritual support during their time of need. The Center actively supports the individual's right to live out the remainder of their life with dignity and in comfort, surrounded by the love of family and friends, and eased from the burdens of physical, emotional, spiritual, financial or social distress.​ Center for Hope welcomes all terminally ill patients, their families and loved ones without concern for race, ethnicity, religious affiliation or ability to pay. It also offers pain and symptom management for chronically ill and seriously ill patients through its palliative care program. Center for Hope operates two facilities, Peggy’s House in Scotch Plains and Father Hudson House in Elizabeth, which provides nearly $3 million a year in charity care. For more information, visit