Residents at the Center for Hope Hospice were delighted by a recent visit from the Christ Centered Crochet Club (4Cs) of St. Helen’s Church in Westfield. Club members entertained the residents at Peggy’s House in Scotch Plains—one of two Center for Hope residences—by showing them how to crochet hats, which they donate to area hospitals, and talked to them about the club. The 4Cs donated 25 hand-crocheted hats to the Center for residents to use, as a memento of their time spent together.

“It was an amazing afternoon with the residents at the Center for Hope,” said Alesia Porter, who heads the club. “We especially enjoyed the belly laughs of one resident who watched us work; the joy she expressed being with us was so heartwarming.”

Members of 4Cs who visited were (front row, l. to r.): Annabel Lang, Katie McDermott, Annika Schnatz, Meagan Postaski and Maricar Postaski from Westfield; (back row, l. to r.): Ashley Postaski, Judy Lang and Natalie DuHaime of Westfield, Marcie Kenny from North Plainfield and Alesia Porter of Scotch Plains.

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The 4Cs was started in October 2014 when then-third-graders Kaeley Yurchak and Isabel Cortese of Garwood, parishioners of St. Helen’s Church, brought the idea to Porter as a fun activity that also served as a community service project. The club has grown to nearly 30 members, ranging in age from 3 to 86. They meet at St. Helen’s twice a month to make hats for premature babies, children and adults in hospitals and medical facilities throughout central and northern New Jersey. They also participate in the American Heart Association’s Little Hats, Big HeartsTM, which provides handmade red hats to babies born in February for American Heart Month.

St. Helen’s Church shares a special connection to Center for Hope Hospice. The Center’s founder, Father Charles Hudson, said Mass every Sunday at the church; parishioners honored Hudson in early February at a program celebrating his life and his messages of love, peace and hope. Yarn donations are being accepted by the Center of Hope to support the 4C’s Ministry.

The Center for Hope Hospice offers hospice and palliative care at Peggy's House in Scotch Plains and Father Hudson House in Elizabeth, in patients' homes, and in other medical and long-term care settings. Organizations interested in partnering with the Center for volunteer opportunities can contact Stacy Kaplan at skaplan@cfhh.org or (908) 288-9111.

About Center for Hope Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc.

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 www.cfhh.org.