Harmony House of Western Massachusetts Partnership

We’re proud to have recently pledged $7,500 to the Harmony House of Chicopee to help fund a renovation and expansion that will allow the nonprofit to improve services and care for more terminally ill individuals who live alone or lack a capable caregiver.
 
Harmony House is currently fundraising to cover the cost of the $600,000 home renovation. They recently broke ground on their permanent and much larger home in the Aldenville section of Chicopee on Dec. 5.
 
Harmony House Board Members, Supporters and Florence Bank staff pose with the $7,500 donation check. From left to right: Ger Ronan, President, Yankee Home; Maureen Buxton, West Springfield Branch Manager, Florence Bank; Ruth Willemain, Founder, Harmony House of Western MA; Amy Corcoran, President, Board of Directors, Harmony House of Western MA; Pamela Quirk, RN, House Operations and Volunteer Committee Chair, Harmony House of Western MA
The mission at Harmony House is to provide compassionate care for terminally ill individuals facing the end of their lives alone in a comfortable, loving, home-like environment. It is dedicated to maintaining the honor and dignity of each resident during the final stages of life.
 
Staffed mainly by volunteers—from nurses to caregivers and companions—it provides 24-hour assistance with all aspects of care, including companionship, personal care, socialization, and meals. Harmony House is privately funded through the generosity of individuals, businesses and foundations.
 
“We are pleased to be able to contribute to this worthy organization that meets the needs of some of our most vulnerable community members,” said our president and chief executive officer, John F. Heaps Jr.
 
We’re a mutually held bank, which means our accountability is with customers and not stockholders. With no quarterly dividends to pay, we can focus on the ideas and decisions that are good for customers, staff and those in the wider community.
 
“Because we are an independent bank, we can be exceptionally good neighbors in the Pioneer Valley” Heaps said. “We are free to be philanthropic—a path we’ve followed for years and intend to continue on into the future.”