JEFFERSON AWARD:  Woman heads organization to help homeless die - WDRB 41 Louisville News

JEFFERSON AWARD:  Woman heads organization to help homeless die with dignity

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville woman is making sure the homeless and people without family don't die alone.

WDRB's Sterling Riggs had the opportunity to surprise our new recipient with a Jefferson Award! 

"This is a house of hospitality. We provide TLC to people at the very end of their life so they can die with dignity. A lot of them have lived very hard lives. We get to take care of them in the last days, weeks or months," said Cassidy.

Karen Cassidy founded the Hildegard House in Louisville's Butchertown neighborhood. The non-profit organization opened in June and has provided free hospice care for 15 residents. More than 40 volunteers provide 24-hour care for the people in the home. Karen was excited to receive the award but wanted to talk about her friends who help her show compassion to others.

"Everybody deserves a dignified death. Everybody deserves respect. But besides our residents, we have the most wonderful community of volunteers here," said Cassidy.

The Hildegard House runs on private donations. CLICK HERE to find more information about the organization.

About the Jefferson Awards

The Jefferson Awards initiative, sometimes called "The Nobel Peace Prize for Volunteerism," was pioneered over 40 years ago. The Jefferson Awards recognize volunteers who transform lives and strengthen communities through dedication and service. WDRB is proud to bring the Jefferson Awards to Louisville.  CLICK HERE to nominate someone for a Jefferson Award.    

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