The Hospice House and Support Care of Williamsburg
The Hospice House and Support Care of Williamsburg (Hospice House), a non-profit organization solely funded by charity, enhances the quality of living for its patients and their loved ones during the final phases of life. Hospice House provides physical, emotional, social and spiritual support to terminally ill patients, as well as their families, who are receiving short-term, residential care for respite and end-of-life support.
“A Home Away from Home”
A place defined by compassion, peace and dignity; the Hospice House and Support Care of Williamsburg serves as a “home away from home” for its patients and their loved ones. I first learned of Hospice House when a colleague of mine recommended Riverdale 24 Productions’ services to executive director, Audrey Smith. As a small business owner, I strive to give back to the community by completing at least one charity project every year. Prior to Hospice House, I produced videos for RE-Strong, a 5K fundraiser that benefited the VCU Massey Cancer Center and celebrated the life of Ruth Ellen Hurley. As Audrey explained her vision of the project to me, I immediately felt this would be a great opportunity and partnership.
My grandfather had recently passed away and, thanks to the hospice care he received, was able to stay home during the final stage of his life. The positive experience my family had with this form of care inspired me to capture the powerful story of Hospice House. As a videographer, it was my aspiration to capture every angle of what makes Hospice House standout as an exceptional provider in a memorable light.
Audrey and I believed that the most impactful way to capture the true essence of Hospice House was to showcase the testimonies of the staff, caregivers and family members of the patients. Therefore, a significant portion of the video centers around one-on-one interviews that highlight personal experiences and the quality of services. In addition, various aspects of the facility were shot to show the home-like, welcoming atmosphere, such as the care put into preparing patients’ beds by the staff, the well-maintained garden, the uplifting environment and the warmth provided to all guests. The project’s storyboarding and planning took place from October to November of 2017 and interviews and B-roll pickup shots were recorded from December 2017 to January 2018. The final product was debuted at the organization’s 28th Annual Elegant Culinary Affaires event on January 28, 2018.
Next year, Hospice House will be celebrating its 30th anniversary and I will be producing a new video in honor of all its accomplishments in the community of Williamsburg.
Watch the video above to learn more about Hospice House.