What is For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Foundation?
For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Foundation (FPS) is a nonprofit that enables adult cancer patients and their loved ones to strengthen, deepen and unify their relationships by creating unforgettable and lasting respite vacations. FPS has been operating for 15 years and has a proven track record of improving patient’s outlook on cancer. We have helped over 5,500 people since 1999 and provide approximately 120 respite vacations each year. Visit our website to learn more about our mission and who we help: www.takeabreakfromcancer.org.
What Does a Respite Vacation Include?
A respite vacation is typically one week long, but due to treatment or work schedules, some patients opt for a long weekend. For Pete's Sake Cancer Respite Foundation absorbs expenses related to the respite itself, including associated travel costs, and also presents travelers with a generous stipend, toiletries, robes, journals and pens, a camera, and inspirational writings related to the journey. Upon return home, we provide each family with a photo keepsake. The only thing we ask of home donors is that you open the doors of your vacation home to our families and that the home is clean! We take care of the rest and inform you of who will be staying at your home. We also give you feedback from the families upon their return, to show you the impact you have on them!
What is the JerseyShare.org?
Although we own two homes in Florida, where many respites take place, we recognize the benefit of having vacation homes closer to where many of our patients reside along the East Coast. An increase in inquiries has also led us to look for new home donations to ensure that all families who need a break from cancer can receive a break from cancer. We already have a database of 30 donated vacation homes along the Jersey Shore, and we are hoping that this initiative will grow our database each year. TheJerseyShare.org is a way to connect potential home donors and allow them to seamlessly share time at their vacation home.
I can’t donate my home (or I don’t have a home to donate) but I want to be a part of JerseyShare.org and help create amazing respites! What can I do?
Our greater goal for JerseyShare.org is creating a strong sense of community to support the families who will travel to the shore for their respite vacation. We want them to feel immediately welcomed into the community in which they are staying, knowing that not only does the home donor care about them, but so do local businesses. Do you work for or own a shore business that would donate product or services to our travelers? Click here for more information.
How Does the Process Work if I wish to Donate my Home?
We ask our homeowners to complete a Prospective Housing Form which will help us best match your home with a patient. We are grateful for any information you can provide about your favorite restaurants, activities, etc., as we provide each patient a stipend for use during the visit. Before any formal stay is planned, we will contact you over the telephone or by e-mail to confirm availability. You will then receive a copy of the confirmation letter which we send to the patient who will be enjoying the respite in your home. Further, you will receive patient feedback following the respite. We work with each homeowner individually to discuss patient key entry and facilitate this transfer via this office. All homeowners are covered under the organization's general liability policy. Occasionally respites are cancelled or re-scheduled due to the health of the patient who is traveling. If the respite needs to be cancelled or re-scheduled, you will receive a phone call from our office. We try to give as much notice as possible, but the health of a cancer patient is sometimes unstable and cannot always be predicted.
Who is responsible for linens, housekeeping and cleaning?
Homeowners supply bath, kitchen and bed linens. Patients are responsible for treating your home as their own, and leaving it in good condition. Housecleaning prior to and following a respite visit is normally the responsibility of the home owner.
Is the donation of my home tax-deductible?
Generally speaking, the donation of your home to FPS is not tax deductible. However, certain costs with your home's operation may be deductible for specific homeowners. Please consult with your accountant for more detailed information.