Written by The Business Journal Staff
A grand opening celebration for the Rotary Respite House will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sept. 22 at 641 S. Watson in Visalia.
The Visalia Rotary Community Foundation, a joint effort of all Visalia Rotary clubs, raised funds to build the respite house and will own it, leasing it to Kaweah Delta Health Care District to operate and manage.
The event will feature tours of the house and a short program, including the ceremonial “passing of the key” to Lindsay Mann, CEO of Kaweah Delta Health Care District, and a ribbon-cutting with the Visalia Chamber of Commerce at 6 p.m.
The Respite House, known as “Al’s Place” in honor of Rotarian Al Fisher and “Sharon’s Place” in honor of Sharon Shannon, is two units, one with three bedrooms and two baths and one with two bedrooms and two baths, plus laundry rooms. The house is fully furnished and will be available for use at no charge by people whose loved one is hospitalized.
The house is made possible by contributions to the Visalia Rotary Community Foundation by Rotarians and community members. Rotarians have been searching for just the right house for several years, said Don Hutton, project manager and member of the Rotary Club of Visalia. The “right” house was found on the corner of Myrtle and Watson – an abandoned house offering close proximity to Kaweah Delta Medical Center.
Fred Scott designed the Respite House, BJ Perch Construction built the house, and many businesses and individuals have donated time, funds and services to make the house a possibility, Hutton added.
The grand opening is open to the public. For information, contact Don Hutton at 730-0476.