A Call to Action
Join Hands with Us
“What hast thou in the house?” This was the pivotal question Elisha asked the widow who had appealed to him for help. Her husband had died and her sons were about to be sold into bondage to pay their debts. The woman responded, "Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil." Elisha turned her thought to a deeper trust in God. He enabled her to understand that she already had all that she needed. To Elisha's inspired and prayerful thought the oil at hand was sufficient to meet the human need (II Kings 4:2-7). Mrs. Eddy's definition of oil underscores its deep spiritual significance in the Biblical account. "OIL. Consecration; charity; gentleness; prayer; heavenly inspiration" (Science & Health 592:25-26). One can see how such qualities of thought brought illumination to the circumstance.
Like the widow woman, High Ridge House is faced with a looming financial challenge.
As one of our friends, we are turning to you for prayerful and financial support.
As we communicated to you last year, Medicare’s auditors reclassified much of our 2010 Christian Science nursing and staff housing costs. This resulted in a demand to repay them $300,000 last fall. We were able to have Medicare reverse $100,000 of that decision and so repaid $200,000. Since we maintain that the entire reclassification is unjustified, we began a formal appeal process. While on appeal, Medicare is withholding an estimated $800,000 for the years 2010-2014, until the appeal is resolved. We were told this process could take several years.
Greater Need for Benevolence
For the last few years, we have continued to see an increasing need for benevolence (financial assistance) for our patients. Each year, patient requests for benevolence are between $150,000 and $200,000. This is above and beyond the amounts patients have paid from their insurance coverage and personal resources.
The combination of the Medicare challenge and the increased need for benevolence has nearly depleted our savings. Your support at this time helps us replenish our depleted assets and returns us to a more stable financial picture.
Through prayer and support from the field, we have faced and met financial challenges numerous times in our 67-year history. The results were Christian Science demonstrations! Our spiritual sense tells us that like our church, High Ridge House is founded on the rock of Christ healing and that it will withstand the storms. In this healing work that we are privileged to share, High Ridge House is dedicated to the success of this Manual-based Christian ministry “as a help that must be supplied to maintain the dignity and defense of our Cause” (Mis. 148:17).
Matching Funds Drive
We have received some generous gifts from donors towards a Matching Funds Drive. The Board and staff have already pledged contributions towards this Matching Funds Drive. Right now, your gift to the Matching Funds Drive can be doubled thanks to these individuals who will match dollar-for-dollar the first $ 40,000 donated by June 30, 2016.
If you have never given to High Ridge House before, would you consider making a first-time gift to support High Ridge House this year?
If you are already a current donor, your increased gift would be greatly appreciated.
Your financial commitment right now means that our vital services can continue unabated. We thank you in advance for your generous support. We welcome all gifts
• Via our website www.highridgehouse.org/contribute or
• By credit card by calling our Business Office at 718 796-4200 x202 or
• By mailing a check to:
High Ridge House
5959 Independence Avenue
Riverdale, NY 10471
Whether you are one of our cherished contributors, or a friend who has taken a pause, or someone just finding out about our work for the first time, we thank you for your support as High Ridge House continues its mission of helping those who rely solely on the healing power of God.
With love from all of us at High Ridge House,
Frances A. Hall, President, Marivic Mabanag
Board of Trustees Development Director