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Please click on the link below to watch a quick video about the Abbie Hunt Bryce Home and the services they offer:

In July 2004 the Abbie Hunt Bryce Home welcomed its first resident and began a unique and needed mission to provide a loving home for people who are terminally ill and without financial resources.

VNS and the VNS Foundation began this project in 2000 after hospice nurses were sent to provide care to people living under bridges and in abandoned cars.

Along with a group of concerned Indianapolis community volunteers, we recognized the need to create a home that addresses the needs of the dying poor. The Abbie Hunt Bryce Home was built to allow its residents to live the last chapter of their lives in dignity.

The Abbie Hunt Bryce Home is not a nursing home, hospice, or medical facility. Rather, it is truly a home - a unique place with a unique mission.

The home serves persons who are terminally ill, without cost to them or regard to gender, race religion or national origin. The home serves individuals who need an available caregiver, who have limited or no financial resources, and are in need of special home care in the final stages of life. A combination of trained caregivers and volunteers provides spiritual, emotional and physical support with the assistance of Hospice providers.

“The Abbie Hunt Bryce Home 'becomes home' for our residents," says Renita Johnson, Residence Administrator for The Abbie Hunt Bryce Home. “Residents feel safe,cared for and at peace knowing that they will be provided for both day and night. If homeless, desitute, and in need of continuity of care, The Abbie Hunt Bryce Home is the ultimate place to be.”

The home was created by the VNS Foundation out of a sense of commitment to the Indianapolis community as well as its determination to fulfill the VNS mission of “…delivering quality, community based and health-related services that promote independence, wellness and family integrity”. In 1913 VNS was created out of an identified community need and through the courage and commitment of our founder, Abbie Hunt Bryce and her colleagues.

The Abbie Hunt Bryce Home offers its residents:

    • Accommodations for twelve residents in private rooms with semi-private baths, kitchen facilities, living rooms, activity rooms and family room space
    • A trained staff and volunteers providing emotional, physical, and spiritual support to each resident around the clock
    • Medical assistance from community Hospice teams
    • Full collaboration with other providers of homeless services in the community to avoid duplications and promote cooperation for the care of the dying poor
    • Leadership by a committed group of community volunteers dedicated to providing the means necessary to carry out our mission

Staff at the Abbie Hunt Bryce Home include the administrator, the home manager, and several home assistants. Funding support for the Abbie Hunt Bryce Home is provided by the VNS Foundation and an endowment built by the generosity of individuals, foundations and corporations - Click here to find out how to donate.

Volunteers play an integral role in the day-to-day operation of the home. At least 35 volunteers per week are working at the home with a total volunteer force of 60. The needs of the residents are met in many ways including:

  • Answering the Phone
  • Visitor reception
  • Ongoing community communications (thank you notes, mailings)
  • Landscaping & garden maintenance
  • Transportation
  • Meal Preparation
  • Laundry
  • Resident room care
  • Common area care
  • Holiday decoration
  • Activities with Residents
  • Spiritual listening
  • Providing creative outlooks, such as art classes