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IDA, ARCH Hospice partner to support end-of-life care

Donations at this time are more important than ever, says ARCH
2020-05-15 IDA Owners
Your, IDA Pharmacy team, from left to right: Joe Greco Sr. (general manager), Sam DeSumma (partner), Joe Greco Jr. (partner), Mark Febbraro (partner) and Frank Perna (partner). Photo supplied

Locally owned and operated, IDA has recently partnered with ARCH to provide support where it’s needed. ARCH Hospice is grateful for their dedication to our community. As an ARCH partner, IDA’s support means that they are helping keep families close when it matters most.

“IDA has been able to assist ARCH in several ways lately,” shares Joe Greco, one of the partners at IDA. “We’ve purchased new foam mattresses for the pull-out sofas in the resident rooms, we’ve helped with some printing costs, and we’ve also sponsored The Great Bucket List Ball. The Ball is paused right now due to COVID-19, but we’re excited to help support and attend this event once we have a better idea of the future.”

Sam DeSumma, an owner and a pharmacist at the Market Mall location, shares how the stores have always been about family and community, “IDA is a family-run company, we work for each other, and with each other, and for the people that come into this store. I greet my customers by name and we chat about their kids or grandkids. They can count on us.”

“This means so much during this time,” added Lee Rendell, manager of fund development at ARCH Hospice. “With donations down, and events being postponed or cancelled, it’s really reassuring seeing our community and partners like IDA step up to help.”  

Since the hospice is only partially government funded, donors like IDA are what keep the lights on, food in resident’s bellies, and comfortable spaces to create final memories.

“We’re all going to need to count on ARCH services someday in some form or another,” Joe describes. “That’s why we think it’s important to support ARCH and make sure it’s there for our customers, our community, and our families.”

ARCH Hospice provides quality, compassionate care through end-of-life to Algoma District families at no cost. The emotional, spiritual, and physical comfort of residents and their loved ones is our highest priority. The Hospice offers a home-away-from-home during one of life’s most important moments: the end-of-life journey. ARCH Hospice is only partially government funded, requiring over $850,000 annually in community support as well as the generosity of over 140 volunteers to provide our services to the community.