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Ed L
6339 Wahl Road
(South Whidbey Island)
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Progress at Enso House

the project

Enso House is an Adult Family Home on Whidbey Island, about thirty miles north of Seattle, Washington that provides care for terminally ill patients and support for their loved ones. Founded fourteen years ago by zen buddhist students and local volunteers, Enso House is run by volunteers under the direction of our Medical Director, Dr. Ann Cutcher, herself a volunteer. Our source of operating funds comes primarily through donations.

Volunteer caregivers reside in a living space in Enso House's basement. The living space is dreary, with little natural light and a 1970's style bathroom that is in need of significant renovation.

We have decided to undertake a remodeling project to upgrade the space for our volunteers, without whom we could not exist. 

the steps

Architectural plans have been drawn up and agreed upon. Volunteers will assist with demo of the existing space and hauling. Renovation will likely take 6 weeks to two months.

why we're doing it

Enso House recognizes the challenging work of providing end of life care to our patients, and we rely on volunteer nurses and nursing assistants to provide care. We believe that taking good care of our volunteers is crucial to our ability to recruit and retain qualified professionals. An adequate, pleasant living space is fundamental to this.


Disbursement Budget (as of 11.28.16):

RAISED = $3,885.00
 less ioby Platform Fee  $35.00
less ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $112.14

Original Budget:

Labor costs: $16,000

(painting, plumbing, demo, flooring, electrical, construction, etc)

Material costs: $12,000
(including disposal, contractor, permitting and taxes)

The estimated total cost of this project, labor and materials is $28,000. I have chosen to set my ioby goal at $10,000.

SUBTOTAL = $10,000
ioby Platform Fee  $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $300
TOTAL TO RAISE = $10,335


Progress at Enso House

Dear ioby,

The attached photos show the progress that our project has made thanks to the funding which you helped generate. We have used the money to modify the infrastructure needed to support the remodeling of our staff quarters.

1. We have replaced the oil burning furnace with a state of the art energy saving industrial water heater. $2584 materials and labor 

2. We have removed wall to wall carpeting from the laundry room and treated the floor and walls for mold. The concrete pad was then sanded and painted. $374 materials labor $200. 

3. The remaining money in the ioby account will be used to continue the slow but steady refurbishment of the staff quarters. 

Many, many thanks!! 

Ann Cutcher, Director 

Enso House 


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