---by Tom Fodor, Executive Director CEO
Paul Fouts, Jr. passed away recently after a short illness. He's pictured here in 2013 with fellow VNS Foundation Board members Andy Mattingly (at left) and Tanya Scott. This photo shows him in the background but that wasn't Paul Fouts! He was always out front, making sure that a newly independent Foundation (which was renamed Morning Light in 2014) was poised to deliver on its community promise to provide free residential hospice care!
He became an evangelist for our Abbie Hunt Bryce Home in many ways, always ensuring that the Visiting Nurse Service, which founded the Home in 2004, was giving the program the attention and resources it needed. When Morning Light assumed oversight, he wrote the first check that launched the Commitment Circle for top annual donors. When staff created an elaborate rating system to hire our first outside accounting partner, he brought the proceedings to an immediate halt. One firm out of the eight prospects clearly had the lowest and best bid so he called for a vote. He apparently didn't want to waste time he valued. Not when it could be spent dropping by the Home or leaving the winter behind for his southern retreat!
As Treasurer he made sure that everyone knew we might be spending too much cash. However, he balanced that observation with sound advice on how the organization could best use investments to support operations. We had no idea that Morning Light was entitled to receive annual developer fees from our Pennwood Place senior apartments until he asked the right questions. He literally kept asking –and asking- until we got the answer!
By the way that first Commitment Circle check he wrote formed the basis for the forty or so $1,000 contributions we annually receive from Commitment Circle members. And now, upon his passing, he and his family identified Morning Light to receive memorial gifts. This latest generosity proves what many already knew: There may be no end to Paul Fouts Jr.'s love for The Abbie Hunt Bryce Home and for those it continues to serve!
Abbie Hunt Bryce Home residents are always in need of food and other household and living supplies. If you wish to donate, contact the Home at 317.860.0484.
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