Gilda’s Club Western New York announced Tuesday it will merge with the Life Transitions Center at the Center for Hospice & Palliative Care.
A support group, Gilda’s Club formerly was an affiliate of the Cancer Support Community, its national licensing organization. However, the licensing agreement did not permit Gilda’s Club WNY to charge members for services, a business model that proved financially unsustainable, officials said.
Effective Jan. 1, Gilda’s Club WNY’s services will be combined with the Life Transitions Center, an affiliate at Hospice that provides counseling and information to individuals and their families dealing with death.
No employees will be affected, and services at the Gilda’s Club building at 1140 Delaware Ave. will continue under the Life Transitions Center name.
“Our ultimate goal is to provide better services to improve the network of support for those with progressive disease while being fiscally responsible,” Erica Reger, acting director of Gilda’s Club WNY, said in a prepared statement.
Reger said efforts are being made to meet with club members to examine possible changes in programs. The group’s website notes that a town hall meeting is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Nov. 27, in the club’s headquarters to discuss programming changes.
“Our research shows that there are some popular programs Gilda’s Club offers, while there are others that are rarely utilized,” she said.
Gilda’s Club WNY was founded in 2004 to offer free support for people with cancer and their families and friends. It already has ties to the Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, forming a partnership in 2010 that gave Gilda’s Club more time to solve financial challenges.