Three years after former Greene County Sheriff Scott Haas suffered a massive hemorrhagic stroke, the Haas’ have begun a four- to six-week outpatient program in Georgia. A benefit concert will be held this Sunday to offset expenses for the family.
Scott’s wife of 39 years, Carol Haas, says after he suffered the stroke in March 2016 the family was at a loss on what to do.
“There’s not really a straight path for people who’ve had strokes as far as when they come home from the hospital,” she said. “That’s something that we’ve just kind of been feeling our way through.”
Scott Hass, 61, who served as sheriff from 2004-11, was hospitalized for four months and has done a series of both in- and out-patient rehabilitation. Carol Haas found the Shepherd Pathways Rehabilitation Center in Georgia after searching for an intensive rehab center. The family hopes he will regain more independence.
“After looking around here for the intensive rehab we were looking at for him, that seemed to be the closest place to go,” Carol said. “We’re hoping and praying for a miracle that he’ll fully recover, but any increase in his independence is a win for us.”
Through it all, Carol Haas says her husband hasn’t lost his sense of humor.
“He is not a person who gives up. He continues to give his all,” she said. “His sense of humor keeps us going and motivated to continue to recover. We’re not sitting still and he does make improvements every week and every month. They are small, and we’re patient, but that’s what keeps us going.”
The rehab will be mostly covered by insurance, but the family will pay out-of-pocket for housing, food and renting a handicap-accessible van for the trip. The benefit concert, put on by Stanardsville United Methodist Church where the Haases attend, is an effort to offset those expenses.
“Our church has been terrific from the first night that Scott went in the hospital. The family has been totally committed, but without the support of other family members, church and community we would be nowhere. I think without that support it’s very difficult to deal with this kind of situation,” she said.
Another group that has been supportive of the family is the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, she noted, who still invites the family to activities in the community.
“He gave eight years of his life here to the county and 32 years of his life to public service,” current Greene County Sheriff Steve Smith said. “He’s still part of the family.”
Scott Haas began therapy on April 2. While the couple is unable to attend the April 7 concert, they are grateful for the support, Carol added.
The benefit concert will take place on Sunday, April 7 from 3-6 p.m. in the performing arts center at William Monroe High School. The Deanes, The Churchmen and Tommy Wood are scheduled to perform. Free-will donations will be collected at the event, and checks may be made out to Stanardsville UMC and mailed to P.O. Box 740, Stanardsville, VA 22973.
“Our reason for going to Atlanta and continuing after that is that we want Scott to have access to the best and most current therapy that is available in order for him to gain as much independence as possible,” Carol Haas said. “To become an active participant again with his family, church and community – that’s our big goal.”