A letter From Helen:



Helen Howard, RN - Executive Director

Photo by: George Nama

Dear Friends of Respite Volunteers,

There are multiple ways that you can help sustain our program, so that we may continue to serve persons asking for our help. The following describe ways that you can help our program serve your family and other caregiving families.


Respite Volunteer workshop scheduled.

The next Respite Volunteer workshop is scheduled: Tues., Jan. 28, 2018 from 10 am-2 pm at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Corunna. Our program needs a site for the Feb. & March 2018 training workshops. Church Sunday School rooms are usually ideal, and if possible access to a TV & DVD player and access to the church kitchen for lunch is also greatly appreciated. Give us a call if you & your friends & family could host a Respite Volunteer training workshop at your church.


Please think of our office for Gift Shopping throughout the year. The following are available year round; Handmade Jewelry, Scarves, solar fleece women’s socks, hats, unique handcrafted Greeting cards including DaySpring and Hallmark cards, Vintage Glassware, Teapots, Mary Ellen Geist’s book Measure of the Heart, Maureen Gilna’s book Be Not Afraid, In the Presence of His Light, Cake Pedestals, Fidget Aprons, framed art by Susan McGuire, and Brian McGuire, crocheted dish clothes, and prayer shawls and throws in many colors. We have Holiday and Birthday Greeting Cards for Husband, Wife, Son, Niece, children’s, Grand children’s, Grandparent’s birthdays etc.

We thank everyone who donated toward the Fall Purse Party Bingo, in Oct. The Spring Purse Party Bingo will be Thurs. April 19th at the Knights of Columbus, tickets will be available about 1 month prior to the event. It is an Adult Only Event, NO children please. Call for more info. Seating is limited to 300 persons.


Thank you to Shiawassee Family YMCA, Laura Burroughs, Allie Tepper, Abby Tepper, Donna Kanan, Stretch, and their many friends for partnering with Respite Volunteers for the Harry Potter Festival –Owosso. Thank you also to the many guests at the events, and the following sponsors: Drs. Aurand & LaForest, OB/GYN, CLH Insurance Agency, HK Allen Paper, Imageline, Memorial Pediatric Clinic, Paul Davis Restoration, and the many businesses that were sites on the scavenger hunt.


Our Golf Scramble was Sat. July 29th at Corunna Hills. We wish to thank our Major Sponsors; Memorial Healthcare, Jackie Hurd and Hemenway Business Service, Inc. For the entire list of sponsors, please see our facebook page. The event is likely to be Sat. July 28th in 2018.


Thank you very much to 100 Plus Women Who Care of Greater Owosso for choosing Respite Volunteers as the recipient of the May 2017 donation of $20,750 to continue to sustain our program. We are very grateful for this amazing donation.


We thank everyone who donated toward the Rock-a-thon. It was a huge success and loads of fun. We have received $9,500 thus far.


We would greatly appreciate help shoveling the walkways in the winter, and picking up sticks. We thank Bennie Pullen & friends, & Justin Giffei for the fall yard clean up days.



Please start collecting your Spartan Stores receipts (In Michigan this includes VG’s, D&W Fresh Market, Family Fare Supermarkets, Forest Hills Foods and ValuLand). The stores are once again offering to donate to nonprofits, once the receipts total $150,000. For details click on link.

Also there is the Kroger Community Rewards program to donate a portion of your total purchase to Respite Volunteers. Please register online at www.krogercommunityrewards.com. You will need to enter our Kroger non-profit number: 82422. We have been notified that you will NOT need to reapply every year. You may call the number on the back of your Kroger card, and ask for your donations to be designated to Respite Volunteers.

Our Comfort Cookbook’s are on sale for $10.00, and are perfect for college students, Wedding Showers, and special birthday and anniversary gifts. Comfort Cookbooks are available at the following locations: Elliott’s Family Hairstyling, Andrews Hooper Pavlik PLC, and our office all in Owosso, 401 Restaurant in Corunna.


Annual Membership donations are accepted at any time. The cost to the program of recruiting, and training volunteers, completing the new patient/family caregiver and basic home safety assessment, providing patient and family caregiver education, keeping up to date on all the options for senior and healthcare services, so that we may provide this information to patients, matching an appropriate volunteer and supervising that volunteer, and program costs for a year is $450. If your family is receiving Respite Volunteer services, we hope you will consider donating and asking your extended family members to make donations to cover or partially cover the $450 expense to provide services to your family for the coming year.


You may know that Respite Volunteers was the recipient of a beautiful RV Motor Home, that we were able to show and actually sell in December of 2010. So please remember Respite Volunteers in estate planning, and for large donations. We are also encouraging donations to the Gweneth Osborne Endowment for Respite Volunteers of Shiawassee through the Shiawassee Community Foundation.


Thank you so much for helping our program continue to serve.


Helen Howard RN, Executive Director


WISH LIST

Need help trimming bushes

Need help cleaning out roof valleys and gutters

Sponsor a Respite Family $450

Locations and hosts or hostesses for our Volunteer Trainings –Feb. & March….

Plain White Copy Paper

Volunteer Training Meal Sponsor $40 or to please supply & prepare and serve the food

#10 & # 9 Plain White Envelopes, 3 5/8 in x 6 ½ in Envelopes

Postage Stamps, paper products, standard or energy efficient light bulbs

Heavy duty three (3) hole punch with 20 sheet capacity or more

Retail Gift Cards to Purchase Office Supplies, and Building Maintenance Supplies;

Gift Cards or Gift Certificates from:

Home Depot, Gilbert’s, Springrove, WalMart, Meijer, Lamphere’s

Help with Building Maintenance

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