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.

The next Volunteer Training is planned for Wed. Aug. 23rd in the Father Whelen Room at St. Paul Catholic Church in Owosso. Coffee & tea and a snack in the morning and a light meal will be provided at lunch for potential volunteers attending. Additional locations and hosts &/or hostesses are needed for 2017 Volunteer Training, 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 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 also have Patriotic cards for Labor Day.

The Golf Scramble is set for Sat. July 29th at Corunna Hills. The Event Sponsorship of $1000 is still open, as are Major Sponsors-$500, and other Event Sponsorships. So far both Memorial Healthcare and Jackie Hurd are Major Sponsors for the event. The event is limited to 18 teams, we already have about 7 teams. $160. per team, or $40 per person. Registration starts at 8 am, shot gun start at 9 am, coffee, rolls, and fruit available in the morning, lunch provided. We are currently seeking golf related items for the raffle also. We anticipate we will be able to start selling raffle tickets one month prior to the event. Raffle donations so far include; 2-NBC25 Golf Cards to 35 golf courses, Shiawassee Family YMCA 1 yr. adult membership, Grand Traverse Resort & Spa ~ Spruce Run Golf Course 1-18 hole round, gift certificate for golf for four at The Owosso Country Club, and golf for four and a cart at The Emerald, framed photograph by George Nama, and much more.

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 Spring Purse Party Bingo, which was on April 20th, our Fall Purse Party Bingo will be Thurs. Oct. 19th at the Knights of Columbus, tickets are likely to be available a month prior to the event. It is an Adult Only Event, NO children please. Call for more info. Seating is limited to 300 persons.

We would greatly appreciate help with maintaining our flower gardens at our office, picking up sticks, setting out the deck furniture this spring. We are also hoping someone to help us re-secure the wood at the bottom of the decking where the privacy fence is, so we don’t loose that privacy fence. Need a couple guys, and some huge nails or screws or a section of wood to give it more stability.

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.

We now have the Roma’s Back Door Fundraising Cards. Please pick up a card at our office (which is coded for donations back to Respite Volunteers) register on line as the card indicates, present the card when you order at Roma’s Bake Door Restaurant, and a donation is given to Respite Volunteers by Roma’s at no additional cost to you.

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.

Helen Howard RN, Executive Director


Sponsor a Respite Family $450

Locations and hosts for our Volunteer Trainings – Oct. Nov., & Dec

Golf Scramble Raffle donations –golf themed items preferred

Plain White Copy Paper

Flash drives

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

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

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