A letter From Helen:

Helen Howard, RN - Executive Director

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January 2019

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.

We expect our next scheduled Volunteer Training to be in mid to late February at the First Congregational Church in Owosso. More info to follow. We also will schedule Volunteer Trainings at mutually convenient times, if someone doesn't want to wait for the next scheduled training.

Please think of our office for your Gift Shopping throughout the year. The following are available year round; Handmade Jewelry, Scarves, unique handcrafted Greeting 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, Fidget Aprons, framed art by Susan McGuire, and Brian McGuire, crocheted dish clothes, colorful prayer shawls and throws. We have Hallmark, Gibson & DaySpring Valentine’s Day Greeting Cards for individual family members, special cards for persons in the service, and Birthday Cards also.

This year, Care N Assist, Betty Janego, and Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes are all $500 Pot of Gold Sponsors for our St. Patrick’s Party. The event is Fri. March 15th at D’Mar, and we are seeking sponsorships. We are seeking additional sponsors & donations toward the Live Auction & Canned Raffle. The event is at D’Mar on N. M-52. Individual tickets are likely to be available mid Jan. & are $35.

The Spring Purse Party Bingo is set for Thurs. May 2nd, and tickets are likely to be available the end of March/beginning of April.

Hemenway Business Services/H & R Block was our Event Sponsor for our Golf Scramble in 2018 at Corunna Hills Golf Course, July 28th event. Look for the date for 2019. Let us know if you’d like to commit to a sponsorship in 2019.

We thank you for the many Christmas and End of the Year donations, including the very generous donation in memory of our former volunteer Elizabeth Smith of Durand. Thank you also for all the Giving Tuesday (always the Tues. after Thanksgiving) donations. Thank you to the Cook Family Foundation, Lorraine Austin, United Way of Genesee County (serving Shiawassee County), & Shiawassee Community Foundation for all the support & help with both the Giving Tuesday initiative #raiseUPshiawassee, & the Find Your Nonprofit Soulmate(s) event at the Armory at the Shiawassee Regional Chamber of Commerce.

We are asking for help with clearing our snow on the deck, handicapped accessible parking lot, and walkways for mail delivery this winter. We thank DayStarr Employees, Bennie Pullen, Harry Wilson, Justin Giffei, Baker College Human Services Students and the Compassion Team of Owosso First Church of the Nazarene for all their help already. On a warm day, we need help cleaning out the roof valleys, gutters & downspouts again.

Some Spartan stores are once again offering to donate $1,000 to nonprofits, once the receipts total $150,000. We already have receipts that are a value of $25,826., so we are well on our way. Only $124,174. to go. Thank 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. 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.

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.

We are giving away the medical equipment stored in our garage & basement to persons and families that need this equipment, including a Hoyer lift, small shower chairs, wheel chairs, commode, walkers, crutches.

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

Helen Howard RN, Executive Director


Sponsor a Respite Family $450

Locations and hosts or hostesses for our Volunteer Trainings –March, April.….

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

Large Cooler on wheels

Canopy/Awning for Events

Need help cleaning out roof valleys and gutters

Help with Building Maintenance

Plain White Copy Paper

#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

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