A letter From Helen:

Helen Howard, RN - Executive Director

Photo by: George Nama

April 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.

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 greeting cards for individual family members, special cards for persons in the service, and Birthday Cards also.

The Spring Purse Party Bingo is set for Thurs. May 2nd, and tickets are already available at or office, M-F, 8am-4pm. Tickets are $15 in advance, or $20 the day of the event, if tickets are still available.

Hemenway Business Services/H & R Block will once again be the Event Sponsor for our Golf Scramble at Corunna Hills Golf Course. The date for the event this year is Sat. July 20th. Let us know if you would like to commit to a sponsorship in 2019.

We are seeking help with our upcoming fundraisers this year; Spring Purse Party Bingo, Golf Scramble, Rock-a-thon for Respite, Fall Purse Party Bingo, and Giving Tuesday. You can create facebook fundraisers for Respite too, especially for the Rock-a-thon for Respite and Giving Tuesday, no matter where you live.Call our office, for more information.

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. We are currently receiving donations in response to our Spring/Summer Newsletter, which is also on line, on our website.

Please see ongoing posts about the partnership with Cook Family Foundation, United Way of Genesee County (serving Shiawassee County), & Shiawassee Community Foundation for all the support & help with both the Giving Tuesday initiative #raiseUPshiawassee,

We thank David Stechschulte Jr., 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 spring day, we need help cleaning out the gutters & downspouts on the top level, and we always need help keeping the roof valleys, gutters and downspouts cleared out. We love the shade trees here, but they provide work that we need help with too.

Please start collecting your Spartan Stores receipts (this includes VG’s receipts). Some Spartan stores are once again offering to donate $1,000 to nonprofits, once the receipts total $150,000. Only $117,274. 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 – 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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