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. Tickets are available now for our Fall Purse Party Bingo event Thurs. Oct. 18th at the Knights of Columbus, Owosso. Doors open at 5:45 pm, Games start at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $15, and on sale at the Respite Volunteers of Shiawassee office M-F 8:30-3 pm. For each game, there is a specific purse, with a retail value of at least $45 that is the prize. Snacks, drinks, tie breaker prizes, and door prizes available.This is an Adult Only event. Tickets are $20, the day of the event, if still available.


This is our 25th Anniversary. Alicia Armstrong, Maureen Gilna, Ellen McKay, Sister Mary Pung, Katie Florian, and others started our program in 1993. This November we will celebrate our 25th Anniversary at D’Mar, for our Annual meeting & Awards. Former board member, April Garrison will be our keynote speaker. To help with program expenses this year, we are asking for 25 - $1000 Sponsorships. $1000 25th Anniversary Sponsorships received so far are from: Carol Nama, Jackie Hurd, Greg & Karen Bontrager, Dr. Daniel & Susan Cardwell, and an anonymous donor also. Volunteers and Members are invited to attend. Please call if you can attend, to reserve a space at the event. 989-725-1127.


Please think of our office for Gift Shopping throughout the year. The following are available year round; Handmade Jewelry, Scarves, unique handcrafted Greeting cards, also 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, colorful prayer shawls and throws. We have Birthday Greeting Cards for family members, special cards for persons in the service also.


Thank you to everyone who donated toward our Rock-a-thon for Respite which was held at the Shiawassee Family YMCA. Through all the donations in honor of their favorite “Rocker for Respite” (our volunteers), the event has brought in over $8,300 in donations, to fund continued services here in our county. We thank Domino’s Pizza is providing the lunch, Karl Schmidtfranz and Virginia Gastin for keeping us entertained, and David Stechschulte Jr. for providing the canopy. Donna Nault was again our leading Rocker for Respite, with Pat Elliott, Peggy Garikes & Ruth Nick coming in close.


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.


This year, Care N Assist was again a $2000 Event Sponsor for our St. Patrick’s Party. We thank Care N Assist for doing this again this year, and wish them well as they have begun a new chapter, opening their Assisted Living facility; Wildwoods Assisted Living on Parmenter Rd. just outside of Corunna city limits near Johnny V’s Smokehouse restaurant.


We are asking for help with our yard and flower beds. 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. We currently need help staining the deck that has already been power washed by DayStarr employees, cleaning out the roof valleys, gutters & downspouts again, and cleaning and organizing the garage and the medical equipment stored there, (which is free to persons and caregiving families needing the equipment).


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. 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


WISH LIST

$1000 25th Anniversary Sponsors to fund continued services to persons & caregiving families here in Shiawassee County

($1000 Sponsors so far: Carol Nama, Jackie Hurd, Greg & Karen Bontrager, Dr. Daniel & Susan Cardwell, & Anonymous)

Sponsor a Respite Family $450

Locations and hosts or hostesses for our Volunteer Trainings –Oct. Nov….

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

Sign In