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.

Please think of our office for Gift Shopping throughout the year. The following are available year round; Handmade Jewelry, Scarves, solar fleece socks, hats, 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 also. We have a huge selection of Mother’s Day cards.

Maybe you and friends and family would be willing to host a future Volunteer Workshop. 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.

This is our 25th Anniversary, Alicia Armstrong & Maureen Gilna 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 and Dr. Dan & Susan Cardwell.

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 are beginning a new chapter, opening their Assisted Living facility; Wildwoods Assisted Living in Corunna.

Our Rock-a-thon for Respite is Wed. Aug. 8th from 10am to 1pm at the Shiawassee Family YMCA. Dominos Pizza is providing lunch. Please consider if you could be a “Rocker for Respite” this year. We can provide you with draft letters &/or e-mail messages to send to friends and family to request donations be sent to Respite Volunteers in your honor. Prizes are given to the rocker who has the most donations received, highest count of donors, and the donor farthest away. Please call us for more info, or stop by our office. Our current “Rockers for Respite” are Pat Elliott, Donna Nault, Anita Karianen, Paula Harris, Donna Fruchey, Stasia Reyna, Jackie Hurd, Ruth Nick, Peggy Garikes, Helen Howard, & possibly more.We need more please.

Hemenway Business Services/H & R Block was our Event Sponsor. Our Golf Scramble was at Corunna Hills Golf Course, for the July 28th event. Look for the date for 2019. Let us know if you’d like to commit to a sponsorship in 2019. For a full list of all our 2018 Golf Sponsors, please see our "Home" page on the website.Thank you!

We would greatly appreciate help maintaining our lawn and flower gardens, and picking up sticks.

Please start collecting your Spartan Stores receipts (this includes VG’s receipts). Some Spartan stores are once again offering to donate to nonprofits, once the receipts total $150,000. We already have $14,428, so we are on our way. Thank you! 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


$1000 25th Anniversary Sponsors

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


Sponsor a Respite Family $450

Locations and hosts or hostesses for our Volunteer Trainings –August, Sept, Oct….

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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