Respite Volunteer Training
April 2015
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     Providing a "Gift of Time" for 22 Years
1993 - 2015

Mission Statement

"A gift of time and caring support to
adults with persistent health needs, 
and their families

Respite Volunteers of Shiawassee is an interfaith non-profit agency which places trained volunteers with families who live in Shiawassee County,  Michigan. Volunteers provide friendly visits and help to adults with ongoing health needs, and respite to their family caregivers. 

Volunteers are asked to provide one to four hours companionship to the person who is ill. This gives the caregiver a much needed respite to: take a nap, go for a walk, grocery shop, meet friends for lunch, go to a doctor's appointment, run errands, or whatever will relieve their caregiving duties.  

Photo by Michael David-Lorne Jordan

What Does a Respite Volunteer Do?

Photo by M. David-Lorne Jordan

  • Provide companionship and emotional support

  • Provide a gift of time, rest and relief to the caregiver

  • Stay with the patient for short periods of time while the caregiver  runs errands, goes shopping, keeps appointments, etc

  • Help the patient with hobbies he or she enjoys

  • Bring some fun and friendship into someone's life 

Photos of some of the people who attended our annual meeting
and awards recognition dinner.  It was an enjoyable evening
for all of those who attended.
A heartfelt thank you to all who participated in our annual event.

2014 Recognition Awards

L to R: Jim and Donna Nault - "Volunteers of the Year Award" 
Dr. Robert Dahlgren - "The Sharon Rearick Philanthropic Award"
David Stechschulte Jr. - "Faith in Action Award"
Photo taken by George Nama

The Independent Newsgroup is the recipient of the "Respite Volunteer Community Award".
L to R: Helen Howard of Respite Volunteers
Ruth Nick of Respite Volunteers
Melissa Shepard of The Independent
Bill Constine of The Independent.
 Photo by Peggy Garikes

Mary Slingerland was honored with the "Respite Volunteers of Shiawassee Inspiration Award" and a "Certificate of Appreciation from the State of Michigan"
L to R: Jackie Hurd, Mary Slingerland, Helen Howard.
 Photo by Ruth Nick

David Lea was honored with the "Diz Clark - Respite Volunteer Church Liaison Award".
David is the Church Liaison for the Corunna First United Methodist Church, and
 has volunteered for the same family since 2008.
L to R: Helen Howard and David Lea
 Photo by Peggy Garikes 


Respite Volunteers
of Shiawassee
Fall Newsletter
October 2014
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Scrapbook of Photos
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Mark Your Calendar for These
Fund Raising Events

St. Patrick's Celebration
March, 13, 2015
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Spring Purse
Bingo Party
April 30, 2015
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Annual Golf Scramble
June 27, 2015
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Thank You Notes & Quotes
From Those We Serve

“Respite gives us a break from our loved one and just as importantly, our loved one a break from us as caregivers.”

“I moved my Grandma in with us after her post-surgery and her dementia was getting worse. I would never give up on her or put her anywhere. It helps that the volunteer makes me feel less alone in this though.”

“The volunteers have given me a few hours each week for myself, my patience level has
increased tremendously.”

Please consider a donation
so that we may continue to provide
our services of caring support to
adults with persistent health needs, 
and their families.
All donations to
Respite Volunteers of Shiawassee
are tax-deductible to the
extent of the allowable law

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