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We are too!  Maybe you’ve noticed that the economy is down (although hopefully, hopefully recovering) and costs are up, but one thing that never changes is how grateful we are to our volunteers!

Volunteers help mitigate the stress of climbing bills and shrinking funding opportunities.  They have saved us from the most dreaded of tasks (fixing computers) and provided the most needed of services (counseling, meals, chaplaincy, and more).  So here’s wishing a happy National Volunteer Week to the crew at the Respite.  We couldn’t do what we do without you!

According to the the nursing and admin staff, because of volunteers . . .

“Clients get a chance to really socialize and participate in fun activities”

“I don’t spend hours and hours fixing computers!”

“Our clients receive extra support, friendship, and care above and beyond our basic services.”

“Our clients are surrounded by friends and neighbors who really care.”

“We are able to provide homecooked meals, flowers, juggling and entertainment, even holiday gifts!”

“I’m closing the last gaps in my paperwork, which is amazing!”

We spend more one-on-one time with each client, which is inestimably valuable.  Without volunteers, I’d spend more time on paperwork and obstacles.  This way, we can really provide top-notch service and care.”

Thanks to everyone who donated time and talent this past year!

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Tomorrow is Thanksgiving!  And what could be more wonderful than a holiday with so much great food involved?  Even for me, an admittedly mediocre chef, friends, family and (admittedly again) food take center stage.  I quizzed all available staff and clients to put together a new “complete the phrase” activity about Thanksgiving.  The query was one with which you may be familiar . .

I’m thankful for .  .  .

. . .friends and family.

. . .that there is a place like Respite.

. . .opportunities.

. . .God*, who gave me another chance to start over here at the Respite, and new beginnings.

. . .the Lord who is watching over me, keeping me clean and sober, and who brought me here.

. . .blue skies and sunshine.

. . .that I have the Lord and for everything I have, although I hope some things will improve.

. . .faith, family, friends, food, forgiveness, and fudge.

Also, we’re thankful to our extended “family” of volunteers, donors, supporters, staff members, friends, board members, and those who follow us online or via newsletter.  Your support is incredible and we are incredibly thankful for it.  Happy Thanksgiving to all!

*The Respite is secular and we welcome a diverse set of men and women with varying beliefs and backgrounds.  The intention here is to let each client’s voice be heard, not to promote a particular belief system.

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