Saying Goodbye to Mr. Thomas E. Beachnau

We are so sorry to have to say goodbye to Thomas E. Beachnau.

It was truly our honor to serve Thomas and his family with respite care. Thomas kept a quiet and attentive demeanor while he attended the Adult Day Services program of Helping Hands Respite Care. He was a big sports fan and followed the Tigers, Lions, and Redwings. We were thrilled to hear about the love of his life, Dawn, who he met while they both worked at the Nip n Sip Restaurant.

Thomas was a big fan of games, he had a great memory and could be counted on to participate in games like Charades and Scattergories. He so loved coming to the ADS program that on the days that he was scheduled to attend he would get up extra early. He will be missed.
Our sympathies go to the whole Beachnau family during this time. We are grateful to Thomas Jr. for being a great advocate for Helping Hands Respite Care and for designating Helping Hands as the recipient for memorial gifts.

Remembering Bette Boutwell

Remembering Bette Boutwell, Bette show participating in music therapy

We are sad to say that Bette passed away on January 8th. She was 89, and we at Helping Hands Respite Care enjoyed her presence and participation in our Adult Day Services program since 2013. Bette had a very sweet nature and was always aware of others around her – she wanted to be sure that everyone she met felt comfortable.  We would also see her patting the hand of someone sitting next to her or offering words of encouragement to one of her friends at the center.

It was a real pleasure to have served Bette and her family, and an honor to be recognized as the organization to receive donations.  To make it easy for friends and family the button below will open an online, secure donation page.

If you feel more comfortable sending a check, our address is also listed below. Please be sure to make a note that your gift is in Bette’s memory so we may acknowledge you and notify the family as well.

Helping Hands Respite Care

201 Hillside Court

East Lansing, MI 48823