Time to Volunteer?

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Helping Hands Respite Care Needs Your Help

Do you have time to volunteer? The Respite House is a very special, long-standing program of Helping Hands Respite Care.  It is a small bungalow which is used nearly every weekend of the year for four children with disabilities to come together for a weekend sleepover under the supervision of Helping Hands Respite Care professional care providers.  The Weekend Respite House program is one of the most popular and always has a waiting list.  The families who are lovingly vigilant for their loved ones get the benefit of 48 hours respite in order to rest and rejuvenate.


The Respite House was established 22 years ago and at the time was modified for handicap accessibility.  A lot has changed in that time and very little has been done to update the Respite House. It is long over-due for a face-lift.  That is where you come in as a volunteer. While we have some professionals lined up to upgrade the bathroom and do some needed window replacements and carpentry projects, we have a long list of activities in which volunteers could participate.

So Much To Do – Time to Volunteer

We have 18 days beginning August 22nd through September 8th to complete the Respite House Face-lift. We have designated 7 days for volunteer activities.

Friday – August 26

Saturday – August 27

Friday – September 2

Saturday – September 3

Tuesday – September 6

Wednesday – September 7

Thursday – September 8


Each day has two four hour shifts (8am to Noon and 1pm to 5pm) – 1 hour for briefing and orientation at the Helping Hands administrative offices at 201 Hillside Court in East Lansing, and 3 hours of work at the Respite House (You will be supplied with the address and parking instructions at the briefing).  To learn more about this volunteer opportunity here is a link with more details on the project:    http://www.helpinghandsrespite.care/respite-house-face-lift/


If you are good with any of the following tasks you could be part of our team:

  • Breakdown/Clearing for new construction
  • Yard work, Cleaning, and Organizing
  • Cleaning and Preparation for Painting
  • Painting Interior Walls and Trim
  • Painting/Waterproofing Basement Walls and Floors
  • Painting Exterior Doors and Handicap Ramp
  • Minor Repair Work and/or Installation of Window Treatments
  • Moving in and installing appliances

Can’t Volunteer? You Can Still Help

Please note that we are still fund-raising for this project, there are many things we can do with added funds to enhance the environment and experience of the Respite House program for the participants. So, whether or not you are able or interested in volunteering, you can help us with a gift of support.  The link for online donations is www.gofundme.com/respitehouse   We have been blessed with a promise from McLaren Greater Lansing that gifts will be matched, so anything you can give will be multiplied.


If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to call Katie Donovan, Consultant to Helping Hands Respite Care 517-242-7355.



Respite House Face-Lift

Cassidy with a caregiver at Respite House

If you are familiar with Helping Hands Respite Care, you know that the Respite House is an important and valued way to provide real respite for families caring for a young person with disabilities. What you may not know is that it is long past time for a Respite House Face-Lift.

We are blessed to have the benefit of a small house owned by McLaren Greater Lansing and have been offering Respite House weekends for over 20 years. Last year we were able to replace the flooring in the living room and bedrooms. But now the kitchen and bathroom need major attention and all of the rooms need paint, decorating and window treatments.

 Respite House Kitchen

The kitMaking dough at the Respite Housechen, while spacious, definitely needs a face-lift. The appliances are all over 25 years old and quite frankly we are on borrowed time with the existing refrigerator – it has no handles is rusting around the edges and is not energy efficient. The garbage disposal is leaking, the cook-top has no knobs, and the oven doesn’t heat very well. We dream of all new appliances (refrigerator, microwave and vent hood, oven and cook-top) except for the dishwasher which we replaced last year. We would also love to see new durable hard surface flooring in the kitchen.


The bathroom is crumbling around the edges and the flooring is squishy. We would like to take this opportunity to make the shower a zero-entry-threshold, the shower enclosure tiled from floor to ceiling, and a durable hard-surface floor.

In the basement there is a washer/dryer pair of inefficient, rusted machines that chug through at least 10 loads of wash every weekend. It would be wonderful to replace those with high efficiency units. The basement does have a new heating and cooling system, but the walls could use some help with a waterproof sealant. When the new heating and cooling arrived the wiring was put in place for a generator. We would be over-the-moon if we could raise enough money to purchase and professionally install a generator.

Throughout the lower level of the Respite House we need fresh paint and window treatments (the kids are really hard on the window shades) and we could sure use a designer’s touch for homey touches like artwork, bedding, and furnishings.

Here is the Respite House Face-Lift Plan

Work like crazy to raise the funds (click the orange button to see our Go Fund Me campaign) to cover the costs of materials, appliances, and professional installation for the kitchen and bathroom projects. Hope we have enough remaining funds to go deeper on our wish list. And, we would love to find a dedicated team of volunteers to take on the project of painting and decorating. Currently our plan is to close the Respite House in late August and the first week(s) of September to complete all of the projects.

We need your help. Can we count you in?  You can help by forwarding the link to this blog post to your friends and social media contacts and round up a group of friends or associates to be part of a volunteer crew.

To learn more, call, John Stauffer, Executive Director at 517-372-6671