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