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Center For Respite Care, Inc.
July 5, 2013

Some unfortunate things happened to me recently which made me homeless, penniless, and in need of medical attention at the hospital. I had to have my toes on my left foot amputated because of an infection. During my 12 day stay in the hospital I was extremely depressed, nervous, anxious and had a feeling of hopelessness. I didn't know what would happen to me after I was released from the hospital.

I talked with a hospital social worker who told me of a place called "The Center for Respite Care" a homeless shelter for people who have medical issues. I agreed to fill out the paperwork to see if I was accepted there and I was.

On June 14, 2013, I left the hospital and was brought to the Respite Center. I was scared, nervous, and was running a gamut of emotions. My mind was put at ease when I met the staff. They made me feel welcome and told me not to worry, they would take care of me.

Here at Respite Care, you get three meals a day. Your meds are given to you by a nurse, your vitals are monitored, toiletries are furnished, bus tokens are provided as needed and if you need a ride for an appointment staff members will drive you there. The staff helps you get drivers license, social security card, birth certificate, cell phone, and medicines. If there are any costs Respite pays the fees.

I was in need of a pair of tennis shoes and one of the staff members took $50 out of her own pocket and paid for them. I was driven to a store by a staff member and got the shoes. I was humbled by the gesture and almost cried. It is as though God works thru the staff members. Also I was able to get a free eye exam and free eyeglasses with Respite's relationship with an eyeglass local. I needed these glasses in the worst way.

At Respite Care they have clothes that you can look through and take what you need. They also work with me and other clients filling out any forms for services I may need. One nurse brings in a home cooked meal once a month and her cooking is excellent and all of us appreciate it very much. The nurses and personal care assistants treat all of us with respect and give us individual attention whenever we need it.

There is also Dr. Donovan who comes in 4 or 5 times a week to take care of the clients and especially myself. In addition the staff finds you housing that fits your needs and preferences. They also assist you in finding jobs. To me, Respite Care is like a mini "heaven" I have no worries, I do not need money because there is no cost to the clients. I am no longer depressed, anxious or unhappy. I feel that I have been given a new start in life because of the Center for Respite Care.

I cannot thank the staff enough for all the TLC they bestow on me and the other clients. When I become healed and able to work again I will contribute to Respite Care by volunteering and donating $ or in anyway way that helps them succeed. Thanks again Respite Care and may God Bless your effort....Tim 7/3/13.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Client Served