There are many wonderful opportunities to support the Evelyn D. Reinhart Guest House during the holiday season. Here are a few of our upcoming community events!
Nickels for Nonprofits!
Each time you shop at Whole Foods Market between November 20 and December 17 with your reusable bags, you can donate your 5 cent bag credit to support the Reinhart Guest House and their efforts to provide a “home away from home” for patients’ families.
Join us on November 28 from 5:30-7:30pm for an EXCLUSIVE SHOPPING event supporting the Reinhart Guest House. Our gracious host Chesapeake Bank will open their bank doors for a pre-holiday shopping event. Retail vendors include Casey Freeman Pottery, India Hicks, Color Street Nails, W by Worth, Cameron Hackett Art, Shabby Chic Designs, and Sweet Dreams! Enjoy sips, bites, and stress free holiday shopping with a positive outcome!
Holiday Open House and Christmas festivities!
Save the date for our Holiday Open House on December 14 from 5-7pm! We will have carolers, a wreath auction (more info in the photo below about how to donate wreaths for this!), and much more! Oh, and did we mention Santa and Mrs. Claus will be flying in for this?! We can’t wait to celebrate the holidays with you!
In this season of Thanksgiving and always, we are grateful for the amazing volunteers who help turn the Reinhart House into a home for our families during their time with us. This past week we have had some incredible volunteers come through bringing meals for our families, making cards, and helping with some cleaning too. We appreciate your support of our ministry so much!
On Monday the wonderful employees from Bank of America stopped by with dinner for our families. Bank of America employees bring dinner once a month to the guest house! Incredible!
On Tuesday our friends from St Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church brought a delicious Greek dinner for our families. This wonderful church also comes once a month to feed our families. We love having you all!
Wednesday morning brought more returning volunteers. Students from the Steward School come each week to make breakfast for our families. What a great group of students!
Students from St Bridgets School stopped by on Wednesday afternoon to help with some cleaning around the house. They also baked cookies and made some wonderful cards to put on the guest beds. Our families appreciate these notes so much.
It was breakfast for dinner on Wednesday night with a feast prepared by the wonderful ladies from the Telecommunications Department at St Marys Hospital. We always enjoy having these ladies at the house!
Students from Glen Allen High School came by Thursday night and brought dinner for our families. These boys have been coming once a month since we opened the house in 2014!!
The meals mean so much to our families. A note from one family after a recent dinner: “Truly a blessing, not to wonder or worry of where to eat instead of the hospital cafe or out somewhere. Cheerful voices and smiles bringing some joy to what is happening at the hospital with my daughter. Thank you.”
This is an excerpt of a note that was left by a guest in our journal over the weekend:
“Saturday, Nov 11, 2017
The Reinhart House of Angels. You all have given my husband and me a sense of peace when we didn’t have any. I feel like you have helped me to breathe when I felt like I couldn’t. It’s difficult to put into words our gratitude and appreciation for this place. This is the hardest thing we’ve ever been through. It’s unimaginable. Thank you for everything! We are forever grateful and love you all!”
Another family wrote:
“Heading for home this afternoon. We (my wife and grandson) had the pleasure to stay at the Reinhart House while our daughter was recovering from surgery. What gracious hosts and a beautiful place to stay. We will always think graciously and speak highly of the staff here at Reinhart House. Saying thank you is not enough.”
Comments Off on Volunteer Spotlight: Christine Watt
Thank you to Carreras Jewelers for helping us honor one of our wonderful volunteers! Since her first day in June 2016, Christine has delivered her very special brand of comfort and support that is truly one with Bon Secours. As a prominent radiologist with a distinguished career, Christine certainly has a unique understanding of both sides, especially understanding the stress families endure when a loved one receives a difficult diagnosis. Christine may be small in stature, but her larger than life personality, heart, and commitment have endless capacity! She will take on any task regardless of how complex or time consuming, always exhibiting positivity and an eagerness to take on more. We are grateful for her friendship and clear desire to make this home the best it can possibly be to all we serve. Christine’s activities are as varied as her skills, and they include: answering the Guest House phone with her lovely English accent, being the face of our mission for every new guest and visitor, writing beautiful notes to every departed guest, light housekeeping, administrative projects, guest services, and much more. We could not do what we do without her. Thank you, Christine, for your dedication to our community! Congratulations again on this wonderful recognition, it is well deserved!
Bottled water and other individual drinks (juice boxes, milk, gatorade, etc)
$10 gift cards (Target, gas, Visa, Kroger, etc)
Did you know you can get items delivered directly to the guest house? Shop our wish list on Amazon by clicking here, or search for our email address firstname.lastname@example.org to view the wish list. Use Amazon Smile and select Bon Secours Health Care Foundation as your charity of choice and proceeds from your order will benefit the Reinhart Guest House!
Thank you all so much for the support, we appreciate it!!
Comments Off on What an incredible week of meals and volunteer activities!
The Reinhart Guest House was blessed with more than 50 volunteers at the house last week! These volunteers made meals, did projects, decorated pumpkins, and baked cookies for our families. We appreciate the support so much!! Good help really does feel like home.
On Monday, October 16, our friends from Bank of America returned to the guest house for their monthly visit with a delicious Barbecue dinner.
Tuesday came with a full house and a delicious meal from Saint Constantine and Helen Greek Church. All our families were so appreciative of the home cooked meals after long stressful days at the hospital.
Students from The Steward School made breakfast for our families on Wednesday morning. What a treat this weekly breakfast is!
We got in the Halloween spirit with some treats for our families thanks to Owens and Minor Young Professionals.
The wonderful team from Critical Care Transport at St Marys made a delicious feast for our families on Wednesday night. Our guests loved the variety and enjoyed chatting with the volunteers.
Four wonderful nurses from St. Marys NICU made a delicious chili dinner for our families on Thursday.
Middle school students from St Bridgets School stopped by the guest house on Friday morning for their service day decorating adorable pumpkins and baking cookies for our families. The pumpkins are wonderful decorations around the house, everyone loves them!
Finishing up the week of incredible volunteers, the wonderful sisters from Tri Delta Sorority at University of Richmond made a taco dinner for our families on Friday night.
To see more pictures from these wonderful volunteer groups, visit our Facebook and Instagram pages!
Whether families are with us for a few nights, a week or two, or longer; we love hearing from them about their experiences and how the mission of the Reinhart Guest House helped them during their time of need.
“Katie went above and beyond for my family when we needed it the most. Thank you for everything!”
Rachel W. and family, spent 4 nights at the guest house September-October 2017
“Preparing to head home to NY tomorrow morning. My stay here at Reinhart House has been the most nurturing experience I’ve had in a long time. The roller coaster emotional ride coping with being a mom who had to relinquish control over the wellness of her daughter could have been so much worse if I had to stay anywhere else. The wonderful staff especially Katie and Lida made me feel looked after. The beautiful, cozy room, the generous volunteers, the variety of spaces to sit and reflect, and delicious meals offered in fellowship all contributed to easing my spirit. I am forever grateful and in awe of this place. Warmest regards and sincere thanks.”
Stacy L., spent 8 nights with us September-October 2017
“In September 2017 my husband needed surgery on his back that required a 3 night stay at the hospital. Because it’s about a 2 1/2 hour drive to our home from St. Marys I was able to stay at the Evelyn D. Reinhart Guest House. It was such a blessing to have this home away from home, a place to escape to when I wasn’t needed at the hospital, to grab a bite to eat, to just refresh and relax before returning to the hospital. Many thanks for providing a haven during a challenging time.”
Aebeltje J., spent 3 nights with us in September 2017
There are many opportunities to engage with the Evelyn D. Reinhart Guest House mission during the holiday season. Community support and presence brings immeasurable joy and comfort to our families, especially during the holidays. Please consider the following activities:
Decorate an artificial wreath to be displayed on one of our 16 guest bedroom doors. Submit artificial, decorated wreaths by November 20. Wreaths will be auctioned off during our holiday open house.
Set up an angel tree in your office, church, or home and collect wish list items. We will provide handmade ornaments with the wish list items attached. A great way to collect much needed household items for the Reinhart House.
‘Cookies & Cards’ Bring your friends, co-workers, or family together to the Guest House to make cookies or other holiday treats and decorate cards for our guest rooms. This is a fun easy activity for volunteers of all ages! As your treats bake you can decorate cards for the holidays for our families.
Save the date for our 4th annual Holiday Open House on December 14th from 5-7pm. Enjoy beautiful decorations, holiday carols, cookie decorating, and wreath auction. You don’t want to miss it!
‘Take a picture and leave a present’ Looking for an awesome holiday picture of family, friends, or colleagues? Take your holiday picture at the Reinhart Guest House and leave a present under our tree for a family in need. Call for more details!
The Reinhart Guest House needs YOUR help filling our pantries up with supplies for our families. As you can imagine our kitchen area is one of the heaviest visited spots in the entire house. It’s a great place for gathering and comfort. We are looking for donations of the following items to help keep supplies available to aid our families during their stays with us. We appreciate the support so much!!
Bottled water and other individual drinks (juice boxes, Gatorade, tea, etc)
$10 Gift Cards (Target, gas, Visa, Kroger, etc)
There are two options for getting donations to us:
Deliver them anytime during regular staff hours:
Saturdays and Sundays: 8am-8pm
You can also visit our wish list on Amazon and have items sent directly to the guest house! Search for the email address email@example.com to view our wish list. Use Amazon Smile and select Bon Secours Richmond Health Care Foundation as your charity of choice and proceeds from your order will benefit the Reinhart Guest House!
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Giving back to the Evelyn D. Reinhart Guest House is as easy as using your Kroger card! Register your card HERE to support Evelyn D. Reinhart Guest House, org number 86849. Once you register your card, Kroger will donate a percentage of every purchase to us up to $3,000,000!!!! It takes 5 minutes to register, do it today!!
Evelyn D. Reinhart Guest House
1100 Libbie Avenue
Richmond, VA 23226