Reinhart Guest House

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A new addition to our volunteer program

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Our families recently enjoyed visits with two furry volunteers compliments of the pet therapy program at St. Mary’s Hospital. We are excited to welcome therapy dogs Judy and Clifford and their owners to the Reinhart Guest House! Many of our families are missing their own family pets while they are with us. Visits from therapy dogs help to lessen their stress and worries. The dogs love the attention as well! Thank you to owner Peggy and Judy and owner Kim and Clifford for visiting our families. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

        

Judy                                      Clifford

 

Blessed with amazing volunteers!

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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.”

We love hearing from families!

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This is an excerpt of a note that was left by a guest in our journal over the weekend:
“Saturday, Nov 11, 2017
Day 11
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.”

We are so glad we can be there for your families! #goodhelpfeelslikehome

Volunteer Spotlight: Christine Watt

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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!

Our top wish list needs

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We greatly appreciate the support of our wonderful community and the incredible in kind donations provided to the Reinhart Guest House! Some of our current top wish list needs are:

Tupperware containers

K cups (all varieties!)

Sturdy paper bowls and 12-16oz plastic cups

Shelf stable individual microwaveable meals

Large white kitchen trash bags

Lunch meats and bread for sandwiches (small quantities please)

Individually sized snacks (granola bars, sandwich crackers, dried fruit, etc)

Breakfast foods (individual cereals, eggs, sausage, bacon, etc)

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 reinharthouse@bshsi.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!!

What an incredible week of meals and volunteer activities!

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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!

Notes from our families

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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

Help us stock our kitchen!

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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!!

Some of our frequently used items include:

Individually sized snacks (granola bars, sandwich crackers, dried fruit, chips, cookies, etc)

K cups (all varieties!)

Paper bowls (sturdy please) and Plastic cups (12-16oz size please)

Shelf stable microwaveable individual meals (mac n cheese, ravioli, rice, etc)

Large white kitchen trash bags

Lunch meats and bread for sandwiches (small quantities please)

Breakfast foods (individual cereals, eggs, sausage, bacon, etc)

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:

Monday-Friday 8am-11pm

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 reinharthouse@bshsi.org 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!

Kroger Rewards Program supporting the 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!!

Wonderful week of meals for our families!

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We were blessed at the Reinhart Guest House with 6 wonderful groups preparing meals for our families this past week!! A full house and plenty of families to enjoy the food and fellowship. We appreciate the support so much!

On Monday our friends from Hunton Baptist Church returned to the guest house and brought a delicious dinner.

“Great food and good company as well. Thank you, volunteers, for a lovely evening and your kindness.” — Catherine and Cameron

It was all about the picnic foods and breakfast for dinner on Tuesday night with the wonderful nurses from AORN and the Respiratory Services Department from Memorial Regional Medical Center.

“Thank you so much for such a beautiful spread and variety of food. It was just the perfect comfort we needed after having been in the hospital all day and had no dinner. Bless you! Thank you!” — Nancy

Students from the Steward School cooked a delicious breakfast for our families on Wednesday morning.

Our friends from the Telecommunications department at St Marys prepared a feast of comfort food on Wednesday evening!

 

“A pleasant and welcome surprise! Having spent a long day of anxious waiting in the hospital, it’s been comforting to sit down to a home cooked meal while in the company of folks that made us feel welcome. I’m thankful for everyone’s hard work to provide this meal. May God continue to bless each of you.” — David

Rounding out an incredible week of meals was a kickoff to tailgate season with a dinner made by the wonderful volunteers from Markel.

These meals mean more to our families than you will ever know. A home cooked meal after a long day at the hospital brightens the days of not just our guests, but also families from the hospital who may not be eligible to stay with us but are tired after a long day of waiting.