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Good Shepherd Caregivers hosts open house

By Staff | Nov 26, 2010

(Chronicle photo by Jennifer Wabnitz) Sen. John Unger, at far right, poses with Director Paula Marrone-Reese at the Good Shepherd Caregivers’ open house on Nov. 19.

Good Shepherd Caregivers moved to a new facility this fall and hosted and open house on Nov. 19. Their new location provides easy access parking, required office space and comfortable meeting areas.

Sen. John Unger was on hand to officially cut the ribbon and presented Director Paula Marrone-Reese with an official state declaration, announcing the much-needed, good work of the organization. The open house was attended by many local officials, volunteers and some care recipients.

Good Shepherd Caregivers was founded in 1990 by a group comprised of churches, individuals and the Shepherdstown Rotary. Good Shepherd Caregivers is a non-profit organization that receives funding from faith communities, individuals, foundations and the United Way.

“The Good Shepherd Caregivers strive to promote quality of life for elderly, disabled, frail or homebound residents of Jefferson County,” said Dan Rowzie, president of the Board of Directors.

Volunteers provide a variety of services, including transportation, yard work, reassurance phone calls, meal preparation, snow removal, visitation, medical equipment loans and some coordination of other services when needed.

“75 percent of the requests are for transportation. Rides are needed to and from medical appointments, grocery shopping even to the beauty salon,” said Rowzie.

“Volunteers of all ages are welcome. There are always a variety of tasks, secretarial, home repairs, visitors and drivers. Any amount of time will be appreciated,” said Marrone-Reese.

The next volunteer training will be Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Zion Episcopal Church in Charles Town.

Community support is also received by those attending the various fund raising events held throughout the year.

For more information, visit their website at www.gsivc.org or call 304-876-3325.