VOLUNTEER news ShepherdCares 2012: Employees Give Back

A Newsletter for the Shepherd Auxiliary & Volunteers
ShepherdCares 2012: Employees Give Back
Each September, Shepherd Center employees are asked to support the hospital by contributing to the
ShepherdCares Employee Giving campaign. Thanks to the leadership of Dr. Brock “Justin Bieber” Bowman
and Susan “Lady Gaga” Johnson, we exceeded this year’s goal of $100,000, enabling us to purchase a new
van for our adolescent patients. Known as the “iBus”, the vehicle will be tech-friendly and outfitted with iPod
docking stations, flat screen monitors for video games, and an exterior wrap to match the spirit of those patients who will use it.
Staff ambassadors worked hard to encourage their co-workers to participate in the campaign, and their
job was made easier by our hotel partners, vendors and community businesses who donated raffle prizes. This year’s prizes included an iPad, hotel stays in Orlando, St. Simon’s Island, and the north Georgia mountains,
and the biggest prize of all - two round-trip tickets on Southwest Airlines!
Thanks to Southwest Airlines, Holiday Inn Express, HDS Vans and Mobility, Pillars Hotels & Resorts, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Camden Brookwood
Apartments, Target, Uncle Julio’s, QuikTrip, World of Coke, Benihana and
Genghis Grill for their generous contributions.
Left: “Justin Bieber” and “Lady Gaga” rallied the crowd at the ShepherdCares Employee
Giving campaign kickoff cookout.
Housing Resources Provide Unique Draw
Few realize that Shepherd Center is the only rehabilitation hospital in the country that offers free housing resources, and in 2010
our three different properties provided help to 927 families.
When an inpatient lives more than 60 miles away from Shepherd
Center, free housing is initially offered to the family for 30 days.
When patients progress from being an inpatient, most opt for participating in our Day Program, at which time they are granted even
more weeks of complimentary housing with their caregiver.
The modern Irene and George Woodruff Residence Center you
see on campus today was dedicated in 2008. It contains 6 floors of
wheelchair accessible apartments (84 in all), each fully furnished
Irene and George Woodruff Family Residence
with everything from beds and sleep sofa, to a flat screen t.v. and
a DVD player, to a full kitchen. The laundry facilities and supplies
provided are a big plus, as is the large Family Lounge, which contains sofas, dining tables, flat screen TV,
family friendly DVDs, books to check out and games. A beautiful garden can be found just outside the Lounge
on the Plaza level, with a wheelchair obstacle course, grills and tables for outdoor meals.
Two smaller Shepherd housing properties are also utilized. Shepherd Place is located on Peachtree Park
Drive, and Biscayne Apartments are on Biscayne Drive, both within walking distance. Together they contain
36 additional apartments for a variety of clients including the veterans in our SHARE program, MS patients
here for treatment, and overflow of Day Program SCI or ABI patients from the Residence Center.
Our housing properties help make it possible for family members of patients to be close to their loved ones
during a very challenging time, participate in all training required, avoid hotel charges, and even live out their
time at Shepherd without a vehicle. It is a unique resource that helps attract patients from all over the world
to the place we know will give them the best care and rehabilitation outcome possible.
from the
Dear Auxiliary Members,
Fall is finally here! Cooler weather, colorful landscapes, and the holidays start now! We have lots of
fun planned for October, and we hope you will plan
now to be part of it.
The $5 Jewelry Sale is planned for October 13
and 14, in the Marcus Building across from Security. This is a great place to shop for stocking stuffers
and “little gifts” for friends’ birthdays.
The Halloween Bake Sale will be held on Thursday, October 27th, in the Marcus building across
from the Security Desk. I hope you will bring your
best cakes, pies, cupcakes, and cookies to help
raise money for the Auxiliary’s Patient Aid fund. Of
course, we will have a Halloween theme, so the
spookier the better! Bring goodies to Shepherd on
Wednesday, October 26 between 9:00 a.m. and
4:00 p.m. or on Thursday, October 27th between
8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. Pretty fall packaging or
spooky, freaky wrapping is the order of the day.
Cookies, cupcakes and brownies can be packaged
in bags for individual sale. Call me if you need details: (404)-257-0495.
Our famous Pecans on Peachtree Sale begins
on November 7th. We have a new manager, Annette Wright, who will take over Candy Sugarman’s
duties. We will also have extended hours this year
on Tuesdays and Thursdays in December, so we
will need lots of volunteers to tend the kiosk in Marcus and the sale fulfillment center in the Woodruff
Family Residence Center Plaza. We have some
new products that I’m sure you will like, too. Marla
Bennett and Jane Ulicny are calling for volunteers,
so I hope when they call you will say “yes!”
Thanks to Cyndae Arrendale and Heather Flint for
organizing the beautiful Fall Coffee, and to all who
came and enjoyed the camaraderie of the Auxiliary
members! Special thanks to those who brought new
members and friends. We are happy to welcome
Barbara Kelley, Andrea Cook, Jessica Hayden and
Libby Prickett to the Auxiliary, and Rebecca and
Dennis Webb and family to Peach Corps!
There’s a lot going on this month! Be sure to
mark your calendar for the Jewelry Sale on October 13 and 14, as well as the Bake Sale on October 27. Also, remember to check your calendar
to see which days you can help with the Pecan
I hope to see you at the Legendary Party on
Saturday, November 5 at the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead!
Have a Boo-tiful Fall!
Maureen Escott
[email protected]
$5 Jewelry Sale
Thursday, October 13
Friday, October 14
7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
1st Floor Marcus Building
Across from Security
Halloween Bake Sale
Thursday, October 27
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
1st Floor Marcus Building
Our treats will be
frightfully delicious!
Volunteer Spotlight - Gloria Stone
Do you sometimes wonder if there are any natives left in Atlanta? Look no
further than our Welcome Desk, which is staffed on Wednesday afternoons
by a genuine, elegant Atlanta native, Gloria Stone.
Born and raised in Avondale Estates, Gloria comes from parents that lived
long and productive lives, including a father who was an active practicing
attorney until the age of 93, living almost to 102. While raising Gloria her parents encouraged her in music, and she was such an accomplished violinist
in high school that she was given a unique first introduction into volunteering. She, along with other musically gifted high school students, was asked
to play in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra before they were able to bring
together enough professional musicians to complete their orchestral roster.
After graduating from the Georgia College for Women, Gloria enjoyed a
long and successful career with Equifax, where she particularly enjoyed be- Above: Gloria often works
ing the Director of Human Resources. Throughout her life she has been a on administrative projects
while greeting visitors at the
voracious reader and has always remained active at her church, Avondale Welcome Desk.
Estates First Baptist Church.
Gloria has spent many years serving in various volunteer positions, including her work with the American Legion Auxiliary at the V. A. Hospital and fulfilling roles in both the Avondale Estates Garden Club
and Women’s Club. June Weitnauer, a good friend who serves on the Shepherd Auxiliary and Advisory
Board, steered Gloria not only towards Shepherd but also to the Assistance League of Atlanta. There
Gloria works at their thrift store and is co-liaison in supporting Shepherd Center by stocking our Clothes
Closet with free clothing for needy patients and delivering cookies once a month to those patients who
have birthdays.
Gloria states that she is glad June guided her to serve here at Shepherd Center years ago through
the Auxiliary and various volunteer positions. She states that sharing her time and talents here has enriched her life and truly made her a happier person.
Welcome Annette Wright
The Pecans on Peachtree season is almost
upon us and we have a brand new coordinator,
Annette Wright.
Annette comes to us with diverse experience
from the business world and more recently nonprofit organizations, where she worked extensively with volunteers. In all previous positions
she has managed the operations of projects and
programs, and she is known for her sharp sense
of humor.
“I’m very excited about assisting the Auxiliary
team in raising
funds that will
really make a difference,” Annette
shared. “I look
forward to meeting and working
with both staff
and volunteers.”
Bring Us Your Books!
Your donations of gently
used current and recent
books help us stock the Auxiliary Book Cart, which raises
funds to provide basic necessities to families in need
while at Shepherd Center.
Donations can be
brought to Volunteer Services.
Above (l-r): Midge Tracy, Director of Volunteer Services, accepts a donation of
two round-trip tickets on Southwest Airlines from Marsha Heard of Holiday Inn
Express. The tickets were a raffle prize
for the employee giving campaign.
Right (l-r): Family member Vincent
Boshar visits with Erin Valentin of Homewood Suites during a recent family
Scott Sikes, Executive Director, Shepherd Center Foundation
Midge Tracy, Director, Volunteer Services
Alex Seblatnigg, Volunteer Manager & Newsletter Co-editor
Gale Eckstein Volunteer Services Assistant & Newsletter Co-editor
Membership in the Shepherd Center Auxiliary, Peach Corps, SCS,
and Junior Committee is open to all volunteers. Members provide
ongoing fundraising and volunteer support to Shepherd Center.
For more information on becoming a member of one of these
groups, contact Midge Tracy at (404) 350-7315 or visit www.
Shepherd Center’s mission is to help people with a temporary or
permanent disability caused by injury or disease rebuild their lives
with hope, independence, and dignity, advocating for their full
inclusion in all aspects of community life while promoting safety
and injury prevention.
Above: Samuel Tenkorang, Patient Care
Tech in ABI Nursing, won a two night stay
at “The Last Resort” in Blue Ridge, Georgia
during Shepherd’s employee giving campaign.