The mission of Room to Renew is to uplift, restore and rejuvenate those who have dedicated their time and energy to taking care of someone with a special need or illness. We do this through designing a room in their home to make it a personal, beautiful, functional and relaxing retreat. Room to Renew is a registered 501(c)3 not for profit based in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Every little bit counts…
Our 2019 Recipient
Lori Hastings nominated her husband Dave to be our 2019 Room to Renew recipient, Dave has been her sole caregiver and, according to her nomination form, soul mate for the past 36 years. Lori suffers from a severe form of muscular dystrophy. Dave himself has suffers from multiple sclerosis.
Together they run Lori’s Voice, a nonprofit that provides support for special needs kids.
In her nomination Lori shared, “Dave is the most selfless guy you will ever meet. He struggles with severe fatigue, visual problems and numbness and tingling in his legs. He is not a guy to complain, this disease can often be invisible.”
In talking about a specific space where Dave could relax she said, “I would love to see him have a space where he can enjoy the west sunset, he is a huge fan of sunsets. We have a screened in porch, it would make a perfect little get-away room for him to relax in. With some TLC and an eye of a designer, it could easily be turned into a 4-season porch.”
When Lori was notified of the award for her husband her excitement was palpable. “Thank you so much. This is amazing. We are so grateful. Dave is so deserving of this. I am excited to see this project come together for him.”
We are so excited to renovate a room for Dave to rejuvenate and relax, stay tuned for the reveal later in 2019!
Our 2018 Donors
When I was in grade school my parents decided that my Grandmother would live with us full time. She had MS and needed care for all of her needs. My Mother, with three kids under the age of 7 and my Dad’s busy work schedule, dutifully cared for all of us. She was really good at it. I am inspired by her and others who have cared for people in their home with mental or physical illnesses. Thank you for partnering with us to create a room for a special caregiver to rest and rejuvenate! Your involvement makes this gift possible!