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 2018 caregiver recipient and donors
Liz is a mother, a nurse, a wife and a friend to many who has dedicated the last nine years of her life to taking care of her son Trestin. At six months old Liz took guardianship of a very sick child in need of intensive care. They quickly learned Tristen had congenital heart disease, and over the last 11 years he has been hospitalized over 50 times. In addition to congenial heart disease Tristen also struggles with Asperger, FAS, OCD and ADHD as a result of drugs and alcohol in utero. Tristen has significant feeding issues and has had three abdominal surgeries to fix the regurgitation of food that goes into his lungs. Tristen is often tired and weak and can’t play at the speed of other little boys his age. Tristen’s mother Liz has championed his care, moving their home to be closer to better medical facilities, and working opposite shifts as her husband so someone is always available to be on call for him. Travel is often a challenge for caretakers, yet they need to rejuvenate and relax. We we thrilled to work with Liz to create a room in her home that feels like a retreat.
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!