100 Women Who Care see record number of giving

MANISTEE — It was a good day at Little Mary’s Hospitality House in Wellston recently.

The agency was presented a record number of checks from 100 Women Who Care Manistee County.

“Oh my goodness,” said Marilee Duncan, when she was presented with $7,100. “We never expected it to be so much.”

Duncan and her husband Rich are caretaker managers at the hospitality house. She was selected from a random drawing at the October Women Who Care meeting to make a five-minute presentation to the women.

During her presentation, Duncan said the hospitality house provides a free one-week vacation for families with a loved one dealing with a life threatening illness or physical handicap. Families stay in one of the fully furnished units and can enjoy the use of boats, bikes, the beach and other amenities.

Two of the units are in need of having a bathroom fully remodeled, eliminating the standard bathtub unit, and replacing it with an accessible lip-free shower for easy entry.

“As it is now,” said Duncan, “someone who have to climb over the edge of the bathtub to get in to have a shower. Being able to walk in or roll a wheelchair in would make it so much easier for families.”

When Duncan make her presentation to the women’s care group, she was hoping, if selected, there would be enough money to remodel one bathroom with the help of volunteers.

“I think we might be able to do both bathrooms now,” said Duncan. “Or at least all of one and some of the other.”

Duncan showed off the recently remodeled recreation facility on the property. The game room features a number of table top games, television and DVD players, an accessible bathroom and a meeting area.

“This room gets a lot of use, especially when it is rainy or cold,” said Duncan.

Duncan said she hopes to get started on the work in early January in order to have all the work complete before the busy season next summer.

“It was exciting to see such a huge turnout for our October 100 Women Who Care meeting in October,” said Judy Crockett, co-founder of the group. “This was our all-time high level of participation. Our numbers continue to grow. We see more and more women who want to be part of this amazing group.”

Meetings are over for this year. The next meeting, marking the beginning of the care group’s fifth year, is the third Tuesday of January, 2018 and again in April, July and October. For more information contact Crockett at womensnetworkmanistee@gmail.com.

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Ashlyn is the cops & courts and city reporter for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach her at (231) 398-3109 or akorienek@pioneergroup.com

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