Saturday, December 20, 2014

Christmas Helpers

It's nice to know that even though it's the busiest time of the year we can still take time out to help each other. Because that's what it's all about right?

My daughter and her friend rockin' those yellow Aprons while they clean....when they weren't giggling and playing with their I Phones .




Last two pics, happy they are done for the season....a "Made To Serve" photo shoot...in my garage . Made To Serve is a non-profit cleaning service for shut-in or disabled Senior Citizens. We do everything from cleaning, grocery shopping to Doctor appointments.




Friday, October 10, 2014

My Little Helper?













I was cleaning a clients windows this week and her cat Blackie (who has cancer by the way ) decided I was cleaning to make a perch for him to chill and look out the window He is ALWAYS trying to escape one way or another.








Saturday, September 13, 2014

My Sweet Clients

Just wanted to add some faces to this ministry which has turned out to be a true blessing!

Meet Mrs Booker. She was a missionary for many years and even though she and her husband aren't able to travel around the world anymore she is still a missionary right at home to anyone who needs her wisdom. I would have taken a pic of her husband but I don't think he would have liked it as he was sound asleep in his favorite chair ☺

This is Mrs Hussong. What a sweetheart. Her pride kept her from calling me for a while as she was sad that she was no longer physically able to clean her house as she was accustomed. But she finally called and we just vacccummed that pride right on outta there! LOL!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Cooling Off On A Hot Day!

 This is one of my clients. After returning from her Docs appointment we stopped off at " Rizutos Ice Cream parlor...That's my child in the back having her "second" helping :-). But check them out here: "http://www.rizutosicecreaminc.com/ I'd never heard of the place until my child returned from a field trip there today. Talk about GIANT cones?! The one Ms Rosie has is a "Small"... Believe it or not and under $2! She really enjoyed this cone, she says " I haven't has a cone in years"! She finished every last bit too😅. When she got home she attempted to fed some to her cat



Look at that whopper of a cone!




At Home.


This was taken right after she tried to get the cat to lick her cone! She loves that cat, he's such a sweety.














Saturday, June 28, 2014

My little helper

Made To Serve is a nonprofit cleaning service for Seniors. I had to keep stopping while vacuuming to move certain things off the shelves for her because I was SO afraid I'd hear a CRASH! sooner or later😄. But she did great, this client was a missionary who has traveled all over, the shelves are filled with some  very fragile keepsakes.


Saturday, May 31, 2014

Courtesy Calls


Just want to make sure you're doing ok and don't have any needs. We try to call and check on you at least once a month (usually around the first). Sometimes they just need someone to chat with :-).

Appointments Only


At the moment the day's we schedule are: Tuesday's and Fridays between 9 am and 1 pm. Until I get more volunteers and School lets out. But so far everyone likes those days and we only come once a month. 

Some exceptions are Dr's Appointments, if you can't get a ride just call us (719 510-2729) and we'll try to work with you though, some day's it just doesn't work out, but most...it does.

We are located in Colorado Springs, CO.


My Story


I'm a child of divorce but loved both my Parents dearly. Raised by a Christian Grandmother who taught me to love everyone and have no respect of person. She ingrained in me a strong work ethic and to treat others the same way I'd want to be treated (which is why I'm so nice to my child...she may be picking out my Nursing Home LOL!).

The photo is my sweet Mom who passed at age 76 in 2011. This photo was taken while in Rehab just 4 month prior to her passing. She was a sweetheart and I'd fly anywhere just to take care of her if needed. Though my brother took very good care of her in Michigan as I was living in several places as a military wife.

My background is E.M.T. (Emergency Medical Tech). Prior to that I began an interest in the elderly at a very young age. I took a job at a Nursing Home working in the Kitchen. I got to know a ton of sweet people and knew their diets, how they liked their food, their dis-likes (and dispositions when they weren't having such a hot day). I soon left that job to be an Activity Assistant in the same facility, there I got to play games with them and just keep them busy. We love dressing up on the holidays and my favorite was New Years. We'd have a party for them (at 6, their bedtime was 8) and about 5 till 7...we began the count down to New Years, they were so funny and fun to be around. But they were very appreciative of our service.

After leaving that job in the same facility I became a C.N.A. (certified nursing assistant) that's where I learned a TON about how to care for the Elderly. It was a sad day when one of my patients passed away right after bathing her and I was in the dining room feeding others their breakfast. I got called out to help clean her again and get her ready for the Morgue. I recall the Charge Nurse saying she would help me as I gathered everything she told me too, but...I was just pacing back and forth in front of the Nurses station because I didn't want to go in and she realized that. She was so kind and said... "I'll go with you". So she helped me clean and prep her. I recall being SO nervous and at one point I turned her, bumped her head on the rail and immediately jumped said "Oh! I'm sorry!"...that was kinda dumb, but understandable I guess :-).

So not long after, I learned of private aides and so I actually left the facility to do home care. They were all very rewarding and I wouldn't trade any experience I had because I learned so much.

Now my heart just wants to give back because in my career I've seen a lot of Elderly just dropped off at the Nursing home and left. No family, no visits. I can't "save the world"....but I can play a part in helping to make it better one senior at a time.

Other Sevices


Now, upon interviewing any Senior, if we find that they have a cleaning service, other options are:
Rides to Dr Appointments
Light Grocery Shopping
Walking Your Dog
 (Must have proof of current rabies and not be aggressive).

All services are anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 1/2 hours. 

Just So You'll Know...






Here are a few cleaning items we prefer to use to get the best cleaning, but of course we will use what you have.

Mr Clean Sponges
Soft Scrub
Pine-Sol
Disposable Gloves
Vacuum or Vacuum Sweeper
Mop
Dust Mop
Broom
Bucket
Old Clean Rags
Sponges
And for cleaning windows, save that old newspaper, it works wonders!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Calling all Colorado Springs Volunteers!

I've begun interviewing Seniors for our Non-profit cleaning service dedicated to home bound or disabled Senior Citizens. Right now, once a month seems to be good for everyone, so if I manage to get several teams together you won't need to go once a month.

We do light house keeping only in the Colorado Springs area. Anything from: Sweeping, Moping, Vacuuming, taking out trash....anything that doesn't take over 1 1\2 hours. If they have a cleaning service and have other needs like, needing windows or storm doors cleaned, light grocery shopping, rides to their Doctors appointments, we do that as well. At the moment these services are by appointment only, on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9-1pm. Once we get more volunteers then other days/times may open according to your preferences.

This is also good if you have a child in Eagle Scouts, Girls Scouts or ROTC who needs community service hours as well.

If this is something you would like to help with, please send me an email to: overboard48@gmail.com to set up an interview. You will always go out to homes in teams of two. Thank you.