After losing everything to the fire at Wesley United Methodist Church in early September, the Marshfield Area Respite Care Center is getting a helping hand. The Marshfield Area Community Foundation presented a check for $25,000 to replace items that were lost in the blaze during a celebration of the foundation’s 25th anniversary on Wednesday night.
“All was lost. They need to replace everything from playing cards to straps for lifting. To begin with, they needed four Queen Anne Chairs for their participants,” said Amber Kiggens-Leifheit, Executive Director of MACF.
The respite center provides a social daycare program during the week for those with Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, or other dementia. It has currently been moved to Faith Lutheran Church to continue its services.
“They have been serving our area since 1991, helping a group of adults with care, so their caregivers have personal time to shop, spend time with friends, or get some rest,” said Kiggens-Leifheit. “We felt this nonprofit could really use a grant in honor of our 25th Anniversary.”
The donation ties in well with the overall purpose of the community foundation.
“Our mission is to connect the people that care with the causes that matter to improve the quality of life within the Marshfield area,” she said. “This non-profit couldn’t be a better fit!”