Your support means peace and dignity for my Brothers.
It has recently come to my attention that some of our elderly and disabled Brothers living in a larger retirement facility are struggling through the night. They fall asleep in living room chairs—rather than ask someone to help them get into bed. There’s no one there to make sure these Brothers take their evening medications or help them fill a cup with water. Nightly bathroom trips cause more anxiety than I even want to discuss!
All this stress is turning what should be a peaceful day’s end into a nightmare.
However, there is a simple solution! The Brothers’ physician strongly recommends that I hire two nurse’s aides to stay in the facility each night between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. Two is the bare minimum, he told me, since 22 elderly gentlemen live in the retirement facility, and there are two floors of bedrooms.
Yes, it’s a quick and easy answer…except that I do not have the budget to cover two nurse’s aides salaries!
Because the doctor stressed the importance of two nurse’s aides, I desperately reevaluated the facility’s annual budget and looked for any possible ways to cut expenses so I could pull together the $52,188 I need to cover their salaries. And while I actually managed to reallocate $30,000 for this urgent need, I’m still short by $22,188.
Today I turn to our dear Marist Brothers’ friends and ask for your support.
Please, won’t you send what you can, so my elderly Brothers can enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep?
There’s another reason why these two nurse’s aides are imperative—and it’s a vital matter that deserves everyone’s attention. If there were ever an emergency in the night, many of my Brothers would be trapped on the third and fourth floors. They would never be able to find their walker, cane or wheelchair and reach safe ground in time. And who would call 9-1-1 if a Brother suddenly fell ill and needed prompt, life-saving medical attention? Without two alert nurse’s aides on duty, one for each bedroom floor, my elderly Brothers are left helpless in case of emergency.
I shudder to even think about this sort of unspeakable predicament, but it’s crucial that you understand how truly meaningful your support is! The budget cannot carry this expense without your help. Today I need your friendship and your generosity.
I know you’ll help our Brothers, because you understand that this is something we can change and make right. Just as I wrote about those unspeakable moments that we cannot control, this is one of those opportunities where we can make a difference.
Perhaps you think that your support can’t change a thing—that your help won’t amount to enough. Let me assure you, your support, in whatever amount you can afford, means a great deal. If you don’t believe me, consider the nickel that’s traveling with my letter. All by itself the nickel can’t buy much of anything these days. But add it to many more nickels, as I’ll add your support to the gifts from many more Marist Brothers’ friends, and you can see how the total could very well add up to the full $22,188 I need.
As soon as your support arrives, you can be sure that the Brothers and I will want to show our appreciation by including your special intentions in our daily prayers. So please, take a moment to complete the enclosed prayer intention slip and send it along with your donation.
In closing, I want to thank you so very much for your continued support. You are a blessing that every Brother cherishes, and we thank God every day for bringing you into our lives.
God bless you for your kind generosity,
Br. Hugh P. Turley, FMS
Director of Development
P.S. Please send your contribution today. While I’m sure we all agree that the nurse’s aides are vital, I cannot possibly hire them until your support arrives. Thank you!
P.P.S. Living alone can be a challenge, especially for those with health or mobility issues. The enclosed prayer card is intended for such people. Please use it yourself if you live alone, or give it to someone you know who would find it inspiring. Thank you and God bless you.