Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Guemes Connects is one of many island organizations that address a need or provide a service to residents. The Connects volunteers provide on-island skilled, compassionate assistance with respite care, transportation, home maintenance, medical equipment, housing, and meals for shut-ins. The organization’s mission is to foster a network of support for the Guemes Island community. They are committed to meeting the needs of anyone needing assistance regardless of age, illness, disability, race or religion.
Guemes Connects sponsors The Gathering Lunch, a weekly lunch program open to everyone, residents, visitors, and workers. Meals are prepared and served by volunteers every Thursday from 11:30 to 12:15 from October through April at the Guemes Church. There is a suggested donation of $5.00 for this “home cooked” meal. Check the Events Calendar on myguemes.org for the weekly menu. Free blood pressure checks are available from 11:15 to 12:30. Take-home meals are available by request for shut-ins only.
The following coordinators can help if you have a need or know someone who needs occasional assistance.
- Meals – Lorraine Francis 360-293-8364
- Respite Care – Sue Nichol 206-755-7937 or Juby Fouts 360-293-2704
- Home Maintenance/Yard Care – Bill Clark 360-299-3230
- Medical Equipment – Juby Fouts 360-293-2704 or Barb Ohms 360-298-1885
- Housing Assistance – Ron Knowles 360-588-9922
- Transportation – Susan Rombeek 360-293-0777 or Anne Passarelli 360-299-2549
Please give the Transportation Coordinators 24-hour notice so they can arrange rides. If you cannot reach a coordinator or wish to volunteer your time or skills, please contact Lorraine Francis or Juby Fouts. Additional volunteers or new Gathering Lunch cooks are always welcome.