Lions clubs donate appliances to nonprofit

Members of four area Lions clubs and supporters of Rhonda’s House, the peer-run respite home run by Life Connections, gather around a new washer and dryer that the groups helped purchase for Rhonda’s House. Pictured from left are Kent Petersen, with the Delmar Lions, Edward Murphy, house manager at Rhonda’s House; Ralph Binnie, of the Low Moor Lions; Tim Logsdon, peer staff at Rhonda’s House; Peg Thiltgen, president of the DeWitt Noon Lions; Steve and Laura Anderson, of Dr. Appliance in Delmar; Missy Weber, of the DeWitt Nite Lions; Jennifer Banowetz, of the DeWitt Nite Lions; Todd Noack, executive director of Life Connections; Roger Hill, of the Delmar Lions; and Loren Roling, of the Delmar Lions.

When the knobs and dials on the used washer and dryer installed at Rhonda’s House recently stopped functioning correctly, Todd Noack suspected he knew who might be able to help.

Noack, executive director of Life Connections, which operates Rhonda’s House, the first peer-run respite home in the state and the first one in a rural setting in the nation, informed Roger Hill about the situation.

Hill, senior vice president & trust officer at DeWitt Bank & Trust Co. and hospital trustee for Genesis Health System, which owns Rhonda’s House at 1311 Hospital Dr. in DeWitt, has a few connections.

“I told Roger that the washer and dryer had reached the end of their lifespans,” Noack said. “Roger took care of it. He’s done a lot for us.”

Hill, who also is a 41-year member and treasurer of the Delmar Lions, reached out to other Lions clubs in the area. The Delmar Lions, the Low Moor Lions and the two clubs in DeWitt — the Noon Lions and the Nite Lions —all responded.

The clubs pooled their resources and purchased a new washer and dryer from Dr. Appliance, which is co-owned by Laura and Steve Anderson at 606 Main St. in Delmar. 

Noack said the Andersons have been generous to Rhonda’s House in the past, donating a microwave to the respite house.

During a quick tour of the clean, cozy home, Noack noted that “everything in the house has been donated,” including kitchen appliances, beds, dressers, televisions, tables, furniture, stuffed animals, books and dozens of packages of products.