LSS Seeks Volunteers to Offer a Break to Family Caregivers

Friday, August 02, 2019

Renee and CarolLutheran Social Service of Minnesota is seeking volunteers to help meet an increasing need to provide respite to caregivers. As the population of older Minnesotans grows, so does interest in this service.

This service offers an opportunity for caring individuals to share their skills, meet new people and make a direct difference in people’s lives.

As an AmeriCorps volunteer, Renee Ransom spends few hours each week with Carol Crust putting together puzzles, grocery shopping, filling the bird feeder and enjoying lunch outings.

This time together means Carol Crust can live by herself in her Brainerd assisted living apartment. It also allowed her daughter, Dee Crust, to move closer to her family in Minneapolis.

“Before Renee came into our life, I was on-call 24/7,” Dee Crust said in a news release. “I lived with my mom in Brainerd, so I had to give my life up in order to be here. Without Renee, my mom wouldn’t make it.”

Read more at the Brainerd Dispatch.