Your support of Guest House saves
lives, vocations, missions and ministries!
Archbishop Timothy Cardinal Dolan
Since 1956, this Michigan-based, lay operated treatment center has cared exclusively for Catholic clergy and religious suffering from alcohol and other chemically-based addictions.
The work of Guest House is well-known to me, and I know that I speak for all the bishops of the United States when I give thanks for all that it does in saving lives and vocations.
With this letter, I ask you to prayerfully consider including the work of Guest House in the future philanthropic plans , In doing so, you will be assisting the Church in a special way.
With prayerful best wishes, I am,
Faithfully in Christ,
Most Reverend Timothy M. Dolan
Archbishop of New York
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Vice President of Development
Remembering Family and Friends and Helping Us In Our Mission Too
Guest House has included for Perpetual Remembrance the many deceased individuals listed below (in capitalized letters). These names are followed by the names of our donor friends who contributed to Guest House in memory of their family and friends who have passed away.
The list represents Memorial gifts to our work from the period of 3-11-13 to 3-10-14. (Previously, these names were listed in the Guest House Newsletter.)
When making a Memorial gift to Guest House, please print all information and be sure to include the names of next of kin, with their address, so that we can be sure to notify them of your kindness (gift amount not disclosed).
You may call us for information about Memorial giving at 1-800-626-6910. Or, email us at email@example.com
Please especially note: Gifts in memory of loved ones or friends, which you make through a bequest in your will, can gain for you permanent recognition and lasting remembrance at the Liturgies of Guest House, through membership in our St. Raphael Society.
The St. Raphael Society
The St. Raphael Society… is named in honor of The Archangel Raphael, whose name means “God Heals.” Raphael is rightly the Patron Saint of Guest House, which is devoted to the treatment of priests, deacons, seminarians, brothers and sisters suffering from chemically-based addiction, such as alcoholism.
Tapestry made by priests in treatment. This compelling tapestry hung in the Chapel at Guest House Lake Orion for decades. It carried a reassuring spiritual message: “No Need to Fear--- You Are Safe”
Please join the Society!
Benefits of St. Raphael Society Membership
• Every year on the feast day of St. Raphael, a Mass will be celebrated honoring all members;
• Your name will be included in Perpetual Remembrance at the Guest House altars;
• Your name will be read aloud during the Vigil at our annual All Souls Mass;
• Your name will be listed in the Guest House Newsletter.
Your gift saves lives and precious vocations for our Church. In turn, each priest or religious who returns to health and service in parishes, schools, orders and missions will better the lives of Catholics and non-Catholics world wide. In the last year, donors contributed over one million dollars to the care of priests and men and women religious through bequests and other estate plans. Please join this worthy group by including Guest House, Inc. in your estate giving plans.
- I’ve included Guest House in my estate plans.
- I wish to be enrolled in the St. Raphael Society with the following name(s):
- I am planning to include Guest House in my estate plans and will notify you when that happens.
- I would like a copy of the Bequest Gift Confirmation form.
Please Contact me by phone as I have some questions regarding the Society.
City___________________ State ______ Zip_________
Phone_____________________ Email Address __________________________
Email us this information to firstname.lastname@example.org
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St. Raphae Society
1601 Joslyn Road
Lake Orion, Michigan 48360
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Vice President of Development
Donor Bill of Rights
A Donor Bill of Rights
PHILANTHROPY is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition
of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To ensure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the non-for-profit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:
To be informed of the organization’s mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization’s governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
To have access to the organization’s most recent financial statements.
To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.
To be assured that information about their donations is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.
To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.
To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.
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Giving Institute: Leading Consultants to Non-Profits
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National Committee on Planned Giving (NCPG)
Council for Resource Development (CRD)
United Way of America
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Edmund Cardinal Szoka
“Today, as society and the Church face new anxieties and pressures, the mission of Guest House is as important as ever…. As one who served as a Diocesan Bishop in Michigan for many years, I owe a personal debt of gratitude to Guest House for all that it has done for the clergy whom I referred for treatment.”