Ways to Support Guest House
A Place of Hope & Healing
Your gifts can make an immediate impact, or you can create an endowment: endowment gifts continue in perpetuity so that the mission of Guest House has a future. If you are interested in creating an endowment or making a gift pledge please contact us.
Guest House relies on the generosity of individuals, organizations (parishes, dioceses, religious communities and businesses), corporations and foundations to carry out our ministry. Every gift makes a difference – your gift makes a difference. These philanthropic efforts make it possible for Guest House to provide comprehensive addiction treatment and aftercare, offer education on topics related to addiction and engage in addiction research in order to continue the good work of our mission.
Giving can be directed to a specific program or building, to scholarship or to education and research.
Ways to Support Guest House
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Gift Planning/ Estate Giving
Making gifts for the benefit of others is an excellent way to affirm your values and priorities. You can designate your gift to a specific program or building, to scholarship or to education and research. Your gift can also be unrestricted and used where needed most. Planning your gift to Guest House may stretch the value of your donation, enabling you to do more than you think possible. An estate gift may also benefit you and your family: your tax savings may be increased, and some estate gifts can provide you or a loved one guaranteed lifetime income.
A Bequest in a Will or Trust stipulates that an amount or a percentage of your estate will be given to Guest House after your lifetime. Your bequest can be designated to a specific program or building, to scholarship or to education and research, or it can be unrestricted and used where needed most.
Life-income Gifts provide income to a donor and/or another individual age 60 or older. At the end of the beneficiary’s lifetime, the remainder is given to Guest House.
A Gift of Retirement Fund Assets is a specific use of funds that would be heavily taxed if given to an individual—up to 85 percent. After your lifetime, the remainder of your retirement fund can be assigned to Guest House as a designated or unrestricted gift.
A Gift of Life Insurance from a past policy no longer needed because of the death of the original beneficiary or a newly created policy can benefit Guest House in many ways.
Charitable Lead Trusts provide income to Guest House over a set number of years and then transfer assets to children or other individual(s) named by the donor. This plan enables heirs to receive assets while minimizing taxes.
Gifts of Appreciated Assets, such as stocks, bonds and mutual fund shares, that have increased in value are another way of giving to Guest House. The donor receives an itemized income tax deduction for the full current value and also avoids tax on the increase in value. Real estate and other appreciated assets may be helpful to Guest House, and you may be able to continue living in a residence while saving on taxes. Other assets that may make helpful gifts while saving taxes include closely held stock, business practices (law, medicine, etc.), partnerships, contracts, leases, royalties and patents.
For a free copy of the Wills Planning Guide and Workbook, which offers a more detailed review of estate planning options, please contact the Development Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-626-6910.
Honor and Memorial Gifts
Honor and Memorial Gifts are thoughtful ways to mark a special occasion or honor the life or memory of a relative or friend. To make an honor or memorial gift, send your contribution and acknowledgment information (for notification purposes) to Guest House.
Consider an Honor or Memorial Gift to celebrate or recognize an individual’s or group’s important milestone or event:
- Births and Birthdays
- Weddings and Anniversaries
- Graduations and Retirements
- Mother’s or Father’s Day
- Life’s Successes and Joys (Good Luck, Best Wishes or Congratulations)
- Illness (Get Well)
- Times of Sympathy
- Times of Appreciation (Thank You)
Your gift will be immediately acknowledged with a card sent to the honored person or group or to the family member of a deceased. A personal message on the card will let them know that a thoughtful donation has been made in their name or the name of a loved one.
Corporate & Foundation Giving
The addiction treatment and aftercare programs at Guest House are devoted exclusively to clergy and men and women religious who are suffering from alcoholism, addictions and other behavioral health conditions. Our programs are designed to respect these individuals’ special roles in the Church, helping them regain their sobriety and return to their ministries. They return with improved well-being and renewed purpose, impacting thousands of lives throughout their years in recovery.
Guest House is committed to providing treatment and care regardless of the religious communities’ or dioceses’ ability to pay for any sister, brother or clergy member who needs our services. This commitment is part of our designation as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, included in the Official Catholic Directory.
We rely on financial support from corporations and foundations, in addition to philanthropy from individuals and organizations, to carry out our ministry. Please consider partnering with us, so we can continue to serve our Church and strengthen Catholic communities around the world.
For more information about supporting Guest House programs, please contact Cheryl Clark at email@example.com or 248-393-8974.
Scripps Mansion was the heart of Wildwood Farms, a 3800-acre country estate owned by William E. Scripps, son of the founder of The Detroit News James E. Scripps. An entrepreneur, engineer, inventor and environmentalist, William was a self-taught aviator and radio pioneer. He started the first commercial radio station in the United States, WWJ-AM; and from 1914 to 1917, produced the Scripps-Booth light luxury automobile with his nephew James Scripps Booth.
Built from 1926 to 1927, for 2.8 million dollars, the mansion was the Scripps’ summer home. It is 28,000 square feet and boasts 67 rooms, 11 fireplaces, 15 bedrooms and 68 stained glass windows. The Norman Revival style is characterized by the steep hipped roof, large masses and towers. The interior also includes English Tudor details. Added to the Register of National Places in 2007, Scripps Mansion reflects William Scripps’ appreciation of artistry and craftsmanship and is considered a nationally significant architectural and landscape treasure.
After William’s death in 1952, the estate was sold. In 1955, Austin Ripley purchased the mansion and 105 acres of the estate to start a recovery center for Catholic clergy. Guest House opened its doors in 1956, with the mansion serving as a residential treatment facility. Today, the mansion remains in use for aftercare, alumni programs and donor events. The mansion serves as a touchstone for all of our clients as each spends time there at some time in the process.
Philanthropy is important to the care and upkeep and restoration of this beautiful mansion. Currently, Guest House is in the beginning stages of a multi-year restoration project to maintain the mansion’s historic integrity and functionality. If you are interested in being a part of this important conservation effort and wish to make a tax-deductible donation, please contact Erika Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 248-393-8933.
To learn more about our conservation efforts, click here. (link to press release)
Throughout the year, Guest House hosts a variety of events designed to help you connect with Guest House and support our compassionate mission of Saving Vocations and Saving Lives.
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Golf Title Sponsor and Other Sponsorship Opportunities
Many opportunities are available for sponsorships at the Golf Classic and all our events, including that of “Title Sponsor.”
Golf Hole Sponsor
Guest House is grateful to all sponsors and thank them in visible ways.
Run Over Addiction Shirt
The Run Over Addiction sponsors are highlighted on the back of the participant tee shirt that is specially designed each year.
Bishops Dinner Program
Our Bishop’s Dinner sponsors are thanked at the event in a slideshow as well as a published program for the evening.
Event sponsorship opportunities allow you to reach important business and community leaders, key decision makers and the surrounding community while showing your support for our compassionate ministry.
Contact Erika Walker at email@example.com or 248-393-8933.
We need dedicated and talented people like you
Join one of our event committees to assist in planning and executing our events
Help us with planting and maintaining one of the estate gardens designed by well-known landscape visionary Bryant Fleming
Aid in restoring one of the many fountains around the Guest House campus
Offer your time to help out at an event
Share your talents and time with Guest House by participating on a committee, planting and maintaining one of our many gardens, helping out with an event or restoring a fountain.
At Guest House, we consider volunteers an invaluable resource. Additional volunteer opportunities are available to fit your ideas and skills. Let’s talk. Contact Erika Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 248-393-8933.