Dec 4- Progress on the house! Here's Tom with a theodolite, staking out the corners of the residence last week. With our plans ready, we now have the perfect balance between bedrooms, family gathering areas, and therapy rooms. We have piles of straw bales ready to spread inside the marked perimeter to insulate the ground from freezing until groundbreaking in January. It will be an exciting year!
Nov 28- It's Cyber Monday-- are you shopping today on Amazon? Try Amazon Smile! Granite House is an approved charity, so if you shop online, you can trigger a small matching donation from Amazon for your purchases. Search Amazon Smile, and look for the place to enter a charity. Then, every time you shop, log in through the Amazon Smile link instead of the regular one. Same shopping experience, but for every $200 you spend, Granite House receives $1. Okay, that’s not much, but if 10 people do it, it buys a book of stamps. Over the course of a year, if 100 people spend $2000, we’ll get $1000, and that can make a real difference.
August 28- Just got the prints for the permits from the architect. The contractor will be filing for permits next week. It is going to be an exciting month! Watch for news of the groundbreaking coming up soon.
Nov 24- The Granite House property, November 2016.
The rooftops on the hill are the neighbors behind us. The house will be built at the highest point among the large oak trees and the lower field will be an accessible garden for residents, families, and visitors.
Nov 13- It's that time of year again! The annual Give to the Max Day is this Thursday, November 17th. Join with people all over the state to give generously to the nonprofit of your choice. Any gift of $10 or more made on that day is eligible for an hourly $1000 drawing, and two gifts of $10,000 are up for grabs as well! That’s a great way to make your gift go farther! In addition, we have a community match up to $4600 with funds from McGough Construction, Chuck & Joan Newman, Gladys & Frank Ritter, Kirk & Carla Dahl, the Raleigh Foundation, Swanson Homes, and an anonymous donor. Make your dollars count! The match is open until the end of the year or until filled. All gifts, whether by check, cash, PayPal from our website, or through the GiveMN site will be eligible for the match. We had a great first year with this opportunity in 2015, and we hope to raise at least $10,000 this time.
Sept 25- Our fall fundraiser is three weeks from today! Be sure to get your reservation in soon so you can join us at this great event. We are offering a fabulous Scandinavian buffet, an engaging speaker, beautiful music, a silent auction, and... Mimosas! Come out to Camrose Hill on Oct 16 and meet our board, staff and partners, learn about our mission, and help us get our operation up and running. Go to www.granitehousemn.org
for details and to make a reservation. This event is fully funded by the Thrivent Community-Landmark so 100% of your gifts go to Granite House.
UPDATES FROM OUR FACEBOOK PAGE for 2016: JULY-DEC
October 9- A busy day at the Granite House site! Tom is holding a slab of 200-year old silver maple from a tree on the property. He hired someone with a portable sawmill to saw the maple, oak, locust and black cherry logs into useable material. Working with advice from a cousin who is a master woodworker, the logs were left with the “live edge,” which adds value to the slabs and allows for beautiful, unique surface edges on table tops and furniture. Tom estimated there to be at least 1200 board feet, weighing over 6000 pounds. The plan is to store and dry it over the winter and work to incorporate these products into the Granite House interior cabinetry and furniture.
August 9- Here is our story by Mary Divine, which appeared on the front page of the St. Paul Pioneer Press on Sunday, August 7. We hope to reach families who need support and housing for loved ones, and raise awareness for this population. We also hope, of course, to encourage our friends to become donors!
(Photo by Jean Pieri)
Dec 18- Hope you are staying warm today! Here is a a photo of our board of directors, taken in October. For names and bios, see our website page "WHO WE ARE" and drop down to "OUR LEADERS." We are so fortunate to have such talent, experience, and dedication from these volunteers.
September 4- Big news! Our fall event is booking reservations now! Click on the cover photo to see the entire flyer. Join us for a beautiful afternoon at the farms of Camrose Hill in Stillwater, well known for its gardens, barns and quiet outdoor spaces, while you sip Mimosas from the cash bar, enjoy the Mill City String Quartet and bid on our silent auction. A fabulous Scandinavian buffet by DECO Catering will be served. Our program features Kevin Kling, a regular contributor on National Public Radio, who will share stories of his Minnesota childhood and his experience with disability. All proceeds will go to benefit Granite House, thanks to the full sponsorship of our partners at Thrivent Community-Landmark in Lake Elmo. To learn more and make a reservation, by Tuesday Oct. 4, please call Loretta at 651-779-9720 or go to www.granitehousemn.org.
DOWNLOAD AND PRINT A COPY OF THE FLYER HERE
August 21- The annual WALK for THOUGHT for the MN Brain Injury Alliance will be held on Saturday, September 17th.Our Granite House teams in 2014 and 2015 (pictured) raised over $2700 to benefit this worthy cause. One change this year: the Twin Cities event has moved to the Long Lake Regional Park in New Brighton. Please go to our Granite House page for more information: https://www.braininjurymn.org/fundra…/campaign/index.html/74
Sign up as a team member ONLY if you plan to walk with us. You can always just make a donation if you can’t come. If you walk with us, you get to wear one of our FABULOUS Granite House t-shirts! The walk begins at 10:00 but the event opens at 9:00 with free coffee and bagels, and we’ll take a group photo at 9:30. Please email me at email@example.com or call with any questions-- I will keep track of the team and contact you about t-shirts.
July 20- We are now on Generosity.com! A great way to raise funds for one big item at a time. Our goal is to raise $25,000 for a residential elevator. This is important to bring our residents to the lower level for therapy.We will have a mat table for range of motion, equipment for weight-bearing exercise, and a hydrotherapy tub and roll-in shower. Please share our link and help us get that elevator! Here is the link:
Nov. 6- Here is a photo of the Thrivent Community-Landmark group wearing their "Live Generously" shirts at the Camrose Hill fundraiser. What a great group of people who believe in what we are doing and are working hard to help us succeed. Thank you!
Above: Matthew Tintes and the Mill City String Quartet
Right: Our speaker, Kevin Kling.
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Look on the other Facebook drop-down page for the archived entries for 2015 and the first half of 2016.
A family-focused long-term care residence
Oct 25-Here are some photos of the fundraiser on Oct 16th.
What a perfect day we had! Lots of people to recognize:
Camrose Hill Flower Farm- a beautiful venue
Deco Catering- a fabulous Scandinavian buffet
Mill City String Quartet- lovely background music
Matthew Tintes- a solo musical blessing
Kevin Kling- our amazing speaker
Thrivent Community-Landmark- our sponsors
And all of our guests and donors! Thank you for coming!
Also many thanks to those who are still sending in donations
in support of our fall fundraising campaign. We appreciate
your faith in what we are doing for our community.
Nov 18- A great day yesterday--we received over $1100 in donations towards our $4600 match! It is still open until Dec 31st. All gifts from all sources will be matched. Thank you!
August 1-There are meetings with contractors at the land almost daily now. Here is Tom Kay from Swanson Homes on the left, with Tom Insley. They will work together on the project, using many of Tom Kay’s own team of sub-contractors, to start bidding on the plans. As soon as the final schematics are ready, permits will be pulled, and groundbreaking begins.
July 13- Hard to believe that just two years ago this month we were applying for our status as a MN nonprofit organization, just starting to gather our board of directors, and had just found the perfect property to build the residence. We have learned so much—most of all that we need to be patient because things always take longer than we think—and have met so many wonderful people along the way. By this time next year we will be looking at admissions and our grand opening. Thanks to you, our loyal supporters, for your faith in what we are doing.
Sept 18- Another great day with the Granite House team at the MN Brain Injury Alliance Walk for Thought yesterday! The event was in a new location, farther for some, closer for others. Aaron stayed home with his aide this time, but Tom brought Eva along to walk. We connected with some of our partners and made new friends, including Bernie the St. Bernard from HCMC. Thanks so much to those who came out and made donations to the Alliance on behalf of our team!
Dec 12- Did you know that you can make a donation of stock to Granite House? Giving appreciated stock can be a very cost-effective gift, especially if you have owned the stock for at least one year. PLUS we have a matching grant and your gift can be doubled. The gift is deductible at the full fair market value, and Granite House receives the appreciated amount. And, even though there may be a significant unrealized capital gain due to the increased value of the stock, neither you nor Granite House have to pay capital gains tax because of our 501(c)(3) Charity status. For more information, see the DONATE tab on our website or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to request the transaction details.