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Lisa Copen, Founder of Rest Ministries which serves the chronically ill, shares about mothering, illness, ministry and more.

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MS Society Reaches Out Where People Need it!

My assistant Kara sent this announcement to me about how on Saturday, May 30, 2009 from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. the National MS Society, Oklahoma Chapter presents “What a Difference a Day Makes! MS Service Day!

I love seeing this kind of outreach to people with chronic illness because it helps them right where they need it the most — in the practical things.

The announcement says…

If you are living with MS and need a helping hand around the house, MS Service Day volunteers are here to help!

This MS Service Day will take place on Saturday, May 30, 2009 from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Volunteers from our Chapter will divide into teams and complete projects for or provide friendly visitation to people living with MS in Oklahoma.

Some of the projects volunteers can assist with include:

  • Yard work
  • Small household repairs
  • Cleaning gutters (1-story homes only)
  • De-cluttering house or garage
  • Painting
  • Cleaning out and organizing closets
  • Moving furniture
  • Packing and storing items in garage or attic
  • Heavy cleaning
  • Transporting donated items to thrift shop
  • Handyman chores
  • Running errands


  • A personal visit to your home, assisted living or nursing home.

Some people who have led HopeKeepers Groups in the past have said they have put out sign up sheets for (“healthier”) volunteers to be HopeKeepers Helpers and have had a good number of people volunteer.

I thought I would pass this along for those who live in the Oklahoma area. But I also wanted to offer the form they designed to figure out what people needed and cover insurance purposes as an example for those who may be organizing “helpers” in their church or community.


One of the things that I created at Rest Ministries, which offers a fun way to offer people help is our JOY (Just Offering You) coupons. These are a great resource for churches, friends, anyone who wants to provide a friendly tool to connect people who need help with those that can offer it.