A Rosie Place for Children embraced by South Bend area groups

Variety of donations benefit hospital for medically fragile youngsters


Small gifts and big hearts.

The holidays and the season of giving are nearly upon us. In the spirit of the season, several clubs have taken A Rosie Place under their wings and have made donations. A Rosie Place is a not-for-profit hospital that serves medically fragile children. The hospital, which opened in 2010, offers respite care for children.

Rosie’s people could not be happier with groups and people who are recognizing the important work. Tieal Bishop, executive director, said the community has embraced the hospital, and people from every walk of life have contributed.

For example, she said, RARE ND, a Notre Dame club raising awareness and knowledge about rare and neglected diseases through lectures and activities, had a 5K run and raised $500 for Rosie.

Another Notre Dame donation came from the Hockey Alumni. The group gave a donation in honor of Lefty Smith for his work with children.

But let’s back up to two groups that have made an appearance in this space before – quilters and carvers.

Remember last summer when the River Bend Quilt Guild was completing a queen-sized rainbow quilt that would be donated to a local 501.c.3 nonprofit charity? The charity could then raffle it.

Several charities were considered by the guild, but Rosie won out in voting. A few members of the guild ventured forth to the cornfields of Warren Township to deliver the quilt and get a mini-tour of the facility. Guild president Donna Wentzel said the membership thought it was the best place for the quilt.

Tieal said they were truly humbled by the gift.

Now on to the woodcarvers. The Council Oak Woodcarvers Club is selling hand-carved Christmas ornaments and the proceeds will go to A Rosie Place. The handiwork is available every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Chocolate Café, 122 S. Michigan St., South Bend. For $5 or $10, you can own a delightful ornament and help the cause.

The woodcarvers also will be selling at the downtown First Friday event from 5 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 1 in the Chocolate Café.

Last year, the Council Oak gang raised $1,000 for a special wheelchair. Brent Hemmerlein, president, would like to match that for the hospital. “Club member Terry Mersich suggested the hospital. We thought it would be a pretty worthy cause. The members enjoy giving back and finding an outlet for their art.”

Terry Mersich said her daughter, Jodie Cruickshank, works for REAL Services and she made the initial suggestion. “A Rosie Place looks out for those children and we need to help.”

If you’d like to get more information, visit arosieplace.org.

Contact Kathy at kfborlik@yahoo.com.

Chick-Fil-A Main Street

Chick Fil A Main Street (Located in Mishawaka, IN)  has chosen A Rosie Place as one of it's 2016 non-profit community partners! What an amazing honor for us! Last night we were able to treat our hard working team with a fabulous spread of EVERYBODY's favorite food at our staff meeting. We were so busy relishing our delicious meal, enjoying each other, discussing improvements, and planning ahead for our programs serving children who are medically fragile, that we forgot to get a picture of all the smiles! We can't thank Chick-fil-A Main Street enough for their kindness. If you happen to be there (and we know you will!) be sure to tell them thank you for supporting A Rosie Place this way

Sweethearts Ball

       A Rosie Place 4th annual Sweethearts Ball is February 13, 2016! This event is an amazing opportunity to dress up, enjoy a wonderful meal with friends, dance the night away AND support A Rosie Place!

        The event will be held at Hilton Garden Inn in South Bend and again features the band Blammo!  Cocktails and Hors d'oeuvres will be served at 6pm and dinner served at 7pm! Tickets are $125 for singles and $250 for couples!  Reserve your table for 8 for $1,000.  Sponsor a Table for $1,500.Call Tieal Bishop for details! 574-315-6283


Dodging4Dollars is a week away (Wednesday, December 30)! There is still time to register your team to participate in the dodge ball tournament at Stanley Clark School! Click Here or call Mickey Doyle at (574) 607-2999 for more information! 

REMEMBER: only pre-registered players are guaranteed an event t-shirt! 

December 2015 Events

Its a Wonderful Life at A Rosie Place 2015

It's a Wonderful Life at A Rosie Place was this past Saturday and we had a blast! We made so many new and lasting memories with our families and got to meet many new ones! 

Check out the WNDU News article and the South Bend Tribune Article about the event! 


Youth For O'hana (Y40) is hosting it's 7th dodgeball tournament at Stanley Clark School in South Bend!  Contact Mickey Doyle at 574-607-2999 or mdoyle@stanleyclark.org or CLICK HERE  for more information!


Its A Wonderful Life

Its A Wonderful Life At A Rosie Place open house is THIS SATURDAY , from 10am to 3pm! This event is for ALL A Rosie Place families and any family caring for a child with special needs (age 15yrs and younger)!  

Please feel free to call us with any questions 574-235-8899

14 Days Until...

Join the worldwide #GivingTuesday movement on December 1st and help redefine the giving spirit this holiday season! Donate to A Rosie Place


"#GivingTuesday is a movement to celebrate and provide incentives to give—the 2015 iteration will be held on December 1, 2015. This effort harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners—nonprofits, businesses and corporations as well as families and individuals—to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. #GivingTuesday inspires people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they celebrate and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday harnesses the power of social media to create a global moment dedicated to giving around the world." -GivingTuesday


Great NonProfits

Only 3 MORE DAYS to give A Rosie Place a review! Click the link below to tell us what you think! 


Trail of Treats

This THURSDAY, October 29 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm, office and clinical staff will be hosting a treat trail for our families with medically fragile children here at the house!

This is an opportunity to meet many of our clinical staff who will be attending an all staff meeting following the trail of treats at 6:30. There will be cookies, and refreshments! 


Save The Date

December 12th-Its A Wonderful Life OPEN HOUSE At A Rosie Place is from 10am to 3pm! This event is for ALL A Rosie Place Families and ALL families with a special needs child (15 years old and younger) 

 December 30th- Dodging4Dollars at Stanley Clark School Gym! (More information coming soon! 

News Flash!

Play Group

O'Hana4Me Playgroup:  Next play group is THIS SATURDAY, October 17th at 11:00am to 12:30pm at A Rosie Place! There are only two play groups left this year, so make sure to RSVP to join the fun. 

October 17th and November 14th -  RSVP at ohana4me@outlook.com and don't forget to join the play group on Facebook!


Did you know you can check out our archived newsletters from years past?  Click here to check them out! 

October 2015 Everything Rosie Newsletter is ready! Enjoy getting an update on us! 

Like Us

Have you liked us on Facebook or followed us on Instagram or Twitter yet?! It's the best way to keep updated with what's going on at A Rosie Place. 

Treat Trail

On Thursday, October 29 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm, office and clinical staff will be hosting a treat trail for the kiddos here at the house! Come dressed in your costumes! 

Check out these awesome costumes we saw on pinterest! 

Community Events/Resources

-Zombie Bash: October 31, 2015 noon to 2pm at Stepan Center (University of Notre Dame Campus North End by Douglas Road. Email Badin@nd.edu or call/text Troy at 732-539-0974 for more information!

-A.S.K. Roadmap to Special Education: Laws and Process workshop at A Rosie Place on October 20, 2015 8:30am to 4:00pm. For more information go to www.aboutspecialkids.org or call 800-964-4746.

Great Nonprofits

If you love our work then tell the world! You have an opportunity to help us make even more of a difference in our community. GreatNonprofits-a review site like TripAdvisor-is honoring highly reviewed nonprofits with their 2015 Top-Rated Awards. Won't you help us raise visibility for our work by posting a review of your experience with us? All reviews will be visible to potential donors and volunteers. It’s easy and only takes 3 minutes!  Please post your reviews this month to help us earn the Great Non Profits badge!

Go to http://greatnonprofits.org/reviews/a-rosie-place-ohana-heritage-foundation-inc to get started!

New Staff

We are so happy to announce two new full time staff members! 

Denise Fithian is our new Director of Clinical Services, and we can’t wait for you to meet her!  She comes to us with over 30 years of clinical experience ranging from NICU, PICU, pediatric surgery, general pediatrics and outpatient surgery. She has a passion for pediatrics and looks forward to getting to know you and your child.   If you would like to contact her, you can reach her directly at 574-235-8890 or denise@arosieplace.org.


Some of you have met Meghan Haab who has been part of our support staff on weekends and also has been involved in coordinating H.A.V.E.N.s and the Playgroup.  Meghan is a Certified Child Life Specialist and has moved into the full time position of Respite Care Coordinator. She comes to us with experience as an Applied Behavior Analysis Therapist, preschool teacher, and on a pediatric unit.  She is passionate about your kids and giving them an amazing experience during their stays at A Rosie Place.  She will be coordinating the respite stays, working with case managers, and training staff on how best to enrich your kiddo’s time when they are here.  She can be reached at 574-235-8899 or meghan@arosieplace.org


A Rosie Place has received such a wonderful gift!  An amazing women has generously donated a portable Snoezelen machine!  Enjoy the photos we took as we introduced it to our first group of kiddoes at our monthly playgroup!  A Snoezelen machine (a controlled multi-sensory environment) is designed to deliver stimuli to various senses, using lighting effects, color, sounds, music, scents, etc. Our Snoezelen is mounted on a movable cart so that we can use it anywhere in the house - bedside, library, living room...even in our mural decorated rotunda where the underwater scene is enhanced by the lights and bubbles and sounds from the Snoezelen.  You can be sure that it will be used and enjoyed by many children!  Our kids are aged birth to 21 and come to us with a vast range of abilities.  We cannot wait to see how each individual responds to it.  We are so grateful for this kind gift to our children! 


Local Florist names A Rosie Place as January Charity

We are so grateful to Flowers By Stephen who donated a portion of their January sales to A Rosie Place! They surprised us yesterday by delivering their generous gift in person WITH a beautiful bouquet of flowers! Thank you FLOWERS BY STEPHEN for supporting our community of families caring for a child who is medically fragile!!!

And thank you to all who purchased items this past month!


A Very Special Guest at this year's Sweethearts Ball!

We are so excited to feature our special guest at the 3rd annual Sweethearts Ball on February 14th at the Hilton Garden Inn, South Bend!  Jennifer Arnold, MD, MSc, FAAP will speak to guests about her experience as an advocate for neonatal and pediatric health.  Jennifer stars with her husband Bill, on the TLC docudrama, THE LITTLE COUPLE.  Dr. Arnold has spoken both nationally and internationally on healthcare simulation education and motivational talks on overcoming obstacles.  Please visit her blog to learn more about her life and work!

Click here to purchase tickets!

A Rosie Place Play Group IN THE NEWS!

A Rosie Place Play Group has been meeting for the past several months and was recently featured on the WSBT news.  Parent of a medically fragile child, Janelle Reese, started the group which meets one Saturday a month and is just for kids with medically complex conditions and limited mobility.  Each play group she plans amazing, fun, innovative activities for the children to enjoy together.  Parents participate with their child and smiles abound!  Contact A Rosie Place or Janelle directly at ohana4me@outlook.com to learn more.  

Visit WSBT to view

Download the flyer...for our Oct 11 and Nov 15 playgroup!


Our New Website is Here!

A Rosie Place launched its new website today. 

It's been a work in progress, and we still have a few tweaks to come. But we hope you find our new website clean and easy to navigate. We really hope you like it! Keep checking back to read the updates here in our news blog. 

Also, have you seen our new brochure? Come in and pick one up. (Okay, basically we just want to see your smiling face!)