Lunch @ Caring House

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We’re “crash testing” this, and this is a draft. Please provide your feedback using the Leave a Reply / Comments section below.


  • have a small group visit the house for lunch
  • sandwiches and drinks would be provided by Caring House (will set aside part of our outreach funds)
  • our conference room is the likely best place, where we can seat a maximum of 8
  • at least 2 of the attendees would be Caring House representatives (logistics plus at least one spokesperson), leaving room for 4 or 5 outsiders
  • we could tour the house
  • we can get people talking about their experiences
  • rather than a powerpoint type show or formal presentation, we can just have a discussion and help create a better understanding of the work of Caring House
  • it will likely be attractive to attendees to know that they’ll get a chance to meet new folks from the community (attendees)
  • Who do we want to attend? A starter list,
    • Community leaders
    • Existing and potential donors
    • Existing and potential volunteers
    • Members of our Circle of Advisors
    • Persons who can connect Caring House more broadly in the elder care / hospice care fields
    • A few examples suggested by Ellen Tarlow
      • De De Hicks – volunteer center
      • rotary presidents or reps
      • kiwanis presidents or reps
      • chamber of commerce types
      • church/synagogues/mosques – lay and professional leaders
      • city officials from all south bay cities
      • of course, all hospices servicing our area

The consensus of the core volunteer group was to start out with Wednesdays, from 11:30 am to 1 pm. The first lunch will be July 1, 2015.

We all need to be thinking of possible attendees, and be prepared to invite them.

In terms of an “official” spokesperson, at least one board member and/or Karen (RCM) should be at each lunch.


The Calendar has been moved to be a Google Sheet. Click here to view and/or update the Calendar.

Sample email invitation (cut and paste)

Subject: Hoping you’re available for Lunch @ Caring House

[invitee name]

Now that the major renovation is done, we’re ready to show off Caring House.

To do that, the Caring House volunteers are hosting “Lunch @ Caring House” – and I hope you’ll be able to attend.

The lunches are an opportunity to tour the home, sit down and connect with supporters and discuss how to make Caring House the best community service it can be.

Attendees will include a mix of community leaders, elder care, hospice and other professionals, and existing Caring House donors and volunteers.

Each Lunch is scheduled from 11:30 am to 1 pm. The dates for July are all Wednesdays.
• July 8
• July 15
• July 22
• July 29

Are you available for one of those dates? We love to have you visit.
Please let me know your availability for any of those dates, and we’ll save you a place.
If you’d rather visit Caring House at a different time, let me know that.

Wishing you the very best,


  1. CH Staff
    June 25, 2015 @ 9:30 am

    Testing the Comments section

    • Jill
      June 25, 2015 @ 10:19 am

      This looks good. The purpose is for us to self-schedule? Add people to certain days? Sign up for a day? just send you potential attendees? Jill

    • Donna larrivee
      June 25, 2015 @ 10:24 am

      No attendee suggestions at this time, but I would be interested in helping with logistics on the 7/8 date.

      • Edward Long
        June 25, 2015 @ 2:59 pm

        Hi Jill,
        I’d like us to be able to self-schedule, but this software doesn’t do that.
        It would be great if a volunteer took on the responsibility of scheduling / coordinating.
        Yes, suggest people for certain days, Sign up for a day. Send potential attendees.

      • Edward Long
        June 25, 2015 @ 3:00 pm

        Hi Donna,
        Have added you to July 8. Thanks.

  2. Edward Long
    June 25, 2015 @ 2:09 pm

    Steve Densmore would like to bring friend Mari Sharai to July 8 lunch; Steve will help with logistics

  3. Karen
    June 25, 2015 @ 6:42 pm

    Please add Lauren Spiglanin Care Manager/Elder Care Specialist and her partners Kristin and Laurie for lunch on July 15th please.
    Thank you.

    • Edward Long
      June 26, 2015 @ 8:02 am

      Done. What company does Lauren, Kristin and Laurie represent?

      • Karen
        June 30, 2015 @ 5:51 pm

        Lauren is the founder of Family Connect Care- an elder care services; the others are her working partners

  4. Donna Larrivee
    July 2, 2015 @ 2:35 pm

    I have a guest for this Wednesday. She is a lovely elderly friend who knows who you are from HELP, I believe. Bernice Parham is her name. She is a nurse and Social worker and volunteers pain playing at Torrance Memorial on Fridays. Her husband Archer is a physician in his 90’s with Parkinsons. I helped her design her shower room for Archer and we’ve been friends ever since. I’ve been wanting to bring her over and she thinks the lunch would be a perfect way to learn more and pass the info on to her many ill and aging friends. I told her to arrive at 11:30.

    • Edward Long
      July 3, 2015 @ 1:02 pm

      Excellent. Bernice’s spot is reserved. Click on the link under Calendar above to see if I’ve gotten things right for July 8. Ed

  5. Donna Larrivee
    July 2, 2015 @ 2:39 pm

    She plays PIANO, not pain, at Torrance Memorial!