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Serving Southwest Michigan

(269) 720-7605

October 26, 2017

Today I placed my first grocery order with Shipt for shopping at Meijer's.  Some of my A Single Ray of Hope LLC clients have been asking if I've used it so I thought I best give it a go.  I placed my order at 5:30 pm and requested the delivery window between 7:00 pm - 8 pm.  I must admit I was pretty geeked about this since I am normally the one doing the shopping for my clients.  

The Shipt application is easy to use.  As soon as I placed my order I received a message telling me my shopper's name was Briana which included her photo.  At 6:26 pm, Briana texted me introducing herself and saying she was heading to Meijer's.  At 7:01 pm, I received a text saying an item I requested wasn't available and she offered me an alternate which I accepted.  At 7:05 pm she texted saying she had everything on the list and was heading to check-out.  At 7:20 pm she texted saying the order was complete and she was on her way.  She arrived at 7:33 pm with my groceries and a smile.

I asked if I could take her photo for my blog and gave her my business card so she wouldn't think I was a stalker or something!  I asked a few questions about how she liked working for Shipt and she said she loved it.  She works a day job and does this in her "spare time".

I must say that I was quite impressed.  I loved the is exactly how I would be communicating with my own clients if I was doing their shopping.  All the items I ordered were correct and in good shape.

I am an Mperks user and was thrilled to see that I could connect that to my Shipt account.  So prior to placing my order, I reviewed the coupons available on Mperks to be sure I ordered whatever sale items I wanted.  I am also a Meijer's credit card holder so of course that is how I pay at Meijer's as they offer good rewards and offer a .10 off on each gallon of Meijer's gas which helps with all the miles I drive for my business. It's a WIN WIN WIN!

If you'd like to sign up for a your own Shipt membership...Feel free email me your address and I'll send you a link through Shipt which will give both you and I a $10 bonus.  My email is or fill out the Contact Form on my website Home Page.

Thanks, Briana!  Thanks, Shipt!  




A Single Ray of Hope celebrates 16 years of being in business in July 2022!  How is this even possible? It is an amazing milestone for me and I am extremely proud and a veteran and woman-owned business.

Where did the idea come from to open a Concierge Service in Portage, Michigan? Well, myself and two dear friends would gather over frozen strawberry dacquiri's and making jewelry while brainstorming businesses to go into. My friends chose other routes and were equally as successful in their career paths, while I pursued opening A Single Ray of Hope's Personal Assistant & Concierge Service. 

Still today, I love being of service to people. I am blessed to meet and work for a wide variety of clients. Individuals of all walks of life....some working professionals both with and without families, retired seniors and their adult children, various businesses and more. I love getting to know people and hearing about their fascinating lives. My reward is knowing that my service is giving them the ability to focus on what is most important to them. It's about the value of time and how they choose to spend it while handing of their TO DO List to a trusted business.

I started my business as a way of giving back to others. My youngest son has special needs and many family and friends helped guide us over the years, providing respite, words of encouragement, providing helpful information of where to go for services and assistance. The takes a village is true. Others helped us and I wanted to help others in return.

Another reason for my business is I saw my mother who raised thirteen children end up struggling later in life with Alzheimers. I'd visit her in her nursing home and this really how life should be for a women who worked so hard to put her children through catholic school by donating her artistic time & talents, staying up late at night just to have a little peace & quiet, stretching a dollar beyond belief, and raising a good family? Mom's put themselves last, we do it willingly but in the end, we are doing a dis-service to ourselves and our families. I thought life shouldn't have to be this hard. How about a providing a service so that people could enjoy life more instead of running in a hundred directions?

Many times, I don't see a lot of my clients....I'm in and out of their home during the day while they are at work. Shopping is done, errands done, dry cleaning is hanging in their closet, meals prepped or cooked, prescriptions picked up, library books returned, service people have been to the home such as plumbers, etc. My business gives my clients some breathing room and that is how life should be lived. 

You get the picture. It's about work life balance and peace of mind....for both myself and my clients.  Life is short....take time to smell the flowers.