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Serving Southwest Michigan

(269) 720-7605

October 27, 2018

Tonight I am attending a Halloween potluck party tonight and later we will travel to Kalamazoo to welcome the veteran's back from their Honor Flight trip to Washington D.C.  So I opened my pantry to decide what to make for the potluck.  I quickly summise that I don't have the ingredients for the recipe I wanted so I place a quick Shipt order. While in the pantry earlier, I saw that there was a hot chocolate packet that had opened and spilled everywhere.  I decide to clean out the pantry as it was long overdue.  

As I examined the items on each shelf, I realize that many of the items were outdated and needed to be pitched.  Yikes...that was humbling because I work with seniors all the time who have a lot of outdated food. Here I was needing to take my own advice!  There were expired canned goods, baking soda and powder from the dark ages, spices with price tags on them that indicated they were from the good old days, oils that hadn't been used in eons.  I honestly don't cook much so it shouldn't have been surprising but...

Am I a senior already?  How could this be?  I'm the baby of the family...the 13th child.  I did get a notice this past week about a high school reunion coming up in 2019. I literally had to do the math.  Say what? The 40th reunion?  I don't feel thaaaat old!  But, life is good and life does goes on.  Let's focus on how awesome it feels to have this pantry cleaned out, shelf liner put in, and how cool it will be to witness the veteran's returning from a meaningful trip to honor their service.



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.