Just under 60 of Reba’s Ranch House volunteers, along with staff and friends gathered together for the House’s 3rd Annual Recognition and Awards Luncheon.
The luncheon honors volunteers who help serve others at Reba’s Ranch House and the community byhelping to provide a welcoming and comforting home away from home for families visiting loved ones in area hospitals.
Director Marilyn Bice recognized area churches and community groups who provide meals to families weekly. “This luncheon is held to serve you in honor of what you do to help the thousands of people who walk through our doors in need of hope and support each year”.
Denison Mayor, Jared Johnson presented the 2014 Outstanding Service Award to Cigna for their exemplary service to better the community. Cigna employees are on the clock while on-site at Reba’s Ranch House, reflecting a significant contribution from Cigna and their desire to help build our community and give back through sharing of the resources and talents.
Cigna volunteers fold laundry, clean windows, help with a wide range of administrative work, distribute wigs to cancer patients and shed tears with families staying at Reba’s Ranch House. They have even become a part of Reba’s Meal Ministry by bringing homemade dishes and donated items to the House.
This year also marked the 3rd announcement of Reba’s Ranch House Betty Holland Service Award. The Award was created to recognize a special volunteer that exemplifies the caring spirit and dedication of Betty Holland who gave of her time to the House for over twenty years from the time that the House opened until she retired from volunteering at the age of 92. This year’s award was presented to Billie Langley who has given outstanding dedication to staff and love to guests.
Reba’s Ranch House is a project of the Texoma Health Foundation. Reba’s Ranch House is a hospitality house made possible as a result of a dream and a long history of commitment by Reba McEntire. The House has opened its doors to those in need for over twenty years, providing a home away from home for family members who need to be by the side of a loved one while in an area hospital.
The House is unique in that there are very few facilities across the nation that offer a place for families regardless of age or circumstances. The House has served as a home away from home for over 28,900 families of hospital patients in the Texoma area. The House provides a comfortable and safe haven to guests who have found refuge through its doors in times of crisis.
The House has twelve private guest rooms and shared living quarters, including a full kitchen, playroom and library. Thanks to local churches participating in meal ministries, the House also provides warm meals each week to guests. To learn more about the Texoma Health Foundation or Reba’s Ranch House, visit www.texomahealth.org