Group Recognition


Casa Gratitude Team


Administrative Assistant Volunteer Services

In 2011, the Casa Gratitude Team made the first official thank you call. Members of the team take time each month to make telephone calls to offer a simple thank you for a donation made, volunteer service given, or for attendance to a special community event. In early May 2017, the Gratitude Committee celebrated an impressive milestone. They completed 10,000 thank you calls. When the calls began, people on the receiving end were surprised and a bit shocked that they were receiving a personal thank you with no strings attached. The Casa Gratitude Team is a joyful, grateful group of people who convey a smile with every call they make. Surely, they are brightening the lives of many community members. Today the Franciscan Renewal Center is making a virtual call to celebrate our volunteers. With joyful hearts, we celebrate our Casa Gratitude Team and say; “THANK YOU” for all you do to exemplify a spirit of gratitude and joy.

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