Center for Respite Care Homeless Medical Recovery. Celebrating 15 years of service ~2003-2018

A 501C3 Non-Profit Organization

Center for Respite Care
1615 Republic Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Mail: P.O. Box 141301
Cincinnati, Ohio 45250
Tel:  (513) 621-1868
Fax:  (513) 621-1872

Transformation Awards 2017

On October 12, 2017, over 300 people gathered at the Cintas Center, and raised over $146,000 for The Center for Respite Care. The “Transformation Awards” event honors individuals and organizations who have transformed life for Cincinnatians. Honorees were selected based on their commitment to both The Center for Respite Care and improving life for adults who are ill and homeless.

Laurie Derks, CEO for The Center for Respite Care said. "The Center is honored that Fran Barrett, the Deaconess Association Foundation, The Franciscan Friars and Thomas Wanner have given their time, energy and resources to our organization. We rely on unwavering support of individuals and organizations. This level of commitment improves life for our most vulnerable. Our collective support gets folks on a positive track and into a more stable living situation. Special thanks to our event co-chairs Diana Klinedinst, Martha Schueler and Rebecca Beckstedt."

Event Co-Chairs, (L-R) Martha Schueler, Becky Beckstedt, Diana Klinedinst, Event MC, Local 12 News Anchor, Liz Bonis, Board Chair, Cary Hines

Honorary Annual Appeal Chair, FC Cincinnati Forward, Andrew Wiedeman

Former clients, Audrey and Rob, shared testimonials. Shown here with Chief Executive Officer, Laurel D. Nelson

Liz Bonis, Honoree, C. Francis Barrett, Cary Hines, Chair Elect, Ryan Hayes

Kathryn Woods and Tony Woods, Mr. Woods accepted the award for Deaconess Associations Foundation.

Fr. Bill Farris, OFM accepting the award for The Franciscan Friars of the Province of St. John the Baptist

Liz Bonis, Honoree, Pastor Thomas Wanner Volunteer of the Year, 2016 Honoree, Susan Shakley, Cary Hines

We remember

Thomas J. Klinedinst, Jr.

August 2, 1942 to July 4, 2017

Thomas J. Klinedinst, Jr.

A Transformation Awards 2015 honoree, Tom leaves a legacy of servant-leadership that has touched the lives of thousands in the greater Cincinnati area. His latest project, in collaboration with the Franciscan Friars, currently under construction, is the St. Anthony Center, located at Liberty & Republic Streets. It will house several, separate non-profit organizations, including the Center for Respite Care, for the benefit of those among the most in need in our community.


H.C.S Foundation

Western & Southern


Ina W. Broeman

University of Cincinnati



Arlene and Bob Niehaus

Standard Textile

Ginger and David Warner




St. Johns

Guardian Savings Bank  Union Savings Bank

Kim and Gary Heiman
Family Foundation

Home City Ice

Amy and George Joseph