Reaud Guest House Hospitalitea!

Reaud Guest House Hospitalitea!

Correction appended.

Ladies who lunch – and a few men – joined forces at the Reaud Guest House for a fundraising event April 26. The Albert E. and Gena Reaud Guest House is a nonprofit hospitality house that provides families with a home-away-from-home while their loved ones receive care at any local hospital, hospice or rehabilitation facility.

The guesthouse was established by the Reaud Family Foundation, the Beaumont Foundation of America and Beaumont Baptist Hospital to meet a need in the community. The hospitalization of a family member can put a tremendous amount of stress on a family; the stress is compounded when the hospital is a distance from the home.

Anyone can stay at the Reaud Guest House with the referral of a health-care worker involved with the patient’s care. “Our goal is to make our guests feel as comfortable as they are in their own home,” said Pat Griffith, director of Reaud Guest House. “We want to alleviate as much of the stress as we can and help our guests focus on the important issues. We offer comfortable rooms, a business center with computers, kitchen with a refrigerator and microwave, laundry facilities and donated snacks.”

The guesthouse charges a nominal rate for overnight stays but will not turn away a family in need, according to Griffith. “We are grateful to local hospitals and donors who keep the door open to any one who needs our services.”

The guest speaker at the luncheon was LaRonda Daigle. Daigle is an independent executive senior sales director with Mary Kay Cosmetics. She is the No. 1 one sales associate for Mary Kay in Louisiana and has been the No. 2 associate in the world for the past two years.

Daigle pointed out to the volunteers that they make a difference in the lives of the people who come through the guesthouse. “You are the difference, by opening your heart and doing what you are called to do you keep families together when they are at their most vulnerable. Please don’t ever give up on this place, this dream.”

C. Edward Keller, president of the Reaud Guest House board of directors, thanked the volunteers and staff for creating the warm feeling that exists in the house. “Our volunteers are wonderful, willing to do anything to help our guests.”

Anyone interested in donating items to the guest house or volunteering their time are invited to contact Pat Griffith at 409-212-6500 or visit the Web site,

Correction: A version of this story published in the May 3, 2012, edition of The Examiner included an incorrect phone number, out-of-date Web address and misspelled the name of Reaud Guest House director Pat Griffith. We apologize for the errors and any inconvenience they might have caused.