Our Mission: To provide a home-like environment where people at the end of life may live fully, receiving compassionate and competent care from professional, volunteer and family caregivers.
Our Care: Residents and their families receive individualized care that addresses their physical, emotional, spiritual, psychological and social needs. Hospice caregivers help control pain and symptoms so residents can live each day more comfortably and with dignity.
Our Vision: To be a community leader and resource for end of life care issues.
Honoring Veterans Veterans represent one-third of all residents served at Omega House. We are honored to serve these residents and have established a special fund to assist in providing care to any veteran in need of local hospice care.
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Prior to purchasing your tickets on-line, please call Omega House at (906) 482-4438 or e-mail michael.lutz@omega-house.org to inquire if tickets are still available. Thank you.

Drawing April 28, 2017!
Omega House will hold a sweepstakes for that Vacation of Your Dreams, and in exchange, funds we raise will pay for furnishings in our new Respite Care Room. Tickets are $40/each and only 300 tickets will be sold. Cash prizes to be awarded for 2nd and 3rd prize drawings. Purchase tickets on our website by clicking the Donate tab or call 906-482-4438 and ask for Mike or Carol.

Michigan Chapter of U.P Credit Unions Donate To Omega House
January 11, 2017

Michigan Tech Employees Federal
Credit Union president/CEO,
Duane Aho, (pictured left) presents
a donation of $1500 to Mike Lutz,
Executive Director,
of Omega House in Houghton.

The U. P. Chapter of MCUL held its annual charity golf outing on Thursday, August 25th at the Terrace Bluff Country Club in Gladstone, Michigan. 116 representatives from the Upper Peninsula area credit unions and 21 sponsors attended the event. It is with their assistance we were able to raise $6000 to benefit various hospice organizations across the Upper Peninsula. The 2016 charities are Hospice of the Eastern U.P., Bay De Noc Hospice, Trillium House, and Omega House.

On November 29th, Michigan Tech Employees Federal Credit Union president/CEO, Duane Aho, (pictured left) presents a donation of $1500 to Mike Lutz, Executive Director, of Omega House in Houghton. Golf Committee Chairman, Rick Gatiss from the Upper Michigan Community Credit Union, said “The golf for charity event is in its 10th year and each year our committee selects a different agency or organization to support. This year’s funds were used to support the four hospice organizations across the Upper Peninsula”.

In accepting the donation, Mike Lutz, stated “To see such support of Omega House is amazing. It means our house is well known in our local communities, and that organizations across the Upper Peninsula realize that what we do is special. Omega House has been in existence for 11 years caring for over 450 terminally ill U.P residents. We provide compassionate and affordable care to anyone in need regardless of their financial situation. This donation helps promote the quality of life to someone during their final journey”.

IRS End-of-Year Gift Tips
December 05, 2016
Below are IRS offered tips on how to document various 2016 charitable gifts. Gifts to qualified non-profit organizations such as Omega House are deductible. Taxpayers may use IRS Select Check on www.irs.gov to know if a charity is qualified.

1. IRS Charitable Rollovers
– If you are over 70½, you may make an IRA rollover gift by contacting your IRA custodian. The IRA custodian will make a transfer directly to charity. This will not be reported in your income and therefore is not an itemized deduction. The transfer may fulfill your required minimum distribution (RMD). This IRA charitable rollover is especially attractive if you do not itemize charitable deductions or have high income.

2. Monetary Gifts
– You must have a bank record or written statement from the charity to qualify for itemizing your deduction. These gifts may include cash, checks, electronic fund transfers, credit card gifts and payroll deduction gifts. For payroll deduction gifts, you should retain a paystub, W-2 or other employer statement. You will need a contemporaneous written acknowledgement (receipt) if your gifts are over $250 to one charity.

3. Property Gifts – Clothing or household items gifted to charity must be in "good used or better" condition. If the household goods are valued over $500, it is an option for you to obtain a qualified appraisal. Once again, you will need a contemporaneous written acknowledgement if the gifts are over $250 in value. The gift of household goods receipt must include a property description. Generally, if you give property (other than public stock or bonds) to charity with value over $5,000, you must have an appraisal by a qualified appraiser and include IRS Form 8283 with your tax return.

4. Donor Benefit Gifts – If you make a gift to charity and receive a donor benefit in return, gifts over $75 require specific documentation. You must reduce the value of the gift by the benefit received. For example, if you attend a charity dinner that has a value of $25 and buy a ticket for $100, you may deduct $75.

5. Good Records – The IRS has specific explanations of all of these principles on www.irs.gov. Pub. 526 Charitable Contributions is particularly helpful if you have questions on how to document your gifts. You also may search for "Can I Deduct My Charitable Contributions?" on the IRS website.

Econo Cares
December 01, 2016
Omega House has recently signed up for the “Econo Cares” program through Econo Foods in Houghton. The “Econo Cares’ program is an easy way for you to contribute to Omega House by saving your Econo Food receipts. We ask that you bring or mail your receipts to Omega House at your convenience. The Omega House will earn 1% cash of total in receipts two times per year. If you have any questions please call Mike at the Omega House at (906) 482-4438.

Calumet High School Students Build Omega House Storage Shed
November 30, 2016

Mark Bonenfant with his students in front
of the new Omega House storage shed

When Mike Lutz, Executive Director, of Omega House in Houghton told Mark Bonenfant that Omega House needed more storage space, Mark, who teaches Industrial Education at Calumet High School, rallied his students to the call. Saying, “What a great way for our students to learn skills and contribute to the community at the same time.” Mark and his 15 students began to design and build a shed. Mark then called on 41 Lumber in Laurium to be involved and 41 Lumber donated all of the lumber and supplies.

A big thank you also goes out to Steve Terrian, owner, of Superior Service in Atlantic Mine for transporting the shed to its site at the Omega House. Asked about their contribution, Chuck Junot at 41 Lumber said, very simply, “Because it’s a good thing to do. Many of us have a history with Omega House, and it is our way to say ‘thank you’.”

Portage Health Auxiliary Awards Donation to Omega House
May 2, 2016

Michael Lutz, Omega House executive director,
receiving a check
from Barb Worrall, president of the
Portage Health Auxiliary

Portage Health Auxiliary has given a donation to Omega House to purchase seven Evacusleds. On March 22, Barb Worrall, president of the Portage Health Auxiliary presented a check for $6,772 to Michael Lutz, Executive Director of Omega House.

“Evacusleds” are devices with tiny wheels that fit under bed mattresses. In an emergency that would require evacuating a bed-ridden patient, an evacusled is a device that allows one person to move a patient by transforming the bed into a sled. The “sled” is then pulled across the floor to safety in short order, saving critical time and energy. Evacusleds mount onto the bed and do not affect the patient’s comfort.

On receiving this generous donation, Mike Lutz said, “The safety of our residents is at the top of our priorities. Evacusleds will allow us to reassure residents and family members that their loved ones are receiving the safest and most compassionate care at all times. The Portage Health Auxiliary has always been a great supporter of Omega House and this gift allows us to provide the quality of life each one of our residents deserves.”

Omega House Welcomes Michael Lutz, Executive Director
January 21, 2016

Michael Lutz, new executive director of
Omega House, together with
Deb Young, Omega House president

January 2016 brought a new era to Omega House, as we welcome Mike Lutz as our first executive director. Since 2005, our volunteer board of directors has been a “working board,” actively involved with the operations of the house. Last summer, Ray Weglarz informed the board he was planning to retire as director of community and donor relations. The executive committee and full board evaluated options on how to best replace Ray’s position and meet the immediate needs and long term vision of the House to serve our community. (See Strategic Vision 2020 document on our web page).

Deb Young, president of the Omega House board, said “The board decided it was time for an executive director. After a long search process, Mike was hired. He will oversee all aspects of house operations, as well as donor and community relations. Mike will work closely with our house manager, Mary Kay Grabig, who oversees resident care, admissions, our volunteer program, supervising and hiring staff and bookkeeping.”

Mike is a homegrown Copper Country resident. He grew up in the Calumet area and graduated from Calumet High School and Michigan Tech. Mike has spent nearly 30 years working in health care, where he worked for Mercy Ambulance, Apria and most recently for the Baraga County Memorial Hospital as director of revenue cycle. He draws on his strength in customer service and finance. He has been an active member of the community, lives in Houghton with his wife, Sue and dog Sonny. Golf and snowmobiling are at the top of his outside interests.

Ray will continue to volunteer his time and will rejoin the board of directors. He said, “Working with our donors and community to further the mission of Omega House has been a wonderful experience during the past 5 years. I am blessed to be part of this organization and to have worked closely with so many giving people who are generous with their time, talents and resources. Our staff and volunteers are inspirational. The compassion they display for our residents and their family members is humbling.” As a former hospice nurse and founding board member Ray will continue to speak in our community about the importance of caring for our elders and advocating for hospice care.

Please join with us in welcoming our new executive director, Mike Lutz. We look forward to our future and realizing our expanded vision: “To be a community leader and resource for end of life care.”

$5,000 Gift from Keweenaw Community Foundation for Advance Care Planning
January 21, 2016

KCF executive director Jim Vivian presents
Omega House executive director Mike Lutz
with a $5000 grant for advance
care planning.

We are pleased to continue our partnership with the Keweenaw Community Foundation (KCF) to promote Advance Care Planning (ACP) in our community. In 2015 the KCF provided a $10,000 grant that allowed Omega House to print and distribute free ACP resource materials to members of the community and health care providers. This year we have received a $5,000 grant from KCF to continue to promote ACP in our area at no charge to individuals, families or health care providers.

Advance Care Planning is a “process” which includes discussing personal choices for health care and end-of-life care, designating a “health care advocate” who you trust to honor your choices and documenting and communicating those choices in writing to your health care providers and family members. It is important to remember that your health care advocate only speaks for you if you are not able to communicate yourself. Omega House has trained ACP facilitators who are available to assist you and your loved ones through the ACP process that allows you to discuss, document, and share personal choices for health and end-of-life care.

“We are delighted in receiving this funding from the Keweenaw Community foundation for our Advance Care Planning initiative,” said new Omega House Executive Director, Mike Lutz. “Our strategic vision is to be a community leader in advance care planning. We believe advance care planning is a cornerstone for providing quality person-centered health care.” Through this partnership, the “Five Wishes” ACP forms have been made available to the community at the KCF and Omega House offices. Five Wishes is an easy to use, readily accessible, and legally-binding ACP form that takes into account the individual’s personal, emotional, and spiritual needs as well as his or her medical wishes—putting them firmly in control of their care.

The five thousand dollar grant came from KCF’s Herman Gundlach Fund, named after the late Herman "Winks" Gundlach. Winks championed the cause of end-of-life dignity and autonomy—with hospice and palliative care as well as the “Living Will”, or Advanced Care Directive. Jim Vivian, Executive Director of KCF, said, “Improving the quality of life in our area also means improving the quality of end-of-life, and we could not be prouder of this initiative.”

For more information on advance care planning, or if you would like to schedule a 5 Wishes discussion, please call Carol Pfefferkorn or Kathy Abbott, Omega House ACP facilitators at carolpf@omega-house.org, or Mike Lutz at michael.lutz@omega-house.org.

Goodbye and Hello – House Manager Changes
March 31, 2015

New House Manager of Omega House,
Mary Kay Grabig.

In December we said goodbye to Mary Herlevich who retired from her position as House Manager. We are grateful for her leadership. Throughout our first nine years, Mary oversaw the operations of the House, and guided our aides and volunteers in the care of over 360 residents. We will also miss her sense of humor and the laughter she brought to the House. Thank you Mary for your loyal service.

Our new House Manager is Mary Kay Grabig, who joined us from the Torch Lake Federal Credit Union where she served as CEO and was employed the past twenty five years. Mary Kay shares, “My mother Marilyn Hon was one of the early residents of Omega House. I know from first-hand experience how important it is to provide support for our residents and their families. I am committed to helping continue the Omega House tradition of providing competent and compassionate care.” Mary Kay lives in Laurium with her husband Dan and daughter Gwendolyn. She has 2 sons, Darren ( Joni) and Jeff and a step-son Josh (Emma) who is serving in the Air Force overseas. Welcome Mary Kay!

Superior Health Foundation Awards Major Grant to Omega House
March 26, 2015

Representatives from UP non-profits
receiving grants at the SHF inaugural awards at NMU.

The Superior Health Foundation (SHF) recently awarded Omega House a grant for $25,956. Guy St. Germain, Omega House board member and Raymond Weglarz, Development Director, attended the SHF inaugural awards event in Marquette to accept the award. Representatives from 25 UP non-profit organizations were on hand to receive awards at the celebration at which SHF awarded more than $321,000 non-profit organizations committed to improving health care and access to care and services to those in need across the UP.

Ray said. “We are thrilled to receive this award which will directly help our residents who are not able to pay for the full cost of their care. We are most grateful to Jim Lajoie, SHF Executive Director and their entire board for this generous gift, it is the largest grant we have every received. We remain committed to providing care to anyone in need, regardless of their financial circumstances and this award will help us to do that.”

The SHF is a “conversion foundation,” created after the sale of MGH to LifePoint. SHF has a UP wide mission and vision - “To assist with unmet healthcare needs, with health education, and with programs and research on preventing illness and promoting health.” For more information about the SHF and their granting programs visit superiorhealthfoundation.org, or contact Jim LaJoie at 906-225-6914.

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