Caring Neighbors is a non-profit organization established by residents of Rose Hill who want to stay in their homes for as long as possible as they age with the confidence and security of knowing that help is available to them.
We provide non-emergency support, services, and resources that help our community so that we may live healthy and meaningful lives in our own homes.
Treasurer - Mary Ann Burgeson and her husband Glenn moved to Rose Hill from the Chicago area in 1994, where she served on the State Board of the League of Women Voters as director of televised Senatorial debates. She was a lobbyist for the Illinois Association of School Boards for ten years and since moving here has taught ESL classes and served on the Session and Building Committee of Lowcountry Presbyterian Church. She and Glenn have two children, one of whom lives in Rose Hill with her family.
Resource Development - GinnyLee Chalmers is a Physical Therapist, working at Bluffton-Okatie Outpatient Center, Hospice of the Low Country, and also does occasional private in-home therapy. This is her second career, as she worked in radio broadcast communications before her 20 years as a Physical Therapist. Since living in the low country (for 20+ years), Lee has co-hosted several radio programs with her former husband, Monty Jett, on local radio stations. She has resided in Rose Hill since 1995.
Secretary - Neighbor Coordinator - Phone Coordinator - Janet Wright is an RN and has been instrumental in furthering nursing education in the area. She is an active golfer and has served on the Rose Hill POA Board. She most recently served for six years on the Hospice Care of the Lowcountry Board. She and her husband, Bob have eight grandchildren and have lived in Rose Hill for 18 years.
We value the opportunity to remain an integral part of our community, to live in the homes we have come to love, and to maintain the network of friends we have developed over the years. Our purpose is to provide support, services and resources that help each other live healthy and meaningful lives in our own homes. The willingness of volunteers that offer their time and expertise in support of the mission of the organization helps make this possible.
Board of Directors
Vice Chairman - David Alven and his wife Kathy have lived in Rose Hill since 2004. Prior to moving her he worked in New York City with J.P.Morgan and then Morgan Stanley. He has been a mentor at Red Cedar Elementary School and is currently volunteering with Operation R&R, Meals-on-Wheels and the Bluffton Boys and Girls Club.
“My Mom’s become like a teenager with her social life becoming so full. She is doing very well. I am so proud of her. She still forgets now and then but we get through that ok. She really is enjoying Memory Matters and her lunches with the Caring Neighbor lady volunteers. I notice keeping her busy has made a world of difference. I thank all of you for all you are doing to help me and her.”
“Caring Neighbors is a wonderful organization and if I ever move back to the island I would love to do some volunteering myself. Thanks again.”
“Thank you so much for driving my father around and especially to the rehab center to visit my mother. Caring Neighbor volunteers are wonderful people. “
“To all of the volunteers who helped me with my surgery and physical therapy, you are appreciated more than you’ll ever know.”
“Just a note to thank you for the help and support Caring Neighbors gave to us after my husband’s surgery. Caring Neighbors gave me peace of mind. I t was wonderful to have someone come in, check on him , keep him company. Caring Neighbors offer such a valuable service that is very much appreciated.”
“Without your help I really don't know what I would do. Caring Neighbors volunteers has been a huge blessing from God for me and my mother. She is so happy to see everyone, whether it is the people that pick her up and take her to Memory Matters or those that take her to lunch. She loves being with people and this has made such a positive impact on her overall being. Her memory has even gotten better. She looks forward to going to work and lunch. This has also taken a huge lift off of my shoulders because it helps me since I have to work and yet knowing that she is enjoying her days too. I try to go over there at least once a week and spend the night and she enjoys that. I try to get her to come to my house in Savannah but she doesn't seem to want to so it's ok I go over there and enjoy her there. Thanks again to all of you. I feel when we can I like to donate to the organization toward gas or whatever costs you all are encountering. God Bless the Person that started this organization. Thanks again”
Jane Phipps and her husband, Geoff, moved from New Hampshire to Rose Hill in 2010 following their retirements. She worked as an educator for 36 years in grades 2, 3, and 4 in Derry and Londonderry, NH. Jane enjoys golfing, exercising, and doing volunteer work while in SC. In the summertime, she and her husband return to her native state of Maine where they reside for 3 months each year.
Chairman - Mary Ellen Parks