Happy Fourth of July 2019
Have a Wonderful July 4th!
Houston Ground Angels
Management Review
July 2019
Tony Castiglie,
Vice President and Treasurer
June 21 st is the first day of summer. Officially called the Summer Solstice, it is the longest day of the year. What always seems ironic is that as the days now become shorter, they also become hotter. From a practical standpoint, Independence Day, July 4 th , is really the beginning of summer. Of course, with the heat and humidity of Houston, summer really begins much earlier.
The Stats
June was another successful month; the 301 missions run was by far the best June ever and the first June in which we ran over 300 missions. This year’s daily average is 10, something we had never before achieved. Fifty-four volunteers stepped up to make this happen with Uber helping us fulfill the difficult missions, i.e. rush hour traffic, late evening runs or short notice requests. As a result, our forecast for 2019 remains at 3,500 missions, the most ever.
The Archangels
Thus far, we have run 1,770 missions, 50 percent of which are run by the Archangels and in every “Management Review,” I list the Top 10 Volunteers. While we are very grateful to any volunteer who runs a mission, we do like to acknowledge those who go above and beyond. This month, the list has been expanded to the Top 20:
Top 20 Volunteers – 2019
Dick Stabell 213
Charles Whitworth 154
Sandra Begalke 146
David LaFargue 77
Tony LaRosa 73
Jacko Garrett 59
Edie Cantu 52
Derek King 48
Bo Hunter 34
Laurie Galland 26
Charles Gibson 25
Barbara Oxsheer 23
Christine Reid 22
Gail Williams 21
Bob Joyce 21
Georgia Monnerat 17
Peggy Johnson 14
Kathy Broussard 13
Lyn Hebert 11
Terri Mulhearn 11
We are greatly appreciative for the dedication of all our volunteers.
Thus far, Uber is still working out well. In 2018, we had 599 unfilled missions; thus far in 2019, the number is 26 and just two in the past four months. The intent is to use Uber only as a last resort when a mission was not chosen by a volunteer. Mission Coordinator Mary Hutto does not contact Uber until the night before a mission is to be run. Thus far in 2019, Uber has satisfied 629 missions, about 36% of total, missions that would have gone unfulfilled. The huge number is due primarily to the increase in patient requests for our services. The feedback from patients has been highly favorable; many of them impressed that we are picking up the Uber cost when a Volunteer is unavailable. However, the downside is the cost. While we have applied for quite a few grants, they will not be awarded until later in the year.
May 17, 2019
Dear Houston Ground Angels,
Thank you for all you do to help Richard and me. I cannot count the times your volunteers have helped us! And, when you couldn’t, you have gotten Uber for us – so of course that too is help from you – just not a volunteer.
Thank you!
Sandra & Richard
Bartlesville, OK
Mission Management System
We are also working on some improvements to our Mission Management System. The fellow who originally designed and maintained the system passed away several years ago and it left us in a difficult position. A group from Insperity has recently volunteered their services to help us continue the needed work. The volunteers will be kept abreast of the project’s status.
New Volunteers
We had three new volunteers join us in May. Cherie Shelton lives in the FM 1960 area, Jim Martin in Friendswood and Tracy Anselmi in Cypress. In June, we also welcomed three more volunteers, Wayne Cone, who lives in Cypress, Rosemary Kaczmarski in Friendswood and Frank Rush in FM 1960 area. Welcome aboard and thank you all for joining.
As always, to every volunteer who steps up, thank you for your contribution. This year is looking great!

AutoZone Store: Did You Know

Did you know that AutoZone stores will run a free diagnostic test on your car to let you know what is wrong? I took my car to an auto repair place because my engine light was on. I was told it would be $782.33 for the repair. I had to pay $89.99 for the diagnostic test. I left, went to the library and the librarian told me to go to AutoZone, and I did. AutoZone ran the same diagnostic test on my car that the auto repair did - for free. AutoZone's test showed I needed an $8.99 item. Engine light went off and my car has never run better. So, before you take your car to the shop, I highly recommend letting AutoZone check it first. They also will change your battery for free (have to pay for the battery) and provide many other services for free. AutoZone has stores all over the city.

Houston Ground Angels Win 104.1 KRBE's H-Town Wins!
Houston Ground Angels was honored as a winner with
104.1 KRBE Radio Station, H-Town Wins! In the photo is our own Vice President, Tony Castiglie and the two DJs with him are Krystina and Eric! Thank you to KRBE for honoring HGA!
Houston Ground Angels' Website

Please take a few moments, if you have not already, and explore Houston Ground Angels' website. There is a lot of great information listed, such as a volunteer checklist, especially for new volunteers, and a long list of resources for patients from churches to Angel Flight and Pilots for Patients contact information, and so much more. Some volunteers print out the Resource page and give it to their patients. If you ever have any questions, please call Mary, one of our two Mission Coordinators, @ 281-900-7377 or me @ 832.752-9645, or hit reply to this email.

Missions Anyone?

Please check the website to see if there is a mission that fits your schedule. The requests for our services continues to rise, and more and more patients are depending on
Houston Ground Angels!

Thank you to all of our volunteers for all you do for so many!
Have a wonderful Fourth of July and we hope to see YOU
at the next HGA gathering!