When Darren Tylicki needed an Eagle Scout Project, he knew he wanted to do something a
bit less traditional.
“Sewing isn’t something that boys do so I thought making quilts would definitely be
something different,” he said.
Tylicki, a member of Troop 80, St. Mary’s Parish, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County,
reached out to his Eagle Scout Merit Badge mentor, Desra Hass of Germantown, and told
her about his idea to do quilts. Hass knew of an organization that may be the perfect fit
–Interfaith Volunteers Time for You Dementia Respite program – nearly 200 miles across
Hass’ brother, Tunney Strozewski, had been part of Interfaith’s Time for You Dementia
Respite program when it began in 2018. She knew Time for You would benefit from each
participant receiving a quilt.
“The impact of this Eagle project was felt all the way in Black River Falls,” said Interfaith
Director Lori Chown. “Having a group from Waukesha County share their excitement about
our program truly warmed our hearts.”
Time for You offers engaging activities for participants living with dementia and much-
needed respite for their caregivers. Over the past four years, the program has assisted
more than 30 families and currently is offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m.
to 3:30 p.m. It has seven active participants.
“We have seen the positive impact Time for You has on our caregivers and our
participants,” Chown said. “We know that caregivers are experiencing less crisis, and
participants are really feeling engaged and participating in the daily activities, thanks to 30
wonderful volunteers and staff.”
Eagle Scout Service Projects aim to give the Scout an opportunity to plan, develop, and give
leadership to others. They are evaluated on the benefit to the organization being served
and the leadership provided by the candidate. There also must be evidence of organized
planning and development.
“You can tell your Scouts that they brought a lot of smiles to the faces here in Black River
Falls,” said Time for You volunteer and Interfaith Board Member Pam Johnson.
“Well, that is one of the goals!” Tylicki said.
For more information on Interfaith and the Time for You program, visit http://www.jcivc.org, call
(715) 284-7058 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.