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Welcome to Reuben’s Room

A 501 (c) (3) non-profit, all volunteer cat rescue and no-kill sanctuary located in Grand Rapids, Michigan

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The Story of Reuben's Room Cat Rescue

Rumor has it that the term 'crazy cat lady' is a direct result of Jeanine Buckner and her crazy love for cats. Jeanine has always been a cat lover, and for years she dreamed of opening her own cat rescue. Finally, after years of encouragement from some of her friends, and some wonderful people who promised to help her and volunteer as often as they could, Reuben's Room Cat Rescue was born. As a vet assistant Jeanine could see first hand that the older the cat got, the less likely it would be to find the cat a new home. Jeanine could also see first hand how a companion cat could help a senior citizen live a better life. When Jeanine started Reuben's Room there were no rescues that dealt with re-homing domesticated cats of all ages. There were also no rescues eager to work with senior citizens. Reuben's Room was founded on the concept of filling both of those needs. Since it's beginning Reuben's Room has operated on the premise that seniors often need companionship, and cats can often fill that roll. Reuben's Room has cats of all ages residing at the rescue, but there are always several cats that would be perfect for a senior who needs some company. Jeanine truly enjoys matching the right personality of one of her cats to the personality of a senior who is going to be adopting a cat from the rescue. Thanks to our 'Worry Free Adoption for Seniors', Reuben's Room does not have to consider age when determining an adoption application. In fact, Reuben's Room has placed cats with 100+ years old senior citizens.

For years Jeanine Buckner dreamed of starting a cat rescue complete with a sanctuary for cats that are no longer candidates for adoption. A rescue that would re-home the domesticated cats that other rescues would not accept. And a rescue that would make it possible for a senior citizen to have just the right cat to keep them company. That dream became Reuben's Room Cat Rescue.

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Our Adoptables

Click here to see cats adopted from Reuben's Room - now in furrever homes.

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Update Kitty

Please use the scroll bar on the right  of this section to make sure you have the latest information about Reuben's Room

It's Pet Expo Time!  

Come visit us and check out our cats, our programs, and of course our "store".

Where: Delta Plex  2500  Turner  N.W.

When: Saturday, March 28   10:00-7:00    

Sunday, March 29    11:00-5:00

  Reuben's Room was profiled on Fox News!  You can view the segment at: http://fox17online.co


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Who We Are   

Reuben's Room Cat Rescue is a 501 © (3) non profit rescue/no-kill sanctuary in the greater Grand Rapids Area. Reuben's Room is an alternative cat rescue founded in 2003 by Jeanine Buckner. The purpose of the rescue is to help fill the need for re-homing domesticated cats of all ages. We adopt cats to both single people and families who have a track record of being responsible and loving companions, and who understand a commitment to an animal is a lifetime commitment.

All of our precious adoptables are tested for feline leukemia and FIV. They have been spayed or neutered, and are up to date on any medical/dental needs. They have also been treated for fleas and parasities using Pfizer's Revolution and have been micro chipped for future identification. They are also tested, and if needed treated for heartworm. Our cats are only available for adoption after this has been done.

Reuben's Room mission is primarily to rehome domesticated cats, but we also work with strays and kittens. 

We also maintain a sanctuary for our cats that are no longer considered adoptable.


Occasionally someone will drop off cats (usually in cardboard boxes) at our rescue.  These people probably believe that we will take them in and provide them shelter.  Unfortunately, Reuben's Room will not always have the room for these cats.   If you have a cat that you can no longer keep, please consider the Humane Society ($20 cost for surrender) or the Animal Shelter (no cost for surrender). 


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Reuben's Room does not have an open door policy.

If you would like to adopt one of our cats, or if you need to surrender a cat please call 791 9696 to make arrangements


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Seniors Program

Worry Free Adoption for Seniors  

We believe that senior/seniors who are living alone can benefit from a loving feline companion. Through our Worry Free Adoption for Seniors Program we endeavor to match a senior cat with a senior citizen. We can do this because we get to know our cats and their personalities. When a senior tells us what they are looking for in a companion cat, we match the senior with one of our cats we believe will be a good match. If for some reason the match does not work out, we will bring that cat back to the rescue and try another cat until the senior believes that they have the right cat for them. One of the things that make this program special is that if the senior cannot come to the rescue to get their cat we will bring a cat to them!

Through our seniors program we have taken a lot of the worry out of senior adoptions. If for some reason the senior has to be out of their home temporarily for things such as rehabilitation, hospitalizations, etc. we welcome their cat back to the rescue until that person returns home and can be reunited with their Reuben's room cat. Thus the senior/ (and their family) can adopt a cat and not have to worry about 'what if', we offer them the security of knowing that their cat will always have a loving secure place to go.

Please note: Most of the assisted living places in our area allow residents to have pets. These homes welcome our cats because of our senior program.

Another Seniors Program Success Story    

Reuben's Room received a call for an adoption through our special seniors program.   A family contacted us and asked for our help in finding dad just the right cat companion.  In this case, dad did not want a cat-or at least he didn't THINK he wanted a cat.  But the smart daughter knew just what dad needed, a Reuben's Room companion cat.  We get to know our cats quite well, and Jeanine knew which cat would be a perfect companion cat-dear sweet Belle.  Belle is a gentle, loving companion cat that was more than willing to let the senior know that he did indeed need her company.  Dad took to Belle right away, and it was plain that his daughter did the right thing by getting dad a cat via our senior progarm.  


Fast Facts

We are an all volunteer rescue.
As a 501 © (3) non-profit rescue all donations are tax refundable as allowed by law.
We offer a special 'Worry Free Adoption For Seniors Program'
We offer the Reuben's Room Guarantee

Reuben's Room is an all volunteer rescue that exists and operates solely on funds and donations from the public who believe in our mission. Our surrender and adoption fees do not come close to covering all of our expenses. ALL donations and funds go directly to the care of our cats. To make a donation to our rescue please either use the paypal button below or send a check or money order to:

Reuben's Room Cat Rescue
PO B0X 140201
Grand Rapids, Mi. 49514



The Reuben's Room Guarantee    

Once a Reuben's Room cat, always a Reuben's Room cat. Any cat adopted from our rescue will be welcomed back at any time, for any reason. All of our adoptions start out with a trial placement. If for some reason the adopter is not happy with one of our cats we ask that you let us know, and bring the cat back to us. There is never a time limit, Reuben's Room asks that if you ever are no longer able to care for one of our cats you bring that cat back to us.


Why a Reuben's Room Cat? Case in Point  

Reuben's Room routinely takes our cats back to the vet for one more visit prior to placement just to be sure there are no unexpected surprizes when the adoptor gets their kitty home.  In this case, Elliot and Chong both needed dental work, so we could not release them until the dental work was done.  The final cost to the rescue was in the $100's of dollars for each cat!  By doing the final vet check we just saved the adoptor hundreds of dollars.  We continue to be a very small rescue operating on a shoestring budget, but we also continue to make sure that any cat that is adopted goes to their new home 100% healthy and ready to go.

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On rare occasions Reuben's Room may take in kittens.  If you are looking for a kitten, please check this area.

UPDATE:  Thanks to the wonderful people at Bissell who provided a grant earmarked for kittens, and C-snip who provides low cost spay/neutering in our area, we have been able to add a kitten program to our misson!  We will usually have a few kittens available, but they may not be featured because they often find homes very quickly.  If you are looking for a kitten, please let us know and we will do what we can to help you.  But remember, no cat leaves our rescue until they have a complete physical and are 100% healthy.  In the case of kittens, this means vaccines, worming, spay or neuter, etc.  Thanks to our wonderful vets, and C-snip we can usually get the medical needs started quickly, but shots etc. take time. And let's face it, almost everyone is looking for a declawed cat, (We have had 2 requests for cats that have not been declawed in 8 years) so we have to add declawing to the mix.  So if the kitten is new to the rescue he/she will not be available for at least a couple of weeks.

Kitten Season Is Over-right?

Those who work with cats on a regular basis know that there are "kitten seasons", and this time of year is NOT a kitten season.  But, it seems that a few mama's and papa's did't get the message.  So, right now we have kittens available.  They are newcomers to the rescue, so they will not be available right away, but we wanted to get their pictures on here right away.  So, check out these cats on our "adoptable cats" site. 

UPDATE:  All of our kittens have found homes.  But please keep checking back.



As always, thank you for anything you can do for us!!!!

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Featured Cats

Meet Sophie


Sweet Sophie is a vivid orange beauty who comes complete with soft, silky fur.  She is 6 years old and 2 ft. declawed.  Sophie is one of those wonderful cats who will be low maintenance.  It doesn't take much to make Sophie happy.  For instance, she would love to curl up with you and watch your favorite tv show together.   If you are in the mood for a good book, Sophie would love to sleep contently nestled in beside you.  Want to play with this little lady?  That would be fine, just let her know when.   This is the era of computers, so if you are going to be on a computer for an extended period of time-no problem, just give her a little nesting area nearby and she will be fine.  And of course, when it is time for bed, all she will need is her own special place on that nice comfy bed of yours.


        "Special Needs" Cats

Please note that the cats that are featured here are fully adoptable.




Meet Lollipop

Before Lollipop came to us she had only had one home, and she was a spoiled little gal.  But her family moved and Lollipop didn't.  This precious gal has been at the rescue a while, but she is still to shy to come out and join the others.  Lollipop continues to reside at the back of a cage because she continues to be scared.  But, when a volunteer does spend some loving time with Lollipop, our gal does enjoy the one on one attention and will start her motorboat purrrr.  This gal has one of the loudest purrs you will ever hear.  However,  when the volunteer leaves Lollipop our gal once again seeks the security of the back of her cage.  Thus, we are looking for someone with a lot of love to give who will be willing to work with Lollipop until she can feel secure enough to join her new family.

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Meet Millie

Millie initially came to the rescue with her brother Willie.  Millie has always been an extremely shy lady, but she did fairly well when she could be right by Willie's side.  Millie and Willie were adopted together and did fine.  But due to circumstances they came back to us.  But Willie is no longer at the rescue, so Millie no longer has her brother to help her get past her shyness.  Millie has been back for a few years, and she has made some progress because she is residing in an area of the rescue where there are fewer cats.  Millie will always be safe and secure at Reuben's Room but we would like her to have a loving home of her own.  We know from past experience that Millie can come out of her shell if we can find her a home where she is the only cat and there are no children.  This little gal needs a place to call her own with someone who will give her plenty of time to blossom.


    Senior Cats

Cats featured here will be cats that would make wonderful cats for our senior citizens

Meet Queenie


Queenie is a gentle little lady who would love to share your home and your heart.  From the time she joined us at the rescue she had been a little lap lover.  Queenie spends most of her time at the rescue settled in on one of our cat trees where she can keep an eye on the birds as they fly by the windows.  But, it is amazing how fast this cat can move is a toy catches her eyes.  Queenie does play, but the time and toy has to be just right for her is she is going to give up sitting in a window or on your lap for bed. If you plan on being the lucky person to welcome Queenie into your home, please remember that she is going to need regular grooming to keep that lucious fur soft and silky.


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Odds N Ends

Shop Amazon to Help Support Reuben's Room

Reuben's Room is now an "affiliate member of Amazon", which means there is yet another way to support Reuben's Room at no cost to you!  As an affiliate member of Amazon whenever you shop Amazon by using the banner link at the bottom of this page, Amazon will give 4% "commission"  of the cost of everything  (clothes, books, stoves, etc.) you have purchased to Reuben's Room!  If we can get all of our loyal supporters to use the Amazon link at the bottom of this page whenever they shop on Amazon, this could be a real money maker for us.  Just think, if you do your Christmas shopping on Amazon, and you spend $100, Reuben's Room will get $4, if you spend $1000, Reuben's Room will get $40 etc. So, PLEASE shop until you drop, but use the Amazon link below when you do!

We have also created an Amazon "Wish List".  To get to our list simply click on the same link below which will take you to a page for Pet Supplies.  In the upper right hand corner there is a space for Wish Lists.  Click on that box, and go to "find a wish list", which is again in the upper right corner area.  When you click there it will take you to a page where you can ask for a specific wish list.  Just type in Reuben's Room wish list, and click go, and there you are!  We have tried to be as reasonable as possible on our list.  When we ask for a bed, for instance, you will not find the most expensive beds on our wish list.  What you will find is some nice beds for reasonable prices. If you do use our wish list please be sure to have the items delivered to:

Reuben's Room Cat Rescue

673 Kinney N.W.

Grand Rapids, Mi. 49534

So, our wish list and a chance for you to help support us is only a click away.  Just scroll down to the banner at the bottom of this page and click "shop now".

Please consider asking your friends and family that shop on Amazon to come to this page and click on the banner/link below.

Note: For Reuben's Room to get the 4% "commission" you must ALWAYS go to this page and clink the link below before you start shopping!

Update: It is up and working great!  We have been blessed with some things off of our wish list, and we are also getting a 4% commission when you shop on line at Amazon.  Or, if enough of our supporters shop for us we can get up to a 6% commission.  Our most recent purchase was paper towels, lots and lots of paper towels.  Other than cat litter and food, one of our biggest expense is paper towels.  Let's face it, when you are trying to keep a rescue nice and clean, you need a whole lot of paper towels, especially when that rescue includes a sanctuary!.

Note from Jeanine: "We always like to thank someone if they do something nice for us."  So, there is a place on Amazon where you can fill out a gift card, and if you do, then we can send you a nice thank you card.  Of course, you always have the option of remaining anonymous.

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Volunteers Needed-Must Love Cats!

When Reuben's Room Cat Rescue was started we had a wondeful couple-Jan and Bob-who did a tremendous job of helping Jeanine with things.  In fact, Jan and Bob did the odd jobs, fixed things, and cleaned the rescue 4 days a week.  But things change, and Jan and Bob can no longer offer Reuben's Room 4 days a week of cleaning and odd jobs around the house.  Over the years we have picked up some wonderful volunteers, and those volunteers are doing everything they can to help cover the shifts that Jan and Bob can no longer do.  But, we cannot ask our current volunteers to continue to "work overtime" for an indefinite period of time.  So, we are looking for volunteers.  We are not looking for someone to pet cats, that aspect is well taken care of.  We are looking for someone who loves cats, and who is willing and able to "get down and dirty".   Volunteers must be  at least 18 years old.  Our shifts last from 2-4 hours a day (and even longer if you just can't stop spending time with the cats!), and we are asking that you commit to one day a week.  If you love cats, and if you have 2-4 hours a week, please give us a call!  Reuben's Room has always been an all volunteer rescue, and we are dedicated to keeping it that way.  These are not paid positions, but we have dozens of cats that would just love to reward you for your help!

All About Sponsorship

About Our Need...

Reuben's Room Cat Rescue is a small, private sanctuary/rescue that always has lots of love to spare, but often finds itself struggling to make ends meet. Reuben's Room will always have a large non-adoptable community. Housing and caring for our cats, including their medical needs, that are no longer considered adoptable can get very expensive. So, we are looking for sponsors for those cats. There is no minimum amount to pledge, we will appreciate anything you pledge. So please take a moment, look at our cats, check out the cats that are listed as special needs. Then look for the one who tugs at your heart strings, and consider sponsoring that cat. (If you do not want your name to appear on this webpage, let us know). Please note, Petfinder does not provide a place to list our sanctuary cats, so they are listed along with our adoptable cats. When you read the write up about one of our sanctuary cats you will get to know them a little better.


How to Sponsor

Your pledge can be done via PayPal, or by check/money order sent to our post office box. Please indicate which cat (or cats) you would like to sponsor so that we can make sure your pledge goes towards the care of that cat (or cats). If you would like updates on your sponsored cats, please let us know. If you do not want your name to appear on this webpage, let us know.

Reuben's Room Cat Rescue
PO B0X 140201
Grand Rapids, Mi. 49514

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Our Teaching Cat

Carlton was a resident of Reuben's Room that had been cruelly treated and set on fire by some kids "just for the fun of it." When Carlton came to the rescue, no one expected him to live, but live he did. Jeanine had always taken Carlton along with her when she visits classrooms and teaches kids about the care and love of an animal. With the loss of Carlton, Jeanine was trying to figure out how to carry on the message that Carlton taught kids. And then came Dexter!

Remember that commercial "Weebles Wobble but they don't fall down?" (If you are too young to remember-google "Weebles") Well Dexter wobbles, but unfortunately he also falls down-a lot. You see, Dexter has "Cerebellar Hypoplasia". You can learn all about Cerebellar Hypoplasia on the internet. This medical condition can cause several different medical problems. In Dexter's case, it has caused a severe coordination problem, and some interesting vision problems. There are several causes of cerebellar hypoplasia, for Dexter it appears that it was caused by a vaccine that his momma had while he was still in the womb. So, when Dexter walks he falls down, and then he gets up and tries again, and he falls down. Dexter does get where he is going sooner or later, it just takes him longer than most cats. And Dexter has a vision problem. It takes him longer to actually focus in on something, so he may look like he is staring into thin air when you talk to him, but give him time and he will be able to check you out, and maybe even wobble over to you. But other than these few little glitches, he is just fine. In spite of his medical problems,  Dexter is just one happy little guy. You see, he has always had these problems, so to him it is perfectly natural to have to work a whole lot harder to get things done. Dexter has no idea he is different. He can eat, drink, sleep and play just like the other cats. Well, maybe not quite like other cats because things can get pretty messy when he eats or drinks, but that just makes him even more loveable. He even uses the litter box like a good little boy. Ok, well, that can get pretty messy too, but at least the little guy does use the litter box! Obviously steps and climbing can be a problem for Dexter, but we have that covered. Dexter is happily residing in our sanctuary room where there are no steps or other large objects for him to trip over.

Dexter was brought to Reuben's Room after he was abandoned by his owner and a caring neighbor took him in. When he first arrived we had no idea what was causing his erratic movements, but we did know that he was cute and adorable and a little winner! And now we know his medical problem, and we know that he can live a nice long "normal for him" life.  We also plan on putting the little guy to work in the classroom. When Dexter and Jeanine go to classes Dexter is going to help the kids learn that being different is not necessairly a bad thing, and that EVERYBODY has value.  If you would like to have Jeanine and Dexter visit your school, please give us a call.

Even though Dexter is not available for adoption, we have posted pictures of this cute little fella on the "cats adopted from Reuben's Room now in forever homes" because he has been adopted by Reuben's Room and he probably IS in his forever home. Be sure to check out his pictures because it sure looks like Dexter is a happy little guy, and it even looks like he is smiling right at you!

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Special Thanks &
Opportunities to Support Reuben's Room

Special Thanks and Things Worth Mention...

Special Thanks 

To Dr. E.J. Jones of Schmitt's Animal Hospital in Walker. Dr. Jones makes our veterinary care incredibly affordable, and has been available at all hours when we have especially difficult medical cases.

To Sleepy Hollow Pet Cemetery for sponsoring our ad in Cats and Dogs magazine. If you find yourself in need of burial services, please check out these wonderful, caring people.

Thank you to all of you who work behind the scenes with us. While we cannot list all of you, please rest assured that whatever you do for the rescue does make a difference and is greatly appreciated.

Cats and Dogs Magazine
Do you know what happened to DOG 281? Janet Vormittag is a local author and publisher of Cats and Dogs Magazine who has written a book called Dog 281. If you would like to find out what happened to Dog 281 you can purchase the book on line from Amazon.com. Or you can get a copy by contacting Janet at her webpage: janetvormittag.com. If you mention that you heard about the book from Reuben's Room Janet will donate part of the cost of the book to our rescue! Speaking of the magazine, have you seen a copy of the local Cats and Dogs Magazine? It is a FREE monthly publication with all kinds of news and articles on local animal events and shelters. Reuben's Room is fortunate to have a page sponsored by Sleepy Hollow Pet Cemetery in every issue. These magazines are distributed all around the local area, so keep an eye out for them at local stores, doctors offices, restaurants, etc. They also offer a subscription to those who want to make sure they do not miss an issue. The cost is $24.00 for 12 issues that are mailed right to you! If you would like to subscribe just send a check with your name and address payable to Cats and Dogs at P.O. Box 996, Jenison, Mi. 49429-0096. The magazine can also be viewed online at www.catsanddogsmagazine.com

Cat Mountain Cat Trees
If you are looking for a special gift for your favorite feline, a gift that will also make you a very happy cat lover, check out Cat Mountain Cat Trees. Every cat tree is designed to meet your needs and requests. Why settle for a tree, when you can have a mountain! Check out their website at: www.catmountaincattrees.com.

Opportunities to Support Reuben's Room...

Reuben's Room is proud to be a Partner for Pets! BISSELL and LostPetUSA.net have teamed up to help organizations like ours raise money, and now you can help too! When you buy pet products on bissell.com and enter the code ADOPT at checkout, a portion of your purchase will be donated to our shelter. What’s more, every purchase goes towards an entry for us to win a $5,000 quarterly giveaway!


  • Shop pet products on www.bissell.com
  • Enter the code ADOPT at checkout
  • Then select our shelter!


How to donate $50.00 to Reuben's Room at no cost to you! 
Capital One is sponsoring credit cards for non profit organizations. There is no catch, and no gimmicks, and we know it works because we have been getting the $50 checks. To donate $50 to Reubens Room all you have to do is apply for a Capital One Visa card, charge anything on it one time, then WAIT for your statement to come and pay that one time charge and bingo! we get $50! After that 1st charge you can cancel the card, or you can continue to use the card and Rebuen's Room will get a small portion of your purchases. If you choose to keep the card at the end of the year you will be charged a $35 fee, so be sure to weigh your options. Just think, if 5 people get the credit card for even one month Reuben's Room will get a check for $250! Think of all that kitty litter! And if 10 people get the credit card, that is $500! Wow, think of all that food! Remember, all you have to do is charge once, WAIT for the bill, and then pay the bill and cancel the card, pretty easy right? For more information please go to: Card Lab Connect for Reuben's Room. Thanks! 

Volunteers needed
Reuben’s Room is seeking responsible volunteers to add to our volunteer staff. Commitment is for a morning shift of approximately 2-3 hours. We have openings for both weekdays and weekends. We are not looking for volunteers to pet and entertain the cats, but rather someone willing to do hands on work. Volunteer duties will include such things as cleaning cages and litter boxes, laundry, sweeping and mopping. Experience working with animals is a plus but not a requirement. Volunteers must be reliable and able to work independently. If you are a person who loves cats and can commit to a weekly 2-3 morning shift, please give us a call at: 616-791-9696. Please be sure to leave your contact information so that we can in touch with you and talk directly about the opportunity to become one of our volunteers.

paw2 Points
We have learned of another way our faithful supporters can help us out. Fresh Step has a program called "paw2 Points". Whenever you purchase Fresh Step Cat Litter there will be the usual upc code on the back, but there will also be a code #. Reuben's Room can redeem those code #'s for free litter. For instance, right now I am looking at the back of a bag of litter, and there is the upc code, but there is also a code #-in this case FWXHR6GDW94C. Whenever you buy Fresh Step Cat Litter, please cut the area that has the upc and code #, and send them to us so that we can redeem them for free litter! That's right FREE LITTER! You know that stuff that Reuben's Room uses a lot-like bags and bags of it every week! So please, the next time you have to buy litter, think of us!

Gift Cards
Another great way to help the rescue is gift cards from such places as Meijers, Target, or a pet store of your choice. This allows us to purchase food, medication, cleaning supplies, bedding, litter, and other necessities needed to continue our mission. We appreciate your generosity, large or small. We would not exist without your support.

Spartan Stores Cash for Class

Throughout the year Spartan Stores (D&W, Family Fare, and VG's grocery) runs a cash for class program.  Reuben's Room is registered with Cash for Class and is eligible to receive a % of the funds that you spend when the program is running.  The current dates for the program are: Jan 18-24, February 15-21, and March 15-21.  For more information, please visit www.myyesrewards.com.  While you are at the site, please  link your yes card to Reuben's Room or we will not get the funds that you want donated to us. 

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