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May 1, 2018

Nursing Home News--May 2018

This is the May 2018 newsletter of Friends Across the Ages nursing home outreach

NEW OFFICE! –AND THANK YOU, TONY BARR

 

For the past 15 or 16 years, Friends Across the Ages has had an office at Barr Systems, donated to us by Tony Barr. We want to express our appreciation to him for giving Friends a home base for all these years, free of charge. He also let us utilize the conference room for board meetings, and the lovely courtyard for our annual spring volunteer appreciation party. Barr Systems was a beautiful setting in which to welcome volunteers, new and old.

 

However, that era has now come to an end. Mr. Barr sold the office complex last year, but rented back one section and generously let us stay as long as he had an office there as well. But now he is moving on, and so must we. So, as of today (May 1), we have a new office for a quite reasonable rent (which includes utilities and everything), located near Thornebrook Shopping Center in Gainesville. The initial lease is just 6 months, so this will give us a chance to try it out and be sure it is working for us, and that we are able to cover the rent. There is a small conference room in which we can hold our board meetings, but alas, no courtyard! Fortunately, Kim and Andrew Mitchell were kind enough to host our spring volunteer appreciation party this year at their lovely home, and have said we can count on them for the foreseeable future. So we continue to be grateful to generous people like them. And we are grateful for the final generous gift from Tony Barr of the office furniture we had been using in the old office.

 

If you would like to stop by and see the new office, just let us know! The good news is it is a little easier to find than the old office—which should help brand new volunteers coming in for interviews and orientations.

 

For now, our phone number is the same, and the mailing address will remain at our P.O. Box, but we will let you know if that changes in the future. We welcome any additional donations to help us cover the rent, and we appreciate your continued support as we settle into this new space and begin new chapter for Friends Across the Ages.

 


 

SUMMER VOLUNTEERING

Summer is here for our college student volunteers, and almost here for the rest of us. If you are a student volunteer who will be away for the summer, please be sure to let your coordinator know, and of course the residents you visit as well. You might consider keeping in touch with your friends at the nursing home over the summer with things like letters, cards, and phone calls.

For those out there who have been considering volunteering, or maybe had gotten away from volunteering, summer is a great time to start or return! Things are always slower for us in the summer with many of our volunteers away or traveling. Contact us at info@acrosstheages.org and we will give you all the information you need to get started!

 


MAY SPECIAL EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

Each month, in addition to groups that meet weekly for regular volunteering/visitation, Friends Across the Ages sponsors a few special events and activities at various nursing homes. These events require no ongoing commitment, though we do ask you to let us know ahead of time if you plan to attend any of these events so that we can be on the lookout for you. If you would like more information about our weekly visitation groups and becoming a regular Friends Across the Ages volunteer, please let us know that as well. Here are our special events for May:

 

Wednesday, May 2nd, 10:30 – 11:30 AM – “Storytellers’ Society” at ParklandsThese monthly group gatherings are a wonderful way to share, reminisce, and truly get to know the residents at Parklands Nursing and Rehab.

Wednesday, May 9th, 10:30 – 11:30 AM – “Poker Party” at Parklands A monthly event Parklands Nursing and Rehab Come help play poker with the residents, or just help cheer them on! No real money is involved; residents play for the honor of having our Championship Trophy for the month. 

 

Thursday, May 24th, 2:30-3:30 PM -- Birthday celebration -- Help us wish a happy birthday to all residents of Parklands Nursing and Rehab with birthdays in May. Meet us in the dining room where we will have singing and cake. Volunteers are needed to help gather the residents together, serve the cake, sing, clean up, etc.  Do you play an instrument or have some other talent?  We are always looking for new entertainment for the party – let us know!

 


MORE INFORMATION

Please see the above list for locations of the various events.  Directions to all the nursing homes can be found at:

http://www.acrosstheages.org/directions.asp

Events are open to everyone (children are welcome at most events, please inquire). Please contact us at info@acrosstheages.org and let us know if you plan to attend one of these events so that our coordinators can be on the lookout for you. 


 

This is the May 2018 newsletter of Friends Across the Ages nursing home outreach.
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