If you did not know, my experience with elders goes home with me too. I live in the 90 Something Club with parents-both 91 and WWII vets-- and until January 24th, with my Aunt Dee who was 93. Her children all live out of town so two years ago, we invited her to live with us--the other choice was a nursing home. I learned much about aging and life and death from her. Hospice Care came to the home for almost a year. They were wonderful to her and to us. A private caregver whom I met because of LAH was also an invaluble part of the constellation of helpers. The world was a better place because of her; we are better people as she leaves us.
On Tuesday, January 22, about 20 LAH seniors and volunteers visited the Franklin Car Museum which resides in the center of Richland Heights West Neighborhood. Amazing! Beautiful! Elegant! Informative! Historical! A must see!
Some of our clients attended canteen for the first time Tuesday and were drawn to each other as old friends with lots in common and lots to talk about. The social time was a great success too.
Many thanks to Milton for arranging the visit. Afterward, we went to the Mountain Avenue Church of Christ to have Birthday Cake--LAH is 7 years old this month. Our next Canteen date is February 19th 1 pm. Information to follow.
Needed: a volunteer who likes art/art museum and who would like to accompany one of our clients to his class at the museum. More to follow on how often, how long. Our client likes to draw.
Interested volunteers or clients who like to write and share writing with a group. No experience necessary or much experience necessary. The group is looking for stories, life experiences, memories, technical writing, personal writing, poetry, drama, song lyrics, humor. . . .Contact: Vicki Mills @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Whoa! Bring out your Major Neighborhood Projects!
On March 9, 11, 12, 13, the UA Navigators, a student Christan Ministry Group of 100 or so, is looking to help our LAH Neighborhoods. Do you have projects pending? Do you need muscle? Time? Talent? A few? Many? In attending neighborhood meetings, I have been hearing about planned projects, tree planting, gardens, mural cleanup, painting, improvements. I can make my grid with all our 13 neighborhoods listed. You call me (520- 248-6882) to plug in the tasks and the number of workers needed and a contact person who will head up the group(s).
Fabulous UA Athletes in Service to neighbors
January 6th and then January 12th we had the good fortune of having 37 and then 17 UA athletes offer to clean yards for our neighbors. I cannot say enough about their great attitudes. Kudos to UA Cross Country/ Track and Field and Women's Soccer! Many thanks to Jewish Federation for lending us enough tools for the jobs! Many thanks to 29th Street CAN, another neighborhood group like LAH, who shared some of our fortune with us.
Special Needs: home maintenance
Need one or two of our handy men to contact and visit with our senior neighbors to see what can be worked on to make home a better place. Maybe some yard cleanup removing stuff or maybe some simple plumbing work in bathrooms (drips etc.).