A few weeks ago, a commenter on Facebook told us that our residents are awesome.
And it’s true, our residents are awesome. Many of them are incredibly active—almost every time I want to meet with residents one on one, I am told that I better make an appointment, because this or that resident is always on the go. That’s exciting. H.O.M.E. is proud to be a place that helps seniors maintain their own level of independence.
We are also proud that our residents want to take part in their community at H.O.M.E. There are often ways that residents can help out around H.O.M.E. Sometimes they take part in H.O.M.E. events; sometimes they come up with ideas of things they want to do on their own. Here are just four ways that our residents have pitched in to help the H.O.M.E. community in the past three months:
1. Participated in the Hunger Walk:
In June, three residents joined the ranks of volunteers, staff, and friends who walked in the Hunger Walk to raise funds and awareness for ending hunger in Chicago. Through that effort, they helped raise nearly $2,000 in credit at the Food Depository, which helps H.O.M.E. feed the seniors who live in shared living at Pat Crowley House and Nathalie Salmon House.
2. Shared their tips:
Last month, residents at Nathalie Salmon House shared what independence means to them along with their tips for staying independent. You can check out the tips here.
3. Landscaping Fundraiser:
Residents at Nathalie Salmon House have been helping out with gardening and beautifying this summer and wanted to supply some plants for the grounds. So on July 15th, residents put together an event to raise money for landscaping at the property. A retired hairdresser offered haircuts while other residents offered manicures and sold handmade jewelry. Together, they raised $165 to buy trees and other supplies to revitalize the Nathalie Salmon House grounds
4. Threw a baby shower:
Last week, H.O.M.E.’s residents hosted a baby shower for a former Pat Crowley House Resident Assistant who will be moving into Nathalie Salmon House’s family apartment this month. Residents made gifts for the baby and celebrated together. What a welcome!
The efforts that our clients take to support H.O.M.E. and each other are a great demonstration of the ownership they take in their community. Beyond having a safe, affordable place to live, H.O.M.E.’s intergenerational housing program creates a warm, supportive living environment where residents engage in activities and find support they need from H.O.M.E. staff, volunteers, and other residents.
Our residents are awesome, don’t you think?
If you would like to be a part of the H.O.M.E. community, there are several ways you can get involved. Check out opportunities to get involved here.
Do you know a senior who is looking for housing? Our shared living residences currently have vacancies. If you know a senior who would benefit from the caring, active community H.O.M.E. provides at Pat Crowley House or Nathalie Salmon House, follow the link below to get more information.