Christmas is coming! And both the Bradford House and the Gentry House are getting ready for holiday cheer. We appreciate our caregivers so much and want to celebrate their creative spirits as they prepare the spaces for Christmas.
We will also be having other fun ways to celebrate Christmas with our clients this year. There will be Christmas sing alongs a plenty. Christmas cookies are always a favorite as well. Plus, we will have the opportunities for our clients to reminisce and share their own Christmas memories from years gone by.
(a guest post by Gavin, one of our caregivers)
Last Friday, as we celebrated Halloween at the Bradford House, we had fourteen little four-and-five-year-olds come visit us from their preschool. It was an amazing time for our clients. The kiddos had fun and amazing costumes on (only 3 Elsas in the bunch). As they went around, showing off their costumes and greeting each person there, you could watch the hearts of our clients grow bigger minute by minute. As they prepared to leave and offered hugs to the grandmas and grandpas, the smiles in the room were uncontainable. As I was standing with one of our clients, surrounded by little ones, I commented on how adorable they were, she looked at me, her face lit up with a huge smile, and said “this is so amazing, I think I might cry.” Honestly, at that moment I felt my heart begin to hurt, it was such a wonderful moment, filled with such joy.
At SADP we spend most of our time with people struggling on a daily basis with dementia. Sometimes, honestly, this is hard work. It is not fun to watch as people we care for lose more and more of who they are. But in the midst of this I am reminded that their needs are still very real. They need laughter. They need joy. They need friendship. They need love. Sometimes as we work (or, or in many people’s cases, live) with people struggling with dementia on a day to day basis, we forget this truth. We find ourselves focused on the struggles. We find ourselves just trying to get through another day or another behavior issue. But every now and then, we are given the opportunity to see joy in the eyes of those we care for. It happened last Friday as we celebrated Halloween with the preschoolers. It happens regularly when we have our musicians come in and sing with us. And it is something to be treasured and celebrated each time it happens.
We appreciate our caregivers and the hard work they do every day, as well as the energy they bring to the clients. Greeting folks as they come in each morning with a cup of coffee or cocoa, facilitating morning discussions around the table, leading the clients in exercises, or helping with basic caregiving, our workers always bring a smile, a wonderful attitude and a genuine caring heart to work each day.
It was a joy to be able to celebrate with Brittany, one of our staff members at the Bradford House, on her birthday yesterday.
We wanted to say a big “thank you” to Bradford House’s resident volunteer handyman, Gary Benson! Whether he’s cleaning the carpet, fixing the lights or washing the windows, we always know that the Bradford House is in good hands. Just last week we were surprised to find him outside clearing out our gutters. Thank you Gary for all your work.
We wanted to offer a big “thank you” to Gary Dear and Chrisy Lynch of Mad Hatter’s Ice Cream at the corner of 6th and R Ave in Anacortes for their wonderful support of the Gentry House. On August 6th they hosted their second annual fundraiser for the Gentry House, giving a portion of their proceeds to our cause. Thank you so much for your amazing generosity!
Big Lake Girl Scout Troop #43583 earned a community project badge when the ambitious young scouts took on rebuilding the front fence at Bradford House.
Board Member Barry Christensen helped lead the way during the two day project that took place mid April. Fence materials were donated by Soroptimist of Burlington and Sedro Woolley.
“The girls learned about teamwork, patience, listening, following directions and doing things the right way. It was a personal reward for them to see a project finished,” said Troop Leader, Melissa Snodgrass-Wold, “Some of them found they really enjoyed building things, while others enjoyed digging holes and planting flowers.”
Scouts featured in photos include Elise, Bella, Katie, Lila and Olivia.
The fence is waiting to be painted…yet another project for willing volunteers awaits!
If you are interested in taking on a fence painting project this Spring, please contact Bradford House: 360-755-1235
2014 makes the fifth year the Skagit Island Builder’s Association (SICBA) has hosted a Playhouse Competition to benefit local charities.
Each of five builders/landscaper teams partner with a charity to construct a five star playhouse that would dazzle any child.
Skagit Adult Day Program, along with four other charities will raise money by selling $5.00 raffle tickets for a chance to win a playhouse.
The winners will be announced on Sunday afternoon, March 23rd, during SIBCA’s 34th annual Home & Garden show help March 21 – 23rd at the Skagit County Fairgrounds.
According to Brenda Harter, SICBA’s Executive Director, attendees at the show will have the chance to take part in the 5th Annual SICBA Playhouse Competition! Vote for your favorite playhouse that was designed and built by SICBA member teams and donated to the charity they partnered with for the occasion. Attendees may also purchase raffle tickets to win one of the 5 unique playhouses on site directly from the charity promoting the playhouse of their choosing. Raffle proceeds will go to the Team’s Charity of Choice. The raffle drawings and people’s choice drawing will take place on Sunday afternoon after Ciscoe’s presentation.
The Skagit Adult Day Program playhouse featured in our video was generously built by: Landed Gentry Homes & Communities. After the play house is moved to a location determined by the winner, it will be Landscaped by Hillman’s Tranquil Hardscapes.
To purchase tickets please call Skagit Adult Day Program 360- 755-1235 from 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday. You may also call Nancy Gentry: 360-420-4344 or EMAIL US for more information.
Or Simply Stop By:
Gentry House in Anacortes or Bradford House in Burlington
Landed Gentry Homes & Communities in Burlington
Asking for help isn’t easy. But it’s necessary. Without support from our community, we can’t exist. In this video, Executive Director Nancy Gentry explains our special circumstances and need for ongoing financial support.