Evergreen Nursing Home in Alamosa, Colorado, hosted its annual Volunteer Appreciation Party on April 17, 2018, at a local restaurant, Juanito’s.
More than 25 volunteers, including two resident volunteers, attended the party.
“We have more than 40 individuals who regularly come to our home each year,” said Ericha Loosbrock, marketing and admissions director. “These volunteers offer a wide range of activities, from playing live music to bringing communion to our residents.”
Volunteers also help with the scrapbooking card club, live entertainment, the table centerpiece club and dining room hosts. They even include the local developmentally challenged group, which comes in to help with bingo and play with the residents.
During the banquet, Evergreen Nursing Home gave out two awards, Individual Volunteer of the Year, which went to Juan Espinoza, and Group Volunteer of the Year, which went to Nancy Foulk and her granddaughters Samantha and Hannah Shelton.
Espinoza volunteers almost daily, helping in the dining room as a host, helping residents to their rooms, joining residents in their activities and most importantly visiting with folks who just want to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee or soda.
Foulk and her granddaughters join Evergreen at least twice a month, leading the Card Club.
“These ladies give their valuable time, talent and oftentimes their own supplies to teach residents how to make beautiful greeting cards and centerpieces for the residents and associates to enjoy,” said Loosbrock.
Samantha and Hannah, along with their little brother, Warren, also graciously donated their newly found Easter eggs and trinkets when they learned a family arrived a little too late to the Evergreen Easter Egg Hunt. The trio created their own Easter egg hunt for the family! The family was thrilled and couldn’t thank the Shelton kids enough.
“Our volunteers are a key element to the success of the activities program,” said Maria Quintana, activity director. “They really make a difference in our residents’ lives.”
Kara Finger, executive director, added: “The impact our volunteers make in our residents’ lives is often measured by the attendance of the activity. I have witnessed many individuals who are resistant to join groups but will come out of their room to sing hymns, make greeting cards or play poker with our volunteers. I have come to appreciate that being a member of the Alamosa community means we come together regardless of age or ability. It means we come together because of our abilities and our desire to make a difference in our community.”
Volunteers got to take home the candy bouquet centerpieces, which residents and the activities team had made.