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Looking back at the past year of COVID

TOP: Jeff Fischer led a Zoom gathering with residents during which they made Valentines.
BOTTOM: Laura Gulley led a paint class for residents using Zoom.

We’ve made it through an entire year since the pandemic first hit. On March 25, 2020, President Trump declared a state of emergency, which brought about several changes for our country.

Without a doubt, senior living for all was affected. New safety regulations were put in place to minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19. The once-open doors of senior living communities had to close to visitors and local volunteers, and a new normal ensued. April is volunteer appreciation month, and this past year has been tough for both residents and local volunteers.

Zoom, FaceTime, WhatsApp … the list of new ways to bring people together goes on. We have been very fortunate to have these means of communication, but we’re also thankful to have volunteers who continue to reach out to our residents. Laura Gulley was able to lead a paint class by Zoom, teaching resident how to paint snowy landscapes. Jeff Fischer also led a Zoom gathering with residents. They made valentines together, which provided an opportunity to socialize a little.

Though they couldn’t come into the building, that didn’t stop people from wanting to volunteer and/or donate. So many have reached out and donated craft supplies, books, DVDs, masks, and much more.

Presbyterian Village would like to thank everyone who has contributed their time and donations while getting through this past year. We’d also like to thank all of residents who stepped up and helped out this past year, from distributing mail, decorating, leading and organizing activities, and so much more!

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