Once more, the Zion Lutheran Gathering Place volunteers, aka the Little Team that Could, have been out roaming the streets and spreading good cheer! On Wednesday, August 12th, five volunteers plus CarePartners Coordinator Nanci Engle, paraded through the Heights and surrounding areas to visit care partners (clients) and their caregivers.
We called the event “Sundaes on a Wednesday” because our gift bags contained all the fixin’s of an ice cream sundae or two, or three. Sprinkles, cookies, nuts, and cherries – oh my! At the last possible minute, a pint of Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla and a pint of Blue Bell Chocolate was added to each bag. A gift of consumables is always a good thing and the surprise brought lots of smiles and discussions if these items should be consumed immediately or after a healthy meal.
Visiting on the front porch with Carolyn and Richard, we heard the story of their recent 50th Anniversary and the parade in their neighborhood – decorations, wedding photos, and cards were still on display on their porch. At Margaret’s house, she showed us one of her Gathering Place craft projects which had been recently framed. And at Mildred’s, Nanci had the opportunity to carry on a conversation in sign language and Mildred shared her excitement at her upcoming 100th birthday! Perhaps Blue Bell AND cake next month! – Nanci Engle, CarePartners Coordinator.
CarePartners is a nonprofit, volunteer-led organization that provides support, education, and resources for caregivers and quality care to those living with memory loss and other challenges of aging. Much of our care is for the vulnerable elderly and individuals with Alzheimer’s or related dementia. CarePartners serves all people at no cost. We provide life-changing care as well as educational and support services to families in the Greater Houston area through our four core programs; Gathering Place, Second Family, Common Ground and Caregiver Educational Events. Visit our Monitoring the Coronavirus webpage for more helpful resources.