Heritage Manor Healthcare Center: “A renewed sense of hope”
The 15 students deployed to the Heritage Manor Healthcare Center, a skilled nursing facility, did a bit of everything, from cleaning a maintenance office and painting a conference room to helping with lunch and watching TV with the residents, who have a variety of disabilities. The school’s jazz band also performed for them.
Besides the service aspect, the experience also “helps introduce students into the work life,” said sophomore James Davis.
Residents and staff always enjoy when people come to volunteer, “but it really hasn’t been the magnitude that it is today, and we’re excited for the residents and the staff,” said Executive Director Cyndi Porter.
“It gives me some comfort in knowing that these students have some service-oriented thoughts because those may very well be the students who end up being health-care professionals who provide services for our staff members and myself,” she said. “So it gives me a renewed sense of hope in our future.”
Sophomore Felicity Spurgeon prepares a wall for painting at the Heritage Manor Healthcare Center, with help from Landann Brown.