ZEELAND, Mich. (June 2015) – Royal Park Place and Vanderbilt Charter Academy celebrated the fifth year of their Pen Pal program this spring, marking the occasion with a pizza party. In the program, Royal Park Place residents pair up with third-, fourth-, and fifth-grade students from the Holland school for an academic year of old-school letter-writing and life-sharing. The pen pals create remarkable memories, utilize penmanship skills, and form special relationships between generations. To celebrate another year of the program, Jenny Rutkauskas, K-4 Dean at Vanderbilt, and Paula St.Amant, Royal Park Place Life Enrichment Director, put their heads together to create an end-of-year pizza party for the group. This year’s event took the cake as the most fun thus far. Pizza, Wii bowling, and golf cart rides were enjoyed by all! You can find more photos of the pen pals on the Royal Park Place Facebook page. More intergenerational stories: Victorian Village hosts Senior Prom Park Place of Elmhurst teams up with Timothy
TINLEY PARK, Ill. (March 2015) — At Providence Life Services, we are so blessed by and thankful for the wonderful staff members who fill a variety of roles at each Providence community. Every year in March, we honor some of our employees at the “Hallmark of Caring” event; this year, the theme of the event is “Reflections of Grace.” Staff, residents, and families at each location nominated people whose compassion, heart, and skill make a difference, and those who were selected are invited to a celebration on March 20. We’d like to bring these outstanding employees to your attention, too! We’ll share a little about each of the Providence people who were chosen this year to receive the honor, naming a few more each day until the Hallmark of Caring event. Look for updates here and announcements on our Facebook pages, and take a moment to congratulate the honorees! Want to work with these wonderful people? Look for job openings at www.workatprovidence.com. Honorees from Providence Life Services, corporate office: Beth Cunningham, Executive Assistant Beth’s poise and sunny disposition, as well as her professionalism, are always a bright spot in the day. She is always eager to help and represents Providence with the […]
TINLEY PARK, Ill. (February 2015) — Whether you have a sweetheart or not, Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to think about your own heart — specifically, about heart health. Every year since 1963, the President has issued a proclamation declaring February “American Heart Month.” (You can read this year’s official proclamation here.) The American Heart Association notes that there are many things that Americans can do to fight heart disease, and that there’s good reason to do so: heart disease is the number one killer of Americans, and it affects more than one in three American adults. But you can lower your risk by improving your health, and one big way to do that is through regular exercise. At Providence communities, one of the ways for residents to stay fit is with SeniorFITness, a service provided by Symbria. According to the Symbria website, SeniorFITness is designed to improve strength, balance, mobility, and cognitive health. The program is customized for seniors in any setting, from skilled nursing to assisted living to independent living. SeniorFITness is available at Park Place of Elmhurst, Royal Park Place, Victorian Village, Village Woods, and Saratoga Grove. “SeniorFITness is a wonderful program that gets people moving at Saratoga Grove,” said […]
October is Pastor Appreciation Month, and we took advantage of the occasion to ask Providence residents about their pastors. We put together this video to express appreciation for the work of our own chaplains, as well as the support of pastors from surrounding churches who bless residents of our communities with visits, prayers, and spiritual support. Thank you!
Veterans Day is an appropriate time to honor the men and women who have served in the Armed Forces and fought for liberty. But to get a sense of what liberty can mean, it’s also helpful to hear from civilians who lived through times when liberty was threatened. Rose Tieman is a resident at Royal Park Place, a Providence Life Services community in Zeeland. Here she shares her memories of the World War II invasion of the Netherlands. We post them this month to honor our seniors who are part of the World War II generation, and to honor the history they represent. Hunger Winter: the Dutch famine of 1944 In the fall of 1944, the Hongerwinter started. The Germans were planning to starve the Dutch to death — slowly though, so there wouldn’t be any rioting. We got coupons for a half a loaf of bread per person per week — which is one slice a day. We could not live on one slice of bread and had to find other food. Once we bought some sausage made from cat meat. It didn’t taste very good. And my sister went begging at the big slaughterhouse for animal by-product. And sometimes […]