On April 18, 2018, San Luis Care Center in Alamosa, Colorado, hosted its annual Volunteer Party at a local restaurant, Cavillo’s.
San Luis Care Center has more than 30 volunteers who help out frequently throughout the year.
“We are so fortunate to have groups and individuals who want to share their time, talent and treasure with our residents,” said Ericha Loosbrock, marketing and admissions director.
Volunteers help with live musical entertainment, communion, Bible study sessions and sermons, for a few examples. The local community college brings student nurses regularly to help on the floor and visit with residents, and a private music studio brings its students for regular performances. In addition, a local developmentally challenged group brings its residents for arts and crafts sessions with residents, and the local Kiwanis-sponsored Key Club (high school group) and Builders Club (middle school students) join together to help celebrate holidays by making gift baskets to share with residents or sending valentine cards.
During the dinner, San Luis Care Center presented its annual volunteer awards: Volunteer Group of the Year and Individual Volunteer of the Year.
The Volunteer Group of the Year Award went to the Key Club and Builders Club.
“Visiting with residents at the San Luis Care Center provides our students the opportunity to experience life at a different pace,” said Wendy Willet, Alamosa High School’s Key Club sponsor. “After a visit, they tell us that they put away their phones (which is hard for kids to do) and look forward to visiting with people and seeing them smile when we come into the room.”
The Individual Volunteer of the Year Award went to Adrian Colon, an Alamosa High School junior. She visits with residents one on one, regularly calls bingo and plays guitar during the evenings, all while balancing her academics and other school functions.
“We are so incredibly grateful for the volunteers who serve at San Luis Care Center,” said Jay Beaudoin, regional vice president. “For many of our volunteers, it is a calling or ministry. They work alongside our team members to bring smiles to faces and add joy to our residents’ days. Their spirit represents the best in all of us – to serve the people of their community out of the kindness and compassion in their hearts. We appreciate so much what they do and the real difference they make in the lives of the residents whom we serve together.”
Alexis Richardson, activity director, added, “Volunteers are a big part of our residents’ care. They help to make our facility feel more like home. Our residents enjoy visitors, and remembering that not all residents have that is another reason why each week every volunteer who comes in makes a big difference. They are the ones who don’t forget about our residents with warming hellos and caring hearts. They make each resident feel special, and we’re forever grateful for the help, positivity and love they continue to share day after day.”