As we close out the 2019 holiday season, we look back fondly at the many magical moments we spent together during the past month. Naturally, there was ample food involved in all aspects of our celebration, along with music, dancing and presents. It truly was another "heart be still" time here on Western Avenue.
Now, as we begin looking forward to a new year and a new decade, we can begin setting goals for 2020. We all have personal projects we'd like to tackle...some modest and some large scale projects, from cleaning out closets that are overflowing to modifying our food intake, from redoing a room in our house to renovating from top to bottom, the list goes on. While these are all important and reasonable objectives, these kinds of tasks can often consume us and distract us from the more life-enriching moments. Our wish is that we all take a moment and recognize those things that truly make a difference in our lives. The compassion and care that resonates within our Home are indeed among those qualities of life that are most important. The laughter we share, the tears we shed, the relationships that are created...these are the true essence of a life well-lived and a journey filled with meaning. May we continue to live our mission by empowering low and modest income elders to live life to the fullest.
Welcome to the "Education Room"
A new office has been set up to specifically support the Home's nursing staff programs for training and continuing education. Located on Main Street at the Home, the "Education Room" houses the office of Isata Sesay, RN, Assistant Director of Nursing and Staff Educator. The office has a section with a table, chairs and two laptops for staff use during training sessions as well as a bulletin board that displays the educational topic for the week and a clinical cart used for staff competency demonstrations.
The "Education Room" provides a conducive space and atmosphere to foster a positive learning experience. This learning space is meant to create a sense of rapport among the staff and an openness to ask questions. The "Education Room" was established to keep the staff well-informed so that they can promote and maintain the quality of life for our residents. Some of the programs offered are:
- Patient assessment
- Skin and wound care
- Medication administration documentation
- Access to Medline University educational materials for hands-on health care staff
- Annual competencies
We are extremely excited to have the new "Education Room" as a welcome addition to Main Street.
Isata Sesay, RN, Assistant Director of Nursing, Staff Educator
WAYS OF GIVING
A gift from you will help sustain the Home for years to come. Please think about the residents of the Home and how you can help them live their lives to the fullest. Here are some ways that you can show your support:
1. You can make a contribution by clicking on the
button in this newsletter and you will be taken directly to the Home's website donation page. Please consider joining our
Monthly Sustainer Program,
details of which can be found on the website donation page at
2. When you shop, please be sure to shop at
will donate 5% of your total eligible purchase price to the Home; all you have to do is select the Abraham and Laura Lisner Home (AKA Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home) as the charitable organization you wish to receive donations.
3. The Home is a member of
United Way of the National Capital Area
#5008, and the
Combined Federal Campaign
4. We invite you to explore the option of
through a charitable bequest that you might establish in the future.
5. While visiting the Home, please stop by
Kaufman's Gift Shop
located on Main Street at the Home. The gift shop is staffed by volunteers from St. John's Community Center and offers a variety of items including scarves, handbags, jewelry, greeting cards, snacks, etc. All proceeds go to benefit the residents of the Home.
6. If you are looking for a unique gift from our
Resident Art Gallery
contact Debbie Lyle at
or call 202-966-6667, ext. 3373.
Santa (Chris Alvear) and his Elf (Lisa Finn) visit the residents during the Resident Holiday Party
FY 2019/2020 GRANTS
Ada and Albert Wibel Foundation
Aid Association for the Blind of the District of Columbia
Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3E
DC Commission on the Arts
John Edward Fowler Memorial Foundation
S. Kann Sons Company Foundation
The Elizabeth R. Shoemaker Home
The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
f your workplace has a giving program, please consider supporting the Home.
Your pre-tax deduction will make a huge difference to the residents.
LLDHH designation numbers are:
United Way #8007