MESSAGE FROM THE ADMINISTRATOR
Happy Fourth of July to all! As summer is now in full swing, we look forward to the many activities and celebrations the Lisner Family will enjoy. From our July 4th cookout and fireworks (a long standing tradition), to celebrating a milestone 100th birthday of our resident Shirley Simon, there is much fun and excitement ahead. I'm also pleased to share that, over the course of the last month, the Home completed two unannounced annual surveys, one for the Nursing Facility and one for the Community Residential Facility (CRF). Both were very successful, which validate
s the hard work and dedication that the Lisner team displays every day.
Recently, the Home celebrated its 80th anniversary with many friends and family. It was a wonderful party and a successful fundraiser. Over this span of time, we reflect upon those lives we have touched and how those precious moments have changed each of us for the better. As seen in the article below, the Home received two outstanding awards from the District of Columbia Health Care Association -- one to our devoted hairdresser and manager, Sonja Carter, who received the DC Ancillary Staff Award of the Year and another to the Resident Art Program Volunteers (Chris Alvear, Lisa Finn, Michael Roy, Willa Golden and Beth Fluto) who were awarded the DC Volunteer Group of the Year. I can say that the commitment and devotion these individuals have expressed to the residents represents the continuous thread of our long-standing commitment to making a difference in the lives of those we serve. Congratulations to these amazing people!
My best wishes to everyone for a wonderful summer. Stay safe and cool throughout your many adventures in the coming weeks.
The Home Receives District of Columbia Health Care Association Awards
The District of Columbia Health Care Association (DCHCA) held their annual convention on June 20th at the Silver Spring Convention Center. The Home was the recipient of two distinguished awards in the categories of Ancillary Staff Member of the Year Award and Volunteer Group of the Year Award. Sonja Carter, Cosmetology Manager, received the Ancillary Staff Member of the Year Award for her committed service to the Home for over 30 years. In her introductory remarks, Sue Hargreaves stated that "our beautician has been the cornerstone of resident life...when residents leave her shop, they beam; they feel like a million bucks and they look it, too." Sonja has always been more than just a beautician as she helps the residents recall their fondest memories and finds a way to bring laughter into their lives. We congratulate Sonja and deeply appreciate her love and caring toward the residents, her volunteerism with the Home's events, and hope that she will stay with us for a very long time.
Over the last five years, the Home's Resident Art Program has benefited from the personal hours of volunteering that several individuals have donated to helping our residents express themselves through many different artistic mediums. Chris Alvear, the volunteer Resident Art Director, along with Beth Fluto, Michael Roy, Lisa Finn, and Willa Golden, participate in the 2-hour art class on a weekly basis throughout the year. They bring individual skill sets and hands-on support to each resident, along with laughter and a sense of comradery that helps the residents express themselves through creative artwork. Ward Orem introduced the group as the DCHCA Nominee for Volunteer Group of the Year and in doing so stated that, "This facility finds it difficult to fully express its gratitude to this group of very special volunteers whose work enhances their lives as well as those of the residents whom they serve. A well-known American author once wrote 'Brighten the corner where you are and you will light the world.' " This group of volunteers give true meaning to this quote as their ongoing efforts make all the difference in the lives of the residents."
Sonja Carter, right, accepts the Ancillary Staff Member of the Year Award from Veronica Damesyn-Sharpe, President of DCHCA
Michael Roy (left) with Chris Alvear and Lisa Finn are the proud recipients of the Volunteer Group of the Year for their commitment to the Resident Art Program. Not pictured are Beth Fluto and Willa Golden.
Shirley Simon Celebrates 100th Birthday
Shirley Simon, a resident of the Home for nearly three years, will celebrate her 100th birthday on July 12th. She was born in Rochester, New York and married her husband (who has since passed) in 1941. After leaving Rochester, she moved to Maryland and worked as an administrative assistant. She moved to DC over twenty years ago and lived at Friendship Terrace. Shirley has a long history of volunteering in the community, including Iona House and the Home where she gave of her time for many years. One of Shirley's favorite activities is to sing along with Dale Allen Jarrett, musician and entertainer. Mr. Jarrett and Shirley go way back to when she met him at Iona House years ago, and today he still performs Shirley's favorites from Broadway show tunes to selections from the Great American songbook. Come join us on July 12th as we celebrate Shirley's birthday; there will be a special performance by Mr. Jarrett in honor of Shirley.
Happy Birthday Shirley!!
Residents Contribute to Stepping Stones Shelter
As part of giving back to the community, the residents of the Home decorated potholders to donate to the Stepping Stones Shelter. The Shelter houses and relocates homeless families in the greater Washington, DC area, and accepts donations of household items to help the families settle into their new homes. The residents are happy to be able to give to others.
Activities Associate Marlena Keenan (center) assists residents Gladys Kazigian (left), Jacki Kelly (front), and Queen Hargett (back) in painting potholders.
HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!
THANK YOU TO OUR 80TH ANNIVERSARY
The John Dickson Home
The Henry and Annie Hurt Home for the Blind
The Elizabeth R. Shoemaker Home
Hamilton Insurance Agency
The Louise Home
Matthew and Joanne Tobriner
Allied Pharmaceutical Services, Inc.
Bank of America
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
Hertzbach & Company, P.A.
Hysong Funeral Home
LINK Strategic Partners
Medline Industries, Inc.
Somerset Development Company, LLC.
Bollinger Energy Corporation
Brightstar Communications, Inc.
Cooper & Crickman, PLLC
Douglas Development Corporation
The Family Council of the LLDH Home
Matthew and Lena Frumin
Jeremy and Suzanne Landsman/Avenue Real Estate
Carole B. Lewis,
DPT, GCS, GTC, MPA, PhD, PSOAE, FAPTA,
Joel and Carolyn Nazdin
New Community Partners
L. Ward Orem
David and Connie Povich
The Resident Council of the LLDH Home
Marta Anne Schneider, MD
Bay City Pest Management, Inc.
Blauch and Associates, LLC
Scott and Sue Hargreaves
Jackson & Campbell, P.C.
HPSI Purchasing Services, LLC
Jackson & Campbell
Thorn and Sharis Pozen
Radiation Physics, Inc.
Regional Construction Company, Inc.
The Charitable Foundation of the Washington (DC) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
FY 2019 GRANTS
Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3E
DC Commission on the Arts
S. Kann Sons Company Foundation
The Elizabeth R. Shoemaker
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