MESSAGE FROM THE CEO
As we begin the month of March, I feel the need to go back a few weeks and comment on the February 2nd opening reception of the Resident Art Program show at the Arts Club of Washington. Fourteen resident artists, along with Chris Alvear, the Art Program Director, displayed over 50 works at the Club and it was viewed by many throughout the month. Words can never fully express the residents' thrill at seeing their work exhibited in such a prestigious gallery. Further, the interaction between the artists and those attending the opening was, to say the least, a "heart-be-still" moment. I think Dr. Erich Keel, the Curator for the show, best summed it up in his opening remarks. "When I was asked to look at all of the art for exhibition in the 2017/2018 season, I felt rarely as excited as when I came across the slides presented by the Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home. I remember clearly saying...(that) this is a group whose art I want to curate. From the slides alone, I could hear fresh voices and see that here is art made honestly, spontaneously, with joy or simply from an inner need." A big "thank you" to the Arts Club of Washington and our volunteer team who manage the Resident Art Program, including Chris Alvear, Lisa Finn, Michael Roy and Beth Fluto. And, but of course, we thank our Activities team including Karen Phillips, Lee Jarrett, Marlena Keenan and Quiana Powell. None of this would have been possible without their devotion to the residents and the program.
Given the great success of the Arts Club show, it provides me a good segue to our upcoming garden party, "Where Hope Grows." Scheduled for May 24, the annual celebration of the Home, the residents and our mission of service will provide attendees an opportunity to again view and purchase the wonderful works of resident artists. As always, there will be music and dancing, food, a silent auction, and the presentation of the Laura Lisner Award to a deserving advocate who works to better the lives of seniors. I urge you all to watch for ticket information and, if interested, please consider a sponsorship or donation for the silent auction. Like the show at the Arts Club, this evening of celebration serves to strengthen the Home's role in helping seniors live life to the fullest.
Photos from the opening night reception of the Resident Artwork Exhibition at The Arts Club of Washington
From left, Bonnie Grover, founder of the Resident Art Program;
Marlena Keenan, Activities Assistant; Chris Alvear, Resident Art Program Director; Sue Hargreaves, Administrator; Karen Phillips, Director of Activities; Lee Jarrett, Associate Director of Activities; and, Debbie Lyle, Executive Assistant to the CEO
From right, Beverly Wallace, Resident Artist
being greeted by a guest
Gladys Kazigian, Resident Artist (center) with
and Lisa Finn, Resident Art Program
Brenda Wyche, Resident Artist with
Sue Hargreaves, Administrator of the Home
Chris Alvear (center) with Resident Artist Jackie Kelley and
Resident Artist Alemu Demissie
MARCH IS "EMPLOYEE SPIRIT MONTH"!
March is "Employee Spirit Month," a time for supervisors and managers to inspire and boost the spirit of the most valuable asset of any organization - Its employees. People who have a positive attitude about the work they do are more motivated to perform their jobs well. Maintaining a positive attitude can depend on many things, among them a management culture that promotes and embraces employee involvement and is open to suggestions on ways to improve an organization's operations. People also like to know they are appreciated and showing them that they are can take many forms. Here at the Home, we do our best to make sure we share our appreciation all through the year and in ways that are both serious as well as, shall we say, quirky and fun!
Each year for the past 14 years, we have gathered together in the drawing room to recognize those of our staff who have distinguished themselves by their length of service to the Home and its residents. Each honoree receives a certificate of recognition and a service year pin commensurate with their years of service. There are many smiles and, yes, tears at this ceremony as we all take a trip "down memory lane" about the years and experiences we have shared at the Home.
Sue Hargreaves, far left, and Ward Orem, far right, with staff who received employee recognition for years served; awards are given for one year of service, and then in increments of five years. Sonja Carter, Cosmetologist, (center) received her 30 year certificate and pin. Congratulations to everyone!
To Become a Sponsor
FY 2018 GRANTS
Aid Association for the Blind of
Walter Brownley Trust
DC Commission on the Arts
Mary and Daniel Loughran Foundation
S. Kann Sons Company Foundation
The Ada and Albert Wibel
The Elizabeth R.Shoemaker
The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz
The Home is proud to hold a five-star rating from the Federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, the highest attainable, and has again been rated one of the best nursing homes for 2017 by US News and World Report.
If 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