What began as an evening of pizza, shared stories, and commonalities has developed into a partnership between the elder residents of Arbor Terrace in Morris Plains and the clients and staff at Roots and Wings (R&W).
Since 2017, the Arbor Terrace residents, with the efforts of Mary Beth Kane, senior care counselor, have become an integral part of empowering and motivating our young clients. A workshop introducing R&W clients to their senior community was the beginning of this intergenerational connection.
“Our residents are eager to connect with and support the R&W team,” said Kane, who plans to create additional opportunities to explore relationships of mutual support. “They are open to being a resource to the clients.”
R&W is grateful to the Arbor Terrace residents for their thoughtfulness during the 2020 holiday season. They, along with their engagement team, filled holiday stockings with wonderful gifts and treats for our clients.
At the end of January, the R&W staff will attend Mental Health First Aid training with the Mental Health Association of Morris and Essex County through a sponsorship by Arbor Terrace-Morris Plains.
“Connection to others and the opportunity to feel needed are some of life’s most essential components,” Kane shared. “Arbor Terrace residents and the R & W folks have so much to gain through these opportunities. We look forward to additional opportunities to impact each other’s lives.”