Residents of the Frewsburg Rest Home turned their attention to the local community during the past holiday season and beyond by making several charitable contributions to area organizations.
Their efforts actually began last summer when residents sold cookies during community events. Supplies for the cookies were provided by the facility and the $575 that was raised was used to make monetary donations to the Meyers Memorial Library, St Susan’s Center, Community Helping Hands, the Frewsburg Fire Department, Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System Outreach the Salvation Army and the Chautauqua County Humane Society during the month of December. This month, in addition to the gifts of money, the residents also donated 25 gently used blankets to the Humane Society.
Brittany Anderson, Activities Director for the facility recognizes that this area is where most of the residents grew up and raised their own families. “It doesn’t stop being THEIR community just because they have changed addresses or need more assistance with daily living.” she states. “Participating in activities that benefit others is very rewarding to them.” she adds. Ms. Anderson strongly feels that her residents are a caring group of people who do not want to be seen as a burden. Their community spirit also gives them a sense of pride. “They like being recognized for the good deeds that they do!” she proclaims.
The residents enjoy the camaraderie that they feel with each other and the causes that they serve. Living in a community setting serves to increase their generous and caring energy. One elderly gentleman made the following observation; “I actually do more active things here than I did when I was in my own apartment!” Another added “Even though we need some assistance, there are still people out there who can use our help.” Working together to help others has enriched the lives of each resident, not only keeping them busy but making them feel valued. “Helping others makes life worth living” one of the ladies in the group remarked. “People help us so much it is nice to return the favor!”
The Rest Home’s owner, the Tanglewood Group, was also a part of the community giving this past year, donating $5,000 to The Relief Zone, Inc., a community youth center located in the village of Frewsburg. “We are very excited to become involved with the local community on a more intimate level as a result of our acquisition, “ said Terri Ingersoll, Tanglewood’s Chief Operating Officer. “It is wonderful to witness our resident’s sense of accomplishment and pride as a result of all of our charitable endeavors.”