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The DPD family brought 2014 to conclusion with its annual Christmas Party for all our group homes, families, volunteers and friends. It was a wonderful event with many smiling faces as we all enjoyed the delicious food provided by Portofino’s Restaurant and served up with help from Susan Dulles, the Bohn and Ryder families. We danced to the music of “5 O’clock Somewhere” and enjoyed quality time with our personal favorite, Santa Claus (aka John Risko.)
Although the lines to talk with Santa were long everyone had a chance to express their hopes for Christmas and received a present courtesy of the Racz, the Norz, and the Daly families.
Now as the New Year gets underway “People Need Friends” volunteers are busier than ever providing amazing occasions for creativity, fellowship and fun for the people of the DPD.
The variety of things friends are doing together include: dinner at a Greek restaurant, movies, shopping, going to church, Christmas parties and crafts, Zumba classes, baking, singing and movie & popcorn parties are just some of the recent ways friends have been filling these cold winter days. However, without a doubt, the warm hearts of “People Need Friends” members can melt away the winter blues. God Bless you for all you do on behalf of those who are so vulnerable among us.
Gruenert Center employee Seton and Margaret Wallace sneak out for a lunch date at the diner to break up the work day. Longtime volunteer, Margaret is the daughter of Joe Wallace, a beloved part of DPD’s past and namesake for the Wallace House group home in Sparta.
"C.A.R.E." Choir, which stands for "Catholic Adult Religious Education" provided the music for Mass at Saint Thomas the Apostle Parish in Oak Ridge on December 8, 2014. The parish of Saint Thomas the Apostle generously hosts our CARE (and has for the last 25 years), with volunteer parishioners, Joanne Rossi, from Saint Kateri Parish and many Pope John XXIII, Sparta students.
We especially thank our wonderful pastor and friend, Father Matt Twiggs, who warmly welcomes the DPD into the St. Thomas parish and supports all our efforts and events.
Newlyweds Martin & Pamela Addison with Peter from Murray House are seen here having an evening of fun and celebration. Peter visited and shared dessert (sugar free brownie and sugar free ice cream) and got to see their Christmas tree.
Needless to say, he was a bit excited at first but quickly felt comfortable in their new home. The evening concluded with a celebration including English Christmas crackers and picture taking.
We welcome Janice Carolan in the role of volunteer for Clara at Kelleher Apartments. Janice has been a CARE volunteer for 2 years, now in her third year, and decided that she wanted to fulfill the dream of Clara to have a volunteer of her own.
They have found many mutual interests and are enjoying great times together. Clara cannot say enough good things about her wonderful volunteer.
The Alexander House in Oak Ridge is blessed with a unique pair of volunteers. Meet Clare Bohn and her mom Mary Jean. At least once a month a Sunday afternoon is made more special when the residents hear that knock on the door that indicates the arrival of the Bohn ladies. They always come prepared to lead the residents in creating a seasonal craft and often include games or other activities before their visit is done.
Clare began as a junior volunteer four years ago and not long after, her mom Mary Jean also began to volunteer at Alexander House. What a wonderful and inspirational example to see a mother and daughter spending time together in service sharing their talents and inspiring creativity in the residents.
Heartfelt thanks to the Bohn ladies!