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By: Marissa Salvesen on December 10th, 2013

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UMH Resident Wins Distinguished Resident Accomplishment Award!

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Crosby Commons CALA Award Winner


Crosby Commons Resident, Jeannette Dermody, Wins Distinguished Resident Accomplishment Award!

Crosby Commons Assisted Living Community recently received three prestigious Connecticut Assisted Living Association Awards (CALA), including the 2013 Distinguished Resident Accomplishment Award.

This award was presented to 97 year-old resident, Jeannette Dermody, in acknowledgement of the achievement of goals that have brought her personal fulfillment, meaning and purpose and have benefitted others in the community and the community at large.

Jeannette received the award at CALA’s 18th Annual Meeting and Awards Program held at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington on Wednesday, December 4th.

Jeannette Dermody, Distinguished Resident Accomplishment Award

Jeannette Dermody inspires the entire community of Crosby Commons with her commitment to making a difference in the lives of others. At 97 years old, Jeannette strongly believes in the importance of socialization, staying active, and strengthening relationships between all generations. When she is not knitting prayers shawls for Hospice patients, delivering cards to veterans, leading a rosary group, or assembling gift bags for the children’s hospital, Jeannette serves as a registered volunteer in our community. Through her service on our Welcoming Committee, she makes every resident feel truly at home and assists them through the move-in process with warmth and grace.  Happily advocating for all of our resident activities, Jeannette encourages learning and growing by teaching pinochle and Rummikub to residents looking for a new hobby. Never considering herself “too old to party,” Jeannette delights us with her charm at our special events, dressing as the Easter Bunny for our annual egg hunt and as Santa Claus for a holiday children’s visit.

Every year Jeannette attends our annual 5K Road Race…dressed as a clown! She is our number one cheerleader, distributing medals and ribbons to participants and sharing her joy for life and infectious enthusiasm with children and adults alike. After 37 years working as a school crossing guard, Jeannette enjoys any opportunity to serve others and connect with younger generations. She takes advantage of these opportunities at Crosby Commons and finds fulfillment all along the way. Her humility, gratitude, and passion for life tell the story of one who has aged well, reminding us that growing old doesn’t have to mean giving up or giving in, but rather for Jeannette, it can mean giving back. Congratulations, Jeannette!

Congratulations to all of our Award Winners!

In addition to Crosby Commons’ three awards, United Methodist Homes also received two awards for their Middlewoods of Newington community in Newington, CT, for a total of five out of eight awards. Congratulations to all of our award winners! Crosby Commons is owned and operated by United Methodist Homes (UMH), a local, faith-based, not-for-profit organization based in Shelton, CT.

For more information about our award-winning Crosby Commons community, please contact us at 203. 225. 5000 or visit our website at www.crosbycommons.org. For information about UMH, please visit www.umh.org.

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About Marissa Salvesen

My journey into the world of senior living began when I started working for United Methodist Homes in 2010. Starting as an Activities Director at one of our-winning assisted and independent living communities and then transitioning to Marketing and Promotions Manager for UMH, I now work as the Manager of Mission Development, fostering the Mission and Values of our organization. I love sharing stories about the many ways we build meaningful relationships and enrich the lives of those we serve, and am proud to be part of building UMH’s 140-year legacy of caring. Wondering what makes our communities such special places to live and work? Connect with me and find out!

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