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By: Marissa Salvesen on June 9th, 2014

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Birdhouse Builder at Bishop Wicke

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On Monday, May 12th UMH residents welcomed the addition of three beautiful new birdhouses for their courtyard. The birdhouses were built and donated by Zachary Sosnovich, a senior at Woodland Regional High School in Beacon Falls, as part of a student project.

On Wednesday, June 4th the New Haven Register released an article about the the birdhouses being built at Bishop Wicke Health and Rehabilitation Center. You can view the article by clicking on this link.

Here is Zachary's presentation:


The idea for the project was inspired by his great grandmother, Stacia Sosnovich, a resident of Bishop Wicke who loved watching the birds around the community. Enlisting the help of his grandfather, Zachary chose to take on the woodworking project and donate the birdhouses with the goal of bringing joy to the Bishop Wicke residents.

After discussing his plans with Bishop Wicke Administrator, Debra Samorajczyk, Zachary created a blueprint and got to work measuring, sanding, nailing, and assembling the houses. The houses were painted with stars in a red, white, and blue theme, with a chain for hanging and a hinged back door that allowed the houses to be cleaned and emptied each season. The finishing touch was a small brass plaque that honored the memory of his great-grandmother, who passed away in December before getting a chance to see the completed project. To the delight of the residents, Zachary presented the birdhouses as a gift during National Nursing Home Week and posed for a photo during his visit.

For more information about Bishop Wicke Health and Rehabilitation Center at Wesley Village, visit www.wesleyvillage-ct.org or call 203.929.5321., staff and residents at Bishop Wicke Health and Rehabilitation Center in Shelton.

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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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