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If you’ve visited any one of our UMH communities lately, you may have noticed some of our staff members walking around wearing a t-shirt that says #UMatterHere. “Cool,” you might be thinking, “They are doing some kind of team-building t-shirt initiative. I wonder what it’s all about.” But wait! Did you stop to ask anyone, “What’s the deal with the #UMatterHere shirts?” Probably not. It’s okay. We know you wanted to. So why is everyone wearing those shirts?
Residents of Crosby Commons, an award-winning senior living community in Shelton, were honored to learn that a jigsaw puzzle they completed together would soon hang proudly in a West Virginia hospital. The 1000 piece puzzle exhibits serviceman across the military and credits veterans with many of the freedoms Americans enjoy today.
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If you walk into Middlewoods of Farmington, you are in for a treat! We have just completed renovating our award-winning community! Beautiful, new carpets and flooring grace the hallways and common spaces throughout the three floors of our building.The Country Kitchen has been totally renovated with new flooring, cabinets, counter tops, and appliances. The focal point of this area is the large farmhouse table which is a favorite spot for residents to sit and chat. With the help of a new seating arrangement that is more conducive to conversations, the Living Room has been transformed into a premier gathering area. In the Dining Room, a separate and noise-protected work space was built to improve service for our residents. New flooring and wall-coverings pull the entire space together. The former Tea Room down the hall has been transformed into a Theater Room, with larger and more comfortable seating so residents can enjoy sitting and watching a movie on the new, state of the art flat screen TV.
A simple act of kindness goes a long way for those in need. This is the motto for Church Street Eats, a ministry of over 40 groups who commit their time and talents to help feed and clothe community members. Schools, businesses, and various religious group from all over the state participate in this great cause. Last weekend, residents of Middlewoods of Farmington Independent and Assisted Living community, a group affiliated with Church Street Eats, prepared 100 lunch bags to deliver to Bushnell Park in Hartford. This was part of a weekly initiative designed to help feed locals in need.
We all know that one person who selflessly spreads happiness and positivity to everyone they know. With this in mind, Crosby Commons Independent and Assisted Living Community decided to show one of their beloved residents just how special they really are. Through Crosby Common’s Journey of Dreams program, a program designed to make the various dreams of residents come true, “All about Peggie Day” was born.
Kind gestures, no matter how small, have an incredible ability to create lasting joy and happiness for all parties involved. This certainly was true for the residents of Crosby Commons, an independent and assisted living community in Shelton, CT, as they worked to inspire New Haven schoolchildren. This mission was part of a project where volunteers created inspiring messages on lunch bags for local schools in hopes of reducing stigmas within their communities. After hearing about this cause, Crosby Commons residents helped make 100 inspirational lunch bags for students who participate in the Free Lunch Program. The bags were covered in drawings, colorful stickers, and quotes like “Happy Lunching”, “Do Great Things” and “Have a great meal!”