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By: Marissa Salvesen on April 7th, 2016

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Wesley Village Donates Prayer Shawls


Wesley Village donates prayer shawlsA Prayer Shawl Ceremony was held at Wesley Village on Wednesday, March 30th to bless more than 50 prayer shawls and lap robes that were hand-knit by staff, residents, and volunteers from the campus communities of Crosby Commons, Wesley Heights, Lifestyle Transitions, and Bishop Wicke Health and Rehabilitation Center.

The event, organized by Barbara Quinn, Director of Volunteer Services for Wesley Village, featured a candle-lighting, reading, and blessing of the shawls, which was performed by Chaplain Cathy Nickse, Coordinator of Spiritual Care for the Wesley Village Campus. Shawls were then donated to Masonicare Home Health and Hospice to share with patients in need and those receiving end of life care. Many thanks to Masonicare Volunteer Coordinators, Sue Laughlin and Cindy Kemp, and Spiritual and Bereavement Coordinator, Rev. Paul R. Ricard for their help with this special event.

Since 2004, Wesley Village has donated more than 3,200 prayer shawls to provide comfort and peace to those in need. Truly a collaborative effort, volunteers of the campus work together throughout the year to raise funds to purchase yarn and knit shawls to share them with others. A message of hope and love is attached to each shawl before it is given away.

To learn more about becoming a volunteer at Wesley Village, please contact Volunteer Services at 203.925.4952 or visit our website at www.wesleyvillage- ct.org.

Wesley Village is a campus of senior living and care communities in Shelton, including Crosby Commons Independent &amp; Assisted Living Community, Wesley Heights Independent and Assisted Living Apartments and Cottages, Lifestyle Transitions Memory Care, and Bishop Wicke Health and Rehabilitation Center. The campus is located at 580 Long Hill Avenue and is owned and operated by United Methodist Homes.

Photo Caption: Members of the Wesley Village knitting group gather for a photo during an annual Prayer Shawl Blessing. The group of staff, residents, and volunteers knits shawls and blankets for those in need throughout the year.

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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