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By: Marissa Salvesen on April 19th, 2016

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Wesley Village Honors Volunteers and Director of Volunteer Services

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Wesley Village honored and recognized their dedicated team of volunteers with a week-long celebration during National Volunteer Week, April 10-16th.UMH_Group_photo_-_Cropped.jpg

The Wesley Village Campus (comprised of Crosby Commons Independent/Assisted Living Community, Wesley Heights Independent/Assisted Living Cottages and Apartments, Lifestyle Transitions Memory Care, and Bishop Wicke Health and Rehabilitation Center) is proud to partner with 150 registered volunteers each year, ranging in ages from 14 to 104. On any given week, 100 active volunteers work in each of the three communities on campus, fostering caring relationships with residents, staff, and family members, and enriching the lives of those they serve. Celebrations for the special week culminated with a volunteer dinner, held at the campus on Wednesday evening, April 13th . Volunteers honored at the dinner included residents, employees, and members of the greater community. Those who had reached 100 (or more) hours of volunteer service were presented with a special appreciation gift.

Barbara Quinn, who worked as the Director of Volunteer Services at Wesley Village for the past 17 years, was also honored for her many contributions to the campus. Quinn, who officially retired this month, was hired in 1998 to create and develop a thriving volunteer program at Wesley Village, which included as many as 230 registered volunteers and 26 registered resident volunteers through the years. Successful programs Quinn helped to implement included the Wesley Village Prayer Shawl Ministry, Life Stories, Hands of Comfort, Pet Therapy, Music and Memory, Sign Language, Email Correspondence, the TEAM Festival of Trees/Wesley Village Craft Fair, and more.

“I have so many fond memories of my time here at Wesley Village,” Quinn shares. “Watching student volunteers build relationships with our residents and grow in self-confidence through the process has been one of my favorite parts of working in Volunteer Services. Volunteering has so many mutual benefits for every generation.” Quinn’s plans for her time after retirement still include Wesley Village. “I plan on following the good example of our volunteers and volunteering weekly with the Prayer Shawl Ministry.”

Before taking the director position at Wesley Village, Quinn also worked as the Volunteer Supervisor at Griffin Hospital for 10 years. Throughout her career she also served on the Derby-Shelton Rotary for 8 years, the Advisory Board of the Volunteer Action Center (United Way), the Advisory Board for the New England Association of Directors of Healthcare/Volunteer Services – Education Committee (NEADHVS), and with the CT Association for Healthcare Resource Professionals (AHVRP). She was also honored with several local, state, and national awards including the 2014 President’s Award (Derby-Shelton Rotary Club), the 2010 CAPE Award for Professional Excellence (CADVSH) and the 2004 Dove Award (AVA).

Reflecting on her experience at Wesley Village, Quinn states, “I have been blessed to have worked with such a caring and compassionate team of staff and volunteers who support and continually demonstrate what it means to enrich the lives of our residents. I have seen firsthand the difference you can make in someone else’s life.”

For more information about volunteer opportunities at Wesley Village, please contact the Office of Mission Development at 203.925.4952 or visit our website at www.wesleyvillage-ct.org. Wesley Village is located at 580 Long Hill Avenue in Shelton, CT and is owned and operated by United Methodist Homes, a mission-based, not-for- profit organization serving all members of the community.

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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