To partner with our community to help bring meaning, purpose, wellness, and joy to seniors living in smaller assisted living homes.
Smaller assisted living homes (under 21 residents) often lack the resources to help residents remain active, creative, and engaged in their community. Plus, the residents lack opportunities to volunteer themselves to give back within their own unique abilities.
When possible, Community Light will utilize assisted living residents themselves as volunteers, committee members, board members, and coordinators of activities, plus will operate with a volunteer board of directors and volunteer community committee members. 100 % of funding will go into programming and volunteer recruitment. The initial paid position will be that of the volunteer recruiter and community outreach coordinator.
Friends of Community Light. “Life without friendship is like the sky without the sun”. Recruit and coordinate volunteers to visit residents.
Pet therapy: coordinate therapy pet visits with local pet therapy volunteers and sponsor a therapy dog that visits a network of smaller assisted living homes daily.
Music programs: “Where words fail, music speaks”. – Hans Christian Andersen. Coordinate music therapy and recruit volunteer musicians to perform at smaller assisted living homes. Offer opportunities for assisted living residents to have music and voice lessons in their assisted living homes, plus offer an opportunity for seniors to perform in an annual music show and choir.
Poetry and Writing Initiatives: “We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect”. Encourage personal expression and growth through writing and offer an opportunity for seniors that want to share their creative works to have a collective book of poetry and writings published each year. Plus coordinate a pen pal program between assisted living homes.
Personal histories and memory books. “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you” Maya Angelou. Recruit volunteers that visit residents in their assisted living homes to help record personal histories and create memory books.
Art, crafts, fitness, and activities: programs that travel from assisted living to assisted living. “Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up” – Pablo Picasso “If you hear a voice within you say you cannot paint, then by all means paint and the voice will be silenced.”
Resident Volunteer and multi-generational Opportunities: Develop programs that utilize the education, experience, and creativity of seniors in assisted living, so they have purpose and meaning in their lives while giving back to the community and volunteering themselves.
Lifelong Learning and personal growth. “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.” ~ Harry S Truman. Coordinate lecture series that travels from home to home utilizing assisted living residents as the presenters. Offer opportunities for groups of assisted living residents to attend College classes and lectures and the volunteers to assist them if needed.
Utilize SASS, a Community Light Elder Network initiative that works the community to help make recreation, nature, and local attractions accessible to people of all abilities and ages.