She recalls, “When Bill’s doctor tested him it was clear that he was experiencing the changes that are associated with Alzheimer’s type dementia.”
The spirit of community service was in full swing for Helping Hands Day 2015. Liberty’s Lutheran Congregational Services coordinated the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod’s April 25 annual event, which involved more than 70 youth volunteers in sixth through twelfth grades from ten congregations.
~Luanne Fisher, President & CEO, Liberty Lutheran
May is National Older Americans Month, a time to recognize and celebrate seniors’ contributions and how they continue to impact the lives of others. At Liberty we are committed to enriching the lives of our residents who live at Artman, Paul’s Run, The Hearth at Drexel, and The Village at Penn State, those who attend our West Philadelphia Senior Center, seniors who live in the surrounding communities, and those who receive Liberty at Home and Hospice services.
Knowing that their loved one is cherished and cared for is so important to family members. Over the past few months we have received many wonderful letters full of gratitude and appreciation for the wonderful care and compassion our staff demonstrates every day. I’d like to share some excerpts from the letters we received in the past few months.
Liberty’s employee wellness program, Wellness Works, wants to make 2015 the year for transformation. Summer is less than two months away! Are you ready for shorts, flip flops, swimsuits, sunny skies and warm temps? There is still time for staff to sign up for Wellness Works’ “Transformational Challenge!”
This challenge was developed to keep employees consistently motivated through the entire year, with the goal of changing body composition through activity, exercise, nutrition, less stress and being well-rested. As Wellness Works Coach John Fairchild explains, the “transformational challenge” is not so much about weight loss, but rather promotes improvements in body mass index, also known as BMI.
When refugee children need extra help with homework, there’s a place they can turn to in South Philadelphia – The Philadelphia Refugee Mental Health Collaborative.
The Philadelphia Refugee Mental Health Collaborative (PRMHC) was formed in 2011, comprised of resettlement agencies, mental health providers, physicians and arts organizations working to link refugees in to culturally and linguistically appropriate mental health care. The PRMHC is led by Liberty’s Lutheran Children and Family Service and uses therapy, support groups and arts projects to help families process past exposure to violence and current resettlement stresses. It has become a lifeline for refugees who are starting over, after surviving unimaginable trauma in their home countries. Now, you can add “Homework Help” to the many programs the PRMHC hosts from a reclaimed storefront community center on South 7th Street.