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During a snowstorm, the Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly community comes together

Posted: February 12, 2013

Although JCHE was officially closed last Friday in anticipation of the snowstorm, Maxine and I came in to be sure everyone was ready for the storm.  After tackling a project that could only be done when the offices were closed, we decided to check on the dining staff to see how they were faring. They had decided to serve lunch a little early so they could duck out before the storm hit. They had come in at 4:00 a.m. to be sure that lunch would be ready on time.

Because all of our residents were home that day, heeding the governor’s plea to stay off of the roads, the line for lunch was very long. The dining staff was managing but welcomed some helping hands. Maxine took on the task of delivering meals to those who were apartment bound. I was pressed into service on the line, serving chicken noodle soup.

I enjoyed the chance to do something a little different and to see the residents from another “angle.” Everyone was in a somewhat “guarded” good mood. Anticipating a predicted storm of epic proportion is not easy for anyone.  For some reason we had a surprise power outrage at about noon.  The generator kicked in after a few minutes of darkness in the kitchen.  Everyone breathed a sigh of relief.

As I ladled out cup after cup of steaming and delicious soup, I was so impressed with  how the dining staff seemed to know each resident’s preferences .  They knew that some liked sweet potatoes and others a regular potato. One likes a breast of chicken the next only likes dark meat and so on.  Everyone was greeted with a smile and a friendly hello. This is an important part of what makes JCHE a community of caring and not just a place to live.

Laura Isenberg, Resident Service Administrator at JCHE's Golda Meir House community
February 12, 2013

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