University Settlement, Inc.
April 19, 2011
When I was a young girl growing up in the Slavic Village area of Cleveland, University Settlement had contacted my parents. They provided a week-long camping experience for myself and one of my sisters. Coming from a family of 11 children I felt I had a freedom I have not experienced before. I recently was able to give back to University Settlement. While attending Tri-C I had the wonderful opportunity to do part of my internship at Uiversity Settlement. I chose to work with the Senior Wellness Program under Mr. Ron Bridges. This program is for seniors who seek out companionship with other seniors, share experiences on a daily basis and just have fun enjoying each other's company. The seniors are served a hot breakfast and lunch as well as an afternoon snack. There are stimulating activities for the seniors, such as Inspirational Hour, Logic Hour, Line Dancing and A.M. Stretch. There are activites that stretch the seniors' mind such as Wheel of Fortune and The Price is Right. The Senior Day Program also offers activities that are just fun, for example Bingo, chair Volleyball, billiards, card games and dominos.
Mr. Bridges touches the lives of these seniors every day. He makes sure he touches base with every senior who comes in that day, just to say hello and make sure they are doing okay. He makes sure they have the services they need and have food in their homes. His responsibilities are as the Program Manager, but his heart and spirit for the seniors in Slavic Village is what truly guides this program.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
I've seen seniors who enter the Senior Wellness Program as very hesitant to get involved evolve into seniors who are more self assured, share with other seniors and have a great time just being themselves.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
I would extend the hours in the afternoon. There are some seniors who would benefit from the program lasting longer than 2:30 pm.
Volunteer & I was an intern in the Senior Wellness Program while attending Tri-C.