By Pat Davis
Director in Residence, Riderwood Board of Directors
Last month I wrote about a gathering where I participated with long-term residents and Riderwood Board Chair Jim Anders. I highlighted their contributions to Riderwood. Now, as a new program year begins, I want to recognize the hundreds of other residents who enrich our common life every single day.
Some contributions are visible – chairing committees and leading interest groups, teaching classes, writing for the Reporter, or appearing on TV. But many are hidden.
Some of you plant gardens and share produce, whack weeds, and adopt pots. You repair furniture, build cabinets, and rewire lamps. You write scripts, proofread flyers, interview staff and residents, sell tickets, and produce concerts.
Others welcome prospective residents, stuff envelopes, and serve in soup kitchens or deliver food to them. You crochet sweaters for babies and knit prayer shawls for those at the other end of life’s journey. You prepare taxes, run errands, give rides.
Not to be overlooked are those who greet everyone with a kind word and a cheerful smile, even when their own hearts may be heavy. You’re quick to notice a resident who needs a helping hand in the dining room and are willing to listen to a story you have heard before. You are patient with the new and awkward server and thank the housekeeper or maintenance worker you pass in the hall. And you generously support our charitable funds – the BCF and the Scholarship Fund – and donate faithfully to the annual Staff Appreciation Fund.
It is these actions, and so many more, that turn this senior residence into a community, a home. Thank you.