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HOUSING

Iowa Residents Take In Brazilian Music
Kelsey Hollen, AHEPA 192 II & II Service Coordinator
Service Coordinator Kelsey Hollen organized a special treat for the residents of AHEPA
192 II and III, Ankeny, Iowa-Brazilian music. The residents adored the music, which
they found to be fun and beautiful. It also lifted their spirits. Everyone, except couples, observed social distancing and all residents were great at wearing their masks. 

Mishawaka Community's Summer
Events Adapt During The Pandemic

Picture Wall
Brightens Spirits

Jennifer Parks, Penelope 60 Service Coordinator

Bridgette Carter, AHEPA 29 IV
Service Coordinator

The Penelope 60 community usually holds an annual summer picnic for the residents
as well as a walking club every summer. However, the pandemic challenged the community to find alternate ways to partake in these two annual summer events.
The Penelope 60 community decided to take
its walking club to a social distance style. Service
Coordinator Jennifer Parks challenged the residents
to count their steps and report them to her each week.
She provided a tracking sheet in their weekly newsletter and a map hung in the common area to track their
group progress. Their goal was to walk across the United
States, from the Statue of Liberty to the Golden Gate
Bridge. Participants received prizes along the way at
certain landmarks.
Despite the pandemic, Daughters of Penelope members wanted to celebrate their
annual summer picnic with the residents despite being unable to hold a gathering with
all of them. They decided to provide each resident with a Jimmy Johns's Lil Lunch,
delivered to each resident's door, as a substitute for the picnic. The residents also were
able to take a dessert from a cooler placed in a common area. They were so excited
and grateful that they were being thought of during this time that several residents sent
thank you cards to the Daughters of Penelope members.

A picture wall near AHEPA 29 IV's entryway creates happiness throughout the year
for residents. Service Coordinator Bridgette
Carter created the picture wall, which is
aimed to convey messages from the heart
that educate and touch the residents.
" It has a huge impact on many people
who enter the front of the building and the
residents, " Carter said.
Some residents have their photos taken
by the wall.

AHEPA 60 Holds Pumpkin Contest
Stephanie Baker, AHEPA 60 Service Coordinator
Annually, the residents of AHEPA 60, Allentown, Pa., participate in a one-week pumpkin-painting contest culminates with a Halloween luncheon. Although the luncheon could
not be held due to the pandemic, the residents held the pumpkin-painting contest. They
voted on pumpkins in different categories. If a resident was not comfortable coming down
to paint, Service Coordinator Stephanie Baker offered to bring them a pumpkin and a plate of paint so they could participate. They
used the pumpkins for decorating the tables for people to see when they walk in the door.

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