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HOUSING

Library's Book Delivery Service a Hit with Residents
Kathy Harrison, AHEPA 489 Service Coordinator
" Books By Mail " is a program available from the New Port Richey library system that allows residents to
receive several books at time based upon the completion of an application to sign-up for the program.
The application includes questions about the types of books the resident likes to read. The books come
in a package which also contains a paid postage return mailer.
Service Coordinator Kathy Harrison helped the residents resolve a problem with the outgoing mailbox slot being too small for the return envelope that contained the books to pass through. Harrison spoke
with the mail carrier who said that a plastic box with U.S. Mail written on it, and placed in the vestibule,
could be used. By writing U.S. Mail on the box, the books should be " safe " from theft. Residents now drop
their books, placed in the mailer, off at Harrison's office for placement in the socially-distanced USPS
box. Harrison appreciated the help of her local mail carrier, who provided her with the USPS box. As a
resident continues to use the program, the librarians become better at choosing books for the resident.
It is a win-win.

In Pictures
Clockwise: Residents of Penelope 120, Peabody, Mass., received fruits and vegetables
from the Massachusetts Farmers' Market. AHEPA 39 hosted Lisa's Dogs for 25 residents.
In August, the team at AHEPA 78-IV, Merrillville, Ind., gave cookies to the residents for
National Cookie Day. The idea from Service Coordinator Bethany Kelley was well received.

Gratitude Grows in
Alabama
Genevieve Hutfless, AHEPA 310 XII
Service Coordinator
While on vacation, Service Coordinator
Genevieve Hutfless saw a " Gratitude " jar
and instantly thought of the AHEPA 310 XII
residents. She decided to make something
similar for them.
The concept is easy. A person simply
writes what they are grateful for on the card,
and the card is dropped in a " Gratitude " jar.
Anyone can read the cards if they choose.
With the " Gratitude " jar, Hutfless aims
to shift the focus from what we do not have
to what we do have, placing an emphasis
on gratefulness.

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