Stephen explored a wide variety of places within our community. He seemed to be very happy when he was helping others, which led him to volunteering at SpiriTrust. Stephen gleamed with pride when he received his name tag. He enjoys helping in the dining area by clearing tables, setting tables and on occasion helps with the food. As time passed, Fred joined Stephen at Spirit Trust. They work together to get the tasks done. Fred’s smiles show us that he too is happy volunteering. They were also invited to learn to play pool by a group of men that gathers to play every day after breakfast. They are becoming friends and it is wonderful to see their relationships develop.
Donna, Noemi, and Josiah enjoy volunteering at SpiriTrust two days a week. They take beverage carts that are stocked with snacks and beverages to residents who are in their rooms. They also take time to visit the people who live there. They are meeting new people who like to chat with them. We have been told that we light up their day and many ask when we are coming back. One gentleman who was rather grumpy around them is now is getting to know them and recently opened up and told stories about his military life during World War II. Another veteran who was passing by joined in the conversation. He was on the ship that took the atom bomb to Nagasaki. The whole group ate lunch together rather than dining in the dining hall. Relationships are happening.
Stephen, Todd, Brandon, and Mark love volunteering at Spiritrust visiting with residents. They spend their time talking to them and they enjoy each other’s company. Todd had a very special and wonderful experience. As he walked around to the different rooms he noticed that one of the residents had the same last name as he did. This intrigued him and when he spoke with her at their lunch time, he discovered that she is his Great Aunt. He was overwhelmed with emotion and they talked for a quite a while about family and friends. He met his mom’s best friend there the following week in addition to another fellow from Red Lion. He wants to continue visiting at SpiriTrust so he can keep in touch with his new found relative and friends. Brandon particularly enjoys visiting with Joan, who lives on the second floor. She is a very sweet and funny person and they laugh and joke with each other. Brandon always makes sure he visits her every time he goes to SpiriTrust.
In April 2017, Cindi, Michael, and Jill started to explore a variety of job and volunteer opportunities in York. Their adventure led them to volunteering at various farms in York County which included Fresh Food Farms, Leg Up Farm, and Horn Farm Center. They learned to identify plants and vegetables and helped by pulling weeds and harvesting many crops last summer. When the harvest season came to a close, they began volunteering at the York Food Bank twice a week. They have assembled boxes and stocked shelves. They also spend time at Spring Stables Horse Farm learning how to care for horses. They are looking forward to returning to the vegetable farms this spring.
Michael was recently hired by Fresh Food Farms. He is planting seedlings at the brand new heated greenhouse. Congratulations Michael!!
Mark stocks shelves at LifePath Ministries twice a week and also helps customers find what they need. He loves helping people take items to their car if needed. Mark also enjoys visiting Tractor Supply, Lowe’s, and Home Depot, where he is has developed relationships with some of the employees. His growing relationship with a manager resulted with a job offer. Mark is excited about his future!
A Homecoming Queen
Connie, Frank, Janice, Tanya and Pat have been attending the White Rose Senior Center for over year. The annual homecoming celebration was extra special this year. It featured live entertainment, dancing and the crowning of a king and queen. Connie was crowned queen! Her friends at White Rose nicknamed her “Butterfly”. She loves people and takes part in most of the classes and activities there. She enjoys asking people about themselves or loved ones, which means a lot to them.
Leading up to the coronation there was a lot of dancing. Janice and her friend Ralph danced every slow song together. Frank had many dance partners that kept him busy. Connie, Tanya and their friend Christie really kept the dance floor hopping.
The day was very festive and lots of fun- from the corsages to the sound of Paquita, one of the staff, yelling “Reina, Reina” to the queen as she was leaving. Connie will have duties throughout the year as queen but more importantly will have memories that she will cherish forever.
Employment at FFF Catering
Tommy was looking for a job that was close to his home. He found the right job at a small business that specializes in catering for corporate and casual events. FFF (Faith, Family, Friends) normally finds employees through friends, family or through their church. They interviewed Tommy, thought he was the right person for the job, and hired him. He washes dishes and does the general cleaning of the kitchen area. Tommy works part time and will work more during the summer and holiday season. Tommy and the owner have become friends and drink coffee together before each work day. They talk about their week and what is happening in their lives. Tommy loves his job!
Cindi had a job many years ago and had no desire to get another one. She decided to volunteer, loved it and became ready to look for a job again. She applied for a cooking position at FFF Catering. Cindi got the job and will be starting soon. She is one excited lady!
Both The Shadowfax Corporation and our volunteers were awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the York County Food Bank at a special luncheon. The award and the luncheon were greatly appreciated by everyone.
What Can You Do?
Let us know what the person that is in your life likes to do. What sparks his/her interests or creates excitement? Come to meetings and share your thoughts or call us. Help us look for volunteer opportunities, social groups, and employment opportunities so that we can continue to help people get connected to the York community. Talk to your friends and family about what people are doing at Shadowfax… volunteering, discovering their interests, meeting new people and getting jobs. The more contacts and ideas that become available through networking, the more this program will continue to grow and flourish. Stay tuned for more success stories