Inside These Doors
Beyond the timber and brick that make up the walls of an Angels’ Place house, there exist a brotherhood and sisterhood of special people united in common experience; caring for each other in precious life moments…… through trials, tribulations and triumphs they are a family, this is home.
The day begins like most households with the preparations for a day of work, commitments, and responsibilities and of course, some fun. Unlike in years past where 98% of the people served by Angels’ Place had jobs, our number is now closer to 70%. In response to this change Angels’ Place has developed the Enrichment Club, where unemployed and under-employed individuals can come to learn and remain active. Many of those who are employed in competitive or supported positions in the community have done so for decades. Dependable and reliable, they model an admirable work ethic.
When possible, and as capable, the residents of Angels’ Place participate in all aspects of housekeeping, yardwork, meal preparation, laundry, and shopping. Residents even help fuel up the vehicle for the various trips to a cider mill, a community fair, a doctor’s appointment, the movies, the beauty salon or church, to name a few. Just in this past year Angels’ Place drove its fleet of 20 vehicles well over 310,000 miles (this distance is greater than the distance to the moon – that is a lot of miles).
There is no denying that the residents of Angels’ Place like to be on the go. Just ask our volunteer corps of Home Monitors who conduct random visits to all of our homes every other month as part of our commitment to providing exceptional care and to achieving quality care indicators such as cleanliness, maintenance, meal preparation, recreation and overall satisfaction of the people we serve and employ There are many occasions when the Home Monitor visits and no one is home because the group is out and about in their community.
This care, service and activity level is extended to the hundreds of individuals on the Angels’ Place wait list through our Abundant Life Service program, community supports and numerous social/recreational opportunities. Whether it is a trip to Frankenmuth or a pizza party at one of our homes, this program helps to build individual friendships while strengthening our community by providing much needed services to those not yet residing in an Angels’ Place home.
The residents of Angels’ Place have their own peer leadership group that is responsible for keeping a pulse on the needs and wants of their fellow residents. The SpARC group has ensured that there is spiritual development in the homes of Angels’ Place. They help to decide about the Talent Show, Miracle League, the Hoedown, bowling at Thunderbowl Lanes, Camp Mich-a-luca in the summer… but know that this group is not just about fun and games. When asked recently about the needs of their peers as they age, all were adamant that Angels’ Place should provide care for life, and they feel that they have a role to play in that care. Their idea is to purchase a motel where a lot of people could live together and then they could take care of the hotel and take care of their friends who would live there. These are beautiful, heartfelt expressions of compassion and come from their sincere affection for each other. They are a family.
Inside these doors is life, precious lives worth living, vibrant and varied… inside these doors is love.