June 2018

Immersive Experiences Lead to Valuable Insight for CLC Leaders and Partners

"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” 
– Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

This quote from an American classic essentially states: “Walk a mile in my shoes.” The idea is to withhold judgement and instead build empathy by seeing a situation from another’s point of view.

At Christian Living Communities we take this idea quite literally, as our value of compassion prompts us to understand and sense the needs of others. Our journey to become an Eden Certified Community at Clermont Park all started with an overnight stay in our skilled nursing neighborhood by then Executive Director Jill Vitale-Aussem.
Recently, one of our long-time business partners also decided that, after 25 years of designing for senior living, his work needed insight from first-hand experience.
Read the full story here.
Photo at top right: Bill Brummett, Architect who stayed overnight in Someren Glen's skilled nursing community
Someren Adult Day Services coordinator, Renee Gardner and Volunteer Coordinator, Jeanette Preston, pose by a Memories in the Making artwork pairing by Someren Glen resident Mary Nolan and Jeanette Preston.

Memories in the Making

On Saturday June 9, the Denver Broncos Headquarters at Dove Valley featured something other than football; artistic expressions from participants in the Memories in the Making program. This program, created by the Alzheimer's Association, offers individuals with memory loss an opportunity to communicate a special memory through a painting or drawing.
Read more here. View the Facebook photo gallery here.

A Helpful Giving Option

When we think of making a charitable gift, our checkbook is often the first thing that we take out. There are other options, of course. If you’ve reached age 70 1/2 or older, your IRA might be a new source for your philanthropic gifts.

By using a “Qualified Charitable Distribution,” you can make a gift directly from your IRA to Christian Living Communities. A simple letter of instruction is all that’s needed, and, as an added benefit, a ‘QCD’ can also fulfill your Required Minimum Distribution for the year.

Read more here


Members of Holly Creek's Connections Committee enjoy an outing to Swallow Hill Music to play and sing favorite songs during a Musical Memories class. See more photos here! The Connections Committee provides purpose and empowerment for residents who are sharing the memory loss experience.

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