LONGMEADOW – On Christmas Day 20 community volunteers continued the annual tradition of supporting residents and staff of the Julian J. Leavitt Family Jewish Nursing Home, Sosin Center for Rehabilitation, and Ruth’s House Assisted Living Residence in Longmeadow for “Honorable Menschen Day.” Volunteers greeted visitors and engaged in friendly visits with residents. Many led activities throughout the day, including bingo and word trivia; staffed the gift shop and coffee shop; and others supported housekeeping staff by folding laundry. The volunteers – both Jewish and non-Jewish individuals – included community members, board members, staff members, and families.
In addition to benefiting the residents across the JGS Lifecare campus, the volunteers also lightened the load of the staff who were working on the holiday, allowing them to spend more time with their loved ones.
Main Photo: Danika Brathwaite and Yaritza Batista, JGS staffers (third and fourth from the left) were assisted in the JGS laundry by volunteers Gerry Lazarus, Barbara Zippin, Linda Radding, Ed Radding and Lenny Schreiber.