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Caleb Bresley, a new horticultural volunteer, mows the grass

Horticultural and Hospitality Volunteers Wanted!

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Do you love the outdoors? Do you love our mission to make the outdoors accessible for all people? Do you have a few hours each month or each week you’d like to contribute to helping us? We currently have three horticultural volunteers, and a few more hospitality volunteers. In many cases our volunteers like to […]

Rose Rodeo Begins! Peonies Finishing...

Free Programs for Care-Partners! June Updates

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GROUP SUPPORT: “I was dying for information and support when I found (and joined) this group…” a member from our dementia-caregiver support group emphatically expressed recently. Dementia Care-Partners: please know we have opened our support group (meeting twice monthly) to all ages of care-partners, dealing with all types of dementia. We continue to be specialists […]

Mary and Ben, Buddies, Match and Echo

Support Report: Drum Circle Memory Café

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Our Drum Circle Memory Café program on Saturday hosted a party of nearly 30. One third of the group were individuals and dementia-care duos, 1/3 were L’Arche community members, and 1/3 was our team of eight (facilitators & program assistants/volunteers). The 60-minute facilitated therapeutic program included playing a Theme and Variations on the tune “Little […]

Peter & Mary Dowdell with Collette and John Hanlon share laughs at the Koi Pond.

Memory Café in the Garden Illustrates Our Hopes, 2017

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Saturday, October 28, showered sun and blue skies. Friendly new- and re-connections between two dementia-care duos were enjoyed in our garden. Two siblings, Jeanne Maurand of Hamilton and John Yntema of Atlanta, surviving the memory-care of their dad, Bob Yntema (d.2017), who was a guest at our garden, enjoyed a tour of the gardens and […]

Jim cuddles with his kitty-pumpkin

Pumpkin Parade Party 10/21 Serves 39!

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This past Saturday’s Memory Café in the Garden, 10am – 12pm, served a total of 39 people – our biggest gathering to date. In addition to our usual wheelchair-accessible Open Garden offering, we hosted a Pumpkin Parade Party. The party included offering small, medium, and large-size pumpkins for painting with oil-based paint markers, and decorating […]

Neila Griffith and Mom Rita Enjoy their Picnic

First Skilled Nursing Facility Group Enjoys Picnic at the Pear Tree Patio

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On Friday, August 11, we hosted for the first time a skilled nursing facility group from Masconomet Nursing Center – just 3.2 miles down the road from us. From 11am to 1:30pm the group of 18 (11 residents, 2 Family Caregivers, 2 Activities Staff, 2 CNAs, and 1 Volunteer) enjoyed a picnic at the Pear […]

2017 (1/1 to 7/15) Programs & Participation Growth

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This past week I had a chance to analyze 2017 year-to-date data about our Sunday Stroll, Memory Café, Support Groups, and Individual Support Programs. This year, we have separated the Sunday Stroll & Memory Café programs, to better serve two audiences: Sunday Stroll on Sundays, once-a-month, serves wheelchair-users with care-partners; Memory Café, most Saturdays, serves […]

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