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Caleb Bresley, a new horticultural volunteer, mows the grass

Horticultural and Hospitality Volunteers Wanted!


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


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


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


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!


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


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


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 […]