Englewood Estates shares treats with Community First! Village
Thousands of seniors living in Holiday Retirement communities across the country spend time giving back to the community. No two experiences are quite the same, but they all have the power to fill up the soul.
Recently, eight residents of Holiday Retirement's Englewood Estates had a sweet day of serving ice cream sundaes at Community First! Village in Austin, Texas. Community First!, a master planned community that provides affordable, permanent housing, is dedicated to building a supportive community for chronically homeless and disabled residents of Central Texas.
Rather than working in a silo, Community First! champions engagement from the larger community, and welcomed the Englewood Estates residents with a tour of the Community First! site. Through the tour, the residents experienced firsthand the transformative power of this effort.
Community First! Village is more than a shelter; it’s a safe haven where residents can heal, regroup and rebuild. And, as the Englewood Estates residents learned, that connection makes a vast difference.
After the tour, residents of Englewood Estates and Community First! Village passed the afternoon side by side, sharing stories and desserts alike.
“Many of the Community First! residents said that having someone look them in the eye and share a human connection was a powerful thing,” Vykkii Langley, enrichment coordinator for Englewood Estates said. “Social interaction and feeling valued are gifts all on their own.”
The benefits from the visit were felt on both sides.
Community First! residents were swift to thank the volunteers for the conversation and connection. Though the Englewood Estates residents may have been even more impacted by the experience, as Vykkii reports that many have already asked about making a return trip. The second trip, she says, should find an even larger group of volunteers than the first, given the great response from all involved.
Residents of both Englewood Estates and Community First! Village can look forward to many happy returns — and sooner than later.
If you or a loved one are interested in learning more about how Holiday residents make a difference in the lives of others, get in touch with us today!