Love is in the Air:
Love is in the air this month – love for Family House volunteers, families, and donors! Dr. Gary Chapman of Winston-Salem created the bestselling work “The Five Love Languages”, so we wanted to show you how YOU impact each guest, no matter what love language they have!
Words of Affirmation:
Thanks to you, our guests receive a vast amount of encouragement, whether it’s through weekly Chapel services or through the kind words of our volunteers or staff. Young volunteers often make “Welcome” or “Thinking of You” cards to put on guestroom beds. If you’d like to offer words of affirmation to our guests, connect to our Facebook page and offer some words of encouragement!
People we met, both patients and caregivers alike, shared their stories – there are NO strangers here. When we met at meal time it was like ‘one big happy family’ and we absolutely couldn’t ask for any more love than that. ~Walt
The time and talent you volunteer with provides several activities for our guests to enjoy time together, including yoga, Wellness through Arts with Sawtooth, musical performances, and monthly knitting. One of our house favorites is Bingo. Bingo offers a fun escape from the worries accompanied with having a sick family member, the prizes help too! Find out more ways that you can help make quality time impactful for our guests!
You all do an amazing job at making sure our guests receive the utmost in gifts, from special caregiver welcome bags to special homemade treats. Many of you also make our guests quilts, knitted scarves, and hats that are used as giveaways or Bingo prizes. Thank you!
Acts of Service:
So many of you volunteer to cook meals and special treats. Groups from all around the community come service the house by cleaning the inside and outside of our building to keep our facility clean and clutter free for our families to enjoy a cozy and comfortable stay. The house has an open kitchen area for our guest to express their love for cooking and serving others even in their time of need.
We got back from the ICU at 11:00pm. It was great to have something warm to eat. Thank you. ~Jackson Family
A brief hug or soft touch can really lift the spirits of some guests who have physical touch as their love language. The volunteer therapy dog teams that come to visit are especially comforting to many guests during their stay. We often hear stories about how awesome therapy dogs are from many of our guests.
On Tuesday evening after dinner, we were blessed with 5 four legged friends. These dogs were so well behaved and lovable. I truly enjoyed spending time with the animals and their owners. I was so impressed with the animals and what they can do. I love the fact that they are being used therapeutically. I’m hoping they will be there more often and that other people get blessed the way I did.