The Summit Assisted Living recognizes volunteers

The Summit Assisted Living recognizes volunteers

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Summit Assisted Living hosted a special luncheon to recognize volunteers, the lifeblood of the activities department. Volunteers enjoyed the smooth tunes of the Smith Mountain Lake Harmeneers, a barbershop quartet.

“Volunteers are extremely important to the activities offered at The Summit,” Rachel Deddens, who coordinates activities with Mary Beth Seay, said. “It’s just important that they are here and each one of them brings a unique talent and skill.”

Volunteers provide a range of activities from music to arts and crafts, Bible classes and games. Jo Dudley plays the piano once a month, offering songs residents sing along to. “I try to get them involved in the music and not just listen,” Dudley said. “It just satisfies me and I hope it satisfies them.”

Roz Bush teaches morning Bible classes twice a month at Assisted Living. She also teaches at the Health and Rehab Center. “I love teaching Bible and they are so receptive,” Bush said.

Most lessons are biographical, telling stories of Bible characters. “I feel like it’s my ministry and it’s so satisfying,” Bush said. “I’ve gotten to know the people here and the people in Rehab. They all have stories and I get to know them.”

Carter Maweu, the nursing home director of Calvary Chapel, volunteers regularly with his wife, Doreen, and others from the church, including Kathy Scoville and Bush. The church members provide Bible studies and monthly tea parties.

“The people here are amazing,” Maweu said. “Whether you come happy or sad, you always leave on a happy note. We’ve made great friends and relationships with the residents.”

The Summit provided gifts for each volunteer. “The residents really enjoy each of you,” Seay said. “Thank you for taking your time to do this.”

For more information on volunteering at The Summit, please call Rachel Deddens at 434.455.1632.