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Ali Meyer’s Story

Alida Meyer gently dips her brush in green paint and then in water before making smooth strokes on a clean, white sheet of paper. As she continues, the colors come alive and soon the painting becomes something real. When her daughter Kathy suggests that the painting resembles the rolling hills of upstate New York, Ali…

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Theda’s Story

“Be kind to one another and respect your parents.” That is the motto that Theda Hayes, a resident of St. John’s Home, has lived by her entire life – 102 years to be exact. “I never think of it as 102,” Theda laughs. “I just think of it as over 100.” She justifies her longevity…

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Terry Neilon’s Story

Work is a stress reliever for Terry Neilon. As the community life specialist at Brickstone by St. John’s, Terry arranges social, recreational events, and programs for the residents at Brickstone. “[My role] simply involves finding ways to engage people naturally.” Discovering new ways to help people continue embracing life comes rather naturally to Terry and…

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Cassandra Titus’ Story

Being a caregiver has become second nature for Cassandra Titus.  She is always taking care of people she loves, whether she is caring for a resident at the Hawthorne at St. John’s Meadows or a loved one at home. It is not just a job to her; it is a part of her identity. Cassandra…

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Rebecca Priest’s Story

“You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose, and to do it courageously.”  –author/philanthropist Steve Maraboli Sometimes we all just need somebody to show us what is possible. A person to take us by the hand and offer a glimpse of something achievable. Someone to guide us past…

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Berdjouhi Esmerian’s Story

“This isn’t your typical memoir. These stories are snapshots of my life and they don’t always flow from one to the next. But the whole thing gives you a picture of who I am.” It makes sense that a book on Berdjouhi Esmerian’s life would be far from typical. After all, Berdjouhi (pronounced  Bur’ joo’…

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Dick Gollin’s Story

Towards the end of his career Professor Richard Gollin was asked by a member of the University of Rochester’s Interdepartmental Studies Committee to define his subject matter. By that time, his department was graduating 10-15 seniors each year while offering a dozen or more courses. He had finally written what he called “the text book…

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Therapeutic Recreation’s Story

Connective. Lively. Purposeful. Meaningful. These are some of the words that may come to mind when thinking of therapeutic recreation. For the team at St. John’s Home, recreation and social engagement are extremely important aspects for human growth and well-being, not only among elders, but for all of those with whom they connect. “Without opportunities…

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Small Home Volunteers’ Story

It is not every day you meet a group of individuals who are as kind-hearted and willing to serve others as the Small Home volunteers. The group was founded by St. John’s Volunteer Coordinator Jean Loomis and is driven by eight vibrant and active ladies from both Brickstone by St. John’s and St. John’s Meadows:…

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Anne McKenna’s Story

“For me, it is like coming home.” It is quite rare for someone to begin a new position with as many professional and personal connections in place as Anne McKenna had when she took on the role of Executive Director of the St. John’s Foundation last month.  Those deep ties to the St. John’s community…

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