More than 100 hours of labor and $5,000 was donated by Home Depot to renovate the Oak Garden located between the administration and Village apartment buildings. Christina Rocha, Home Depot employee, was instrumental in getting the grant approved by corporate and has volunteered all three days, so far.
The project includes two patios for residents to enjoy the outdoors, a picnic table and benches. It also renovates the drainage system off of the administration building and beautifies the backup generator which was installed with a City of Woodland Community Development Block Grant. A fencing structure will allow vines to grow around the backup generator, creating a natural and colorful covering.
“It has been wonderful to work with Home Depot volunteers eager to see the end result of this project,” said Barbara Fleck, Development Director. ”Residents will benefit greatly from this project as it not only beautifies, it also creates a new area to bring friends and family and enjoy the upcoming fall weather.”
A planting workday is schedule for October. St. John’s supporter Janet Levers donated an elm tree for the project. The project should be completed before the first rainfall of the season.
Maintaining life and laughter through the final days
Currently the closest Hospice Cottage is more than 100 miles away. In cooperation with Yolo Hospice, St. John’s opened a 7-unit Hospice Cottage spring 2012. Over the years Yolo Hospice has received hundreds of requests for a designated residential hospice facility. This project will profoundly extend the current, regional continuum of care for patients with minimal resources for end of life care. It will also be cost effective. Statistically, the daily costs for residential care is approximately 25% less expensive than hospital or Skilled Nursing Facility services. On the Hospice side, cost savings are approximately $2,000 per patient according to a study out of Duke University. Donation opportunities for the Hospice Cottage are:
Twenty patios and 13 flowerbeds surrounding Stollwood Convalescent Hospital were renewed and given new life through this project. More than $10,000 was raised in memory and honor of loved ones.
Those remembered include:
John Webb, Liesel & Ernst Firneau, Iver & Bluebell Johnson, Diana Napper, Eiko Pike, Warren Hiat & Louisa Long, Robert & Carolyn MacKinnon, Penelope Rice & William D. Clark, Leah Sieferman, Henry and Aieleen Delp, Alfred “Fritz” & Leona Blickle, Harold Plocher, Mimi Carver, Juanita Schroyer, Mildred Crawford, Lydia Alexander, Leni Maas, and Pat Redmond.
Also honored were Corner Drug, Inc., Ray & Helen Manville, Dewey Farms, Helen Daniels, Don Hayes, Victor & Yolando Swanson, Alma Webb and Bill & Jean Lockett.
The gardens were unveiled at the Donor Appreciation Party on Saturday, October 29, 2011 beginning at 10 a.m.