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Skagit Regional Health provides seniors with food and friendship during COVID-19

May 7, 2021, 10:00 AM
Cascade Valley Hospital staff deliver meals to seniors in the Arlington community.
CVH staff delivering meals to seniors

When the Stillaguamish Senior Center received word they had obtained grants from the Albertsons Companies Foundation and the Kroger Co. Foundation, they called Skagit Regional Health.

“The Senior Center contacted us after obtaining a grant,” explained Karla Klein, Food Services Director at Cascade Valley Hospital. “They were looking for someone to provide one meal a week for the life of the grant.”

Cascade Valley Hospital has been catering lunch for the Arlington Rotary for the past five years which lead them to this opportunity to become involved with the Stillaguamish Senior Center. “From this we have gained many community connections,” said Klein.

Danette Klemens, Executive Director at the Stillaguamish Senior Center, contacted Klein to see if SRH would be interested in this opportunity and after working out the details, Klein submitted a proposal. Her team has been providing meals to the residents of Stillaguamish Senior Apartments once a week since August 2020. The experience however, has provided much more than food to eat on Wednesday nights.

“With COVID-19 and the isolation that seniors are facing, the grant money has not only provided a meal for the seniors but also some socialization,” explained Klein. She reflected that they have developed a bond with the residents there. “Some of the residents do not get out so we are sometimes the only visitors they have.”

Bringing meals has provided nourishment not only for their physical well-being, but much more. Karla’s team has put in extra effort to make it special. It’s safe to say that both sides look forward to these weekly visits.

“We have been doing this for eight months, we have been through the holidays, watched new residents move in and many pass. Clive hears us coming every week and waits with his door open, he always greets us with, ‘You’re doing a great job, you’re the best in the west,’” said Klein. She reflects fondly on a few of the residents they have built friendships with in their regular visits. “There is Helen, we do her door first…she always says ‘Oh it’s Wednesday’ with a huge warm smile on her face. We look forward to Jerry who posts a new joke on his door every week. When he opens his door he always has a giant grin that is contagious to us all.”

CVH staff delivers meals to seniors

What could have been simply a meal left on the doorstep has become an extremely positive and meaningful experience – for both sides. Klein went on to explain just how much all involved have benefitted from this exchange.

“On the holidays, we always do something special for the residents (carols during Christmas, headbands with lights for St. Patrick’s Day, Valentine’s Day cards for each resident, stickers on the meal boxes). In turn, the residents always are thinking of us. In the heat of the summer, there were cold Cokes waiting for us, on holidays small candies and thank-you cards come regularly,” said Klein.

Klein and her team have clearly gone above and beyond the call to serve a meal – they realize they are feeding members of a population which has been most adversely affected by COVID-19 and are likely in a difficult season – and they have chosen to spread joy and care as they fulfill their commitment.

“With everything going on in our lives, the staff here has found this program to be a shining light in a busy, crazy week,” said Klein. “We have delivered in every weather condition, (through) power outages climbing the dark stairwells of the buildings, we have laughed, cried and been overcome by the generosity the residents show us - how truly grateful they are for us. I think we benefit from this program as much as the residents do.”

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Skagit Regional Health provides seniors with food and friendship during COVID-19

May 7, 2021, 10:00 AM
Cascade Valley Hospital staff deliver meals to seniors in the Arlington community.
CVH staff delivering meals to seniors

When the Stillaguamish Senior Center received word they had obtained grants from the Albertsons Companies Foundation and the Kroger Co. Foundation, they called Skagit Regional Health.

“The Senior Center contacted us after obtaining a grant,” explained Karla Klein, Food Services Director at Cascade Valley Hospital. “They were looking for someone to provide one meal a week for the life of the grant.”

Cascade Valley Hospital has been catering lunch for the Arlington Rotary for the past five years which lead them to this opportunity to become involved with the Stillaguamish Senior Center. “From this we have gained many community connections,” said Klein.

Danette Klemens, Executive Director at the Stillaguamish Senior Center, contacted Klein to see if SRH would be interested in this opportunity and after working out the details, Klein submitted a proposal. Her team has been providing meals to the residents of Stillaguamish Senior Apartments once a week since August 2020. The experience however, has provided much more than food to eat on Wednesday nights.

“With COVID-19 and the isolation that seniors are facing, the grant money has not only provided a meal for the seniors but also some socialization,” explained Klein. She reflected that they have developed a bond with the residents there. “Some of the residents do not get out so we are sometimes the only visitors they have.”

Bringing meals has provided nourishment not only for their physical well-being, but much more. Karla’s team has put in extra effort to make it special. It’s safe to say that both sides look forward to these weekly visits.

“We have been doing this for eight months, we have been through the holidays, watched new residents move in and many pass. Clive hears us coming every week and waits with his door open, he always greets us with, ‘You’re doing a great job, you’re the best in the west,’” said Klein. She reflects fondly on a few of the residents they have built friendships with in their regular visits. “There is Helen, we do her door first…she always says ‘Oh it’s Wednesday’ with a huge warm smile on her face. We look forward to Jerry who posts a new joke on his door every week. When he opens his door he always has a giant grin that is contagious to us all.”

CVH staff delivers meals to seniors

What could have been simply a meal left on the doorstep has become an extremely positive and meaningful experience – for both sides. Klein went on to explain just how much all involved have benefitted from this exchange.

“On the holidays, we always do something special for the residents (carols during Christmas, headbands with lights for St. Patrick’s Day, Valentine’s Day cards for each resident, stickers on the meal boxes). In turn, the residents always are thinking of us. In the heat of the summer, there were cold Cokes waiting for us, on holidays small candies and thank-you cards come regularly,” said Klein.

Klein and her team have clearly gone above and beyond the call to serve a meal – they realize they are feeding members of a population which has been most adversely affected by COVID-19 and are likely in a difficult season – and they have chosen to spread joy and care as they fulfill their commitment.

“With everything going on in our lives, the staff here has found this program to be a shining light in a busy, crazy week,” said Klein. “We have delivered in every weather condition, (through) power outages climbing the dark stairwells of the buildings, we have laughed, cried and been overcome by the generosity the residents show us - how truly grateful they are for us. I think we benefit from this program as much as the residents do.”