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Holiday Party, December 11th for the Residents at the Westward Ho, a HUD assisted property in urban Phoenix, sponsored by the ASU School of Nursing & Health Innovation and the Cultural Arts Coalition

Kay Jarrell, ASU Nursing instructor, coordinates the WWHo in house, advisory healthcare program (twice a week) for the residents with the assistance of her nursing students going through a 6 week clinical rotation.

The tables were set with cookies, spiced warm tea and foods provided by former nursing students, current students and nursing staff for the residents to enjoy a festive gathering for everyone on site (300 residents in 225 apartments).

The residents are all very appreciative of this kind of outside volunteer programming due to the WWHo financial restraints of funding and employee availability on site to provide additional celebratory events.

Through the 6 months of “Creativity and Socialization” initiatives provided at the WWHo by the Cultural Arts Coalition, two residents had been identified to provide the musical background and lead the group in singing the holiday songs selected for the day.

This component for the day’s activities was bolstered by the singing of the CONHI faculty, family, and former students who came to the site to provide their joyful and uplifting voices.

Mari, Walter and Lee have been involved during the past 9 weeks in a Move & Dance 4 Joy! Project in collaboration with ASU Schools of Dance and Nursing & Health Innovation under the direction of judy butzine from the Cultural Arts Coalition.

The staff at the Westward Ho through the Directorship of Linda Spencer has expressed their gratitude for the collaborative involvement in this residential care facility that is meeting the economic, physical, emotional, and creative needs of a lower economic community of individuals.

None of this could occur without the support of the residents themselves in their own sustainability process. We would again like to recognize Robert and Lois, both residents, who successfully facilitated the sing along by providing the background music and leadership that made for a wonderful festive afternoon of song and joy for all.

‘Tis the Season to be Thankful!

Kay and Judy are also thankful for “The Pennies for Paper Drive” accomplished by the student organizations at CONHI. One of the ASU Nursing students, Melissa, in the image above, helped to collect $600.00 to buy toilet paper for those residents in need of this product.

May PEACE Prevail UPON the Earth for ALL!