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Holiday Gathering and Sing-a-Long on December 19, 2011.

Holiday Gathering and Sing-a-Long, December 19, 2011, for the Residents at the Westward Ho, a HUD assisted property in urban Phoenix, sponsored by the ASU College of Nursing & Health Innovation and the Cultural Arts Coalition.

Kay Jarrell, ASU clinical associate professor, 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 treats and healthy food items provided by nursing students and faculty for the residents to enjoy a festive gathering for everyone on site (300 residents in 225 apartments).

Hilaree, a nursing student, spent 6 weeks at the WWHo providing health care and education to residents. She organized for the choir to come to WWHo.

Hilaree will graduate with a bachelor’s of science in nursing in May 2012.

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

Judy Butzine, Cultural Arts Coalition co-director, has been volunteering at the Westward Ho for the past 20 months providing arts programing, facilitated the Memory Bead activity for the residents and later the choir members. Each participant reflected upon a past winter holiday that was meaningful for them and chose a bead as a metaphor for that joyful experience.

The ASU nursing students created cards and ornaments for decoration.

Pegge Vissicaro, Professor at ASU School of Dance, ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, has been instructing WWHo residents since the early Fall through programming Moving Communities through Creative Wellness in Dance and Movement. Two of the residents, Pegge’s students wear festive hats provided by her.

Pets are a very important support system for many residents at Westward Ho.

Hilaree makes a Memory bracelet... The choir members made their own beaded memory bracelets and helped some of the residents as well. It was a wonderful morning of giving and receiving shared by all...

Thank you John, Ms. Santa’s helper, for taking care of the set up and tear down of the Thunderbird room for the event.

Photo documentation created by judy butzine, ASU MSW intern, on December 22, 2011