Omaha, NE: Welcome to Wanda’s Workshop

Santa may have some special elves who help him in his toy shop at the North Pole around this time of year, but here at Brookestone Village…Wanda, the nurse on the Burr Oak household, has some pretty exceptional “elves” of her own! She, along with residents and team members, have taken the mat making service project to a whole new level! With the help of her team of “elves”, Wanda has made over 28 plastic bag mats for donation to the Open Door Mission.

It takes roughly one thousand plastic grocery sacks to make just one mat. So if you do the math…28 mats is a whole bunch of grocery sacks! There are several steps involved with the making of the mats; from flattening, to cutting to tying them and rolling them into “plarn” balls before they’re actually crocheted. Through all the various steps, all residents are able to contribute to one or more steps in the process, allowing all to have a feeling of purpose in the making of the mats. The Open Door Mission takes the plastic bag mats out into the community and donates them to the homeless of Omaha who use them for shelter, to keep warm and as a “bed” for sleeping.

Wanda and her team are not the only ones at Brookestone Village who have caught the “mat making bug”. It continues to be a scheduled Life Enrichment activity and some of the resident’s family members take the “plarn” balls home with them and crochet mats on their own time!

A special trip was planned to the Open Door Mission to deliver the mats; and Wanda, who had never been to the facility, was able to go along on the outing. Going to the Open Door Mission, having a tour of the building, and actually seeing how all their efforts benefit so many was a very touching experience. Many thanks to the Open Door Mission for all the work they do for the community. It is a blessing for all who are involved in the service project at Brookestone Village to be able to help!

Serving-We succeed by focusing our attention and energies on anticipating and exceeding people’s expectations. Our actions are driven by a “Yes, I Can” attitude and the commitment that we are “Family Serving Family.”

Submitted by Lynn Flannery, Community Relations Coordinator

Brookestone Village, Omaha, Nebraska