Iowa Falls, IA: Heritage Annual Community Picnic and Fun Day of Fishing

Each year we take a day, set aside the normal daily paper work and chores, to spend our time together with residents in the great outdoors. This year is no different aside from the looming possibility of rain that hovered above us, threatening to scare fishermen and fish into hiding. Bus load after bus load we carried 36 residents and several staff members to the little town of Alden that is just 4 miles away, to grill out and fish at the towns relatively new shelter and fishing area near the campground.
Worms had not been in the water very long when Tommy caught a good-looking catfish and reeled it in on his own. Harriet, our chaplain, was there to help him revel in the success of the moment. Dale, our maintenance supervisor, grilled delicious burgers and hot dogs to go along with all the traditional picnic flair the dietary department supplied. And Shannon and Carol from the life enrichment department made sure everyone got to and from the facility without a hitch.
Resident after resident remarked at what hard work we had all put in to pull this off. But as you can see from the smiles on employee and resident faces alike, our hard work was a labor of love and when you are as passionate about your work as we are, well it doesn’t feel like work after all.

Quality Life:  We will create a living environment that radiates love, peace, spiritual contentment, dignity and safety, while encouraging personal independence.

Submitted By:

Shannon Crawford

Heritage Care Center, Iowa Falls IA