Ah! ’Tis the season of wonder and expectation. Yes, even at Hodgdon Green, the assisted-living home in Damariscotta. May all who read this column have a joy-filled and blessed Christmas.
Going back just a bit, Thanksgiving was celebrated with a marvelous dinner at the home. Several of the residents had guest family members or friends joining them in the dining room, set up “family style.” Staff member Joeldine G. provided a wonderful menu of turkey and all the trimmings, and scrumptious desserts.
The family of resident Betty Ann gave a gift of a bird feeder to the home. There are a number of feeders scattered around the grounds so that residents can look out of various windows and delight in watching God’s winged creatures. A sincere “thank you” to Betty Ann’s family and to all who so generously give to this special place.
Improvements continue to be made on the building and grounds. The curved wall along Hodgdon Street adds much to the appearance of the home. Work was done by Mark Rego of Rego Stoneworks. Nice job! Exterior painting is finished for the season, and thanks go to M & R Dorsey Builders for sprucing up the ramp and other trim.
We now have seven men as residents. This is quite a change from when Hodgdon Green first opened its doors 20 years ago. At that time, there was one gentleman, Ken, who owned and operated the only resident computer in the place. Changes, changes! Which brings up an invitation to you, my readers of Hodgdon Green Happenings. I will be retiring as “Visitor and Shopping Lady” at the end of this year. This has been a most fulfilling and blessed experience, and so I invite you to consider volunteering at Hodgdon Green. The residents are priceless, the staff caring and competent, the home itself a special place — it’s a win-win proposition. Think about it, and stop in at Hodgdon Green to volunteer your services.
A quote worth remembering: “People don’t always need advice. Sometimes all they really need is a hand to hold, and ear to listen, and a heart to understand them.”