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Compassion, love create a community of family

By Dinah Dutta, Chaplain

I joined the Presbyterian Manor team during very unusual circumstances (COVID-19).  

My role as a chaplain allows me to connect with the residents and staff in a unique way. People trust me to share their concerns, and I actively listen to them. Starting with the executive director, I have witnessed many staff members work together as a team to help each other. Most importantly, I observe a sense of commitment to the people for whom we care.

When I asked a long-term resident how they feel living here, the resident said, “I told my children one day when they called and asked where I was, ‘I am at home.’ They were surprised and asked what I meant by home.  I explained my apartment is my home now, and I am happy. My answer gave them much joy and peace.”

Most of the residents share that though it is hard not to see family, they are happy to be protected from COVID. I myself feel like I am at home with a large family of my own. Our activities director is amazing and always cheerful. Along with the team, she invents new activities every week to engage the residents. I am grateful for everyone who works with compassion and commitment, because compassion is a characteristic of God.

I look forward to coming to work to provide spiritual support and pastoral care, and I feel enriched by my ministry. When I leave each day, I leave with gratitude and thankfulness for everyone who works at the manor and especially our resident family. If you are looking for a place for the elders in your families, do not hesitate to tour and check our Presbyterian Manor — a home that provides love, care and community.

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