The Construction Corner – January 21, 2022

This issue includes:

  • A picture of the completed Corrigan library,
  • A guide to what construction is doing at PVN from Monday, January 24 to Friday, January 28,
  • And a pictures of the construction progress around Presbyterian Village North!
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The Construction Corner, January 14, 2022

This issue includes:

  • Renderings of the pond at PVN,
  • A guide to what construction is doing at PVN from Monday, January 17 to Friday, January 21,
  • And a pictures of the progress in the Corrigan building!
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The Construction Corner – January 7, 2022

This issue includes:

  • Pictures of progress in the Corrigan building,
  • A guide to what construction is doing at PVN from Monday, January 10 to Friday, January 14,
  • And a picture of the completed Sundries shop!
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The Forefront Living Foundation Received $10,000 Grant from the Eluna Network

The Forefront Living Foundation received a $10,000 grant from the Eluna Network on December 21, 2021. The grant will be used to establish and operate a bereavement camp called Camp Erin.

Camp Erin was created in 2000 by former Major League Baseball pitcher, Jamie Moyer and Karen Phelps Moyer in memory of Erin Metcalf.

The Moyers were introduced to Erin when she was 15 years old through Make-A-Wish. She was recently diagnosed with liver cancer. Erin and the Moyer family got very close, and she would routinely express concerns to them about the impact her illness had on her family and siblings. She was very worried about leaving her family and felt that her siblings would have a very difficult time healing. In 2000, when Erin died at the age of 17, Jamie and Karen Moyer created the first Camp Erin. They choose to honor Erin’s memory by creating a grief camp.

Camp Erin will provide bereaved youth campers with weekend camp experience combining traditional, fun camp activities with grief education and emotional support, free of charge for all families. The camp will serve as a safe place and environment where bereaved youth can grieve with peers who have similar life experiences while providing coping skills that can be used when returning to their regular surroundings.

“They will be piloting their first Camp Erin family camp with us,” said Forefront Living Development Associate, Sarah Jones. “[This is] very exciting! It is also a wonderful opportunity for us to continue to grow in our collaboration efforts with Faith & Grief. They are a wonderful partner and friend to Forefront Living Foundation.”

Camp Erin will be hosted at Camp Gilmont in Gilmer, Texas from June 3-5, 2022 as a collaboration with Faith & Grief. Faith Presbyterian Hospice will provide the curriculum for the children while Faith & Grief will provide the curriculum for the adults. This partnership will allow us to offer grief support services to the entire family.

“While we are piloting this program for the first time this year. It is our hope that this will be a long relationship and we can continue to offer this to grieving families for many years to come,” said Jones.

For more information about bereavement services at Faith Presbyterian Hospice, please visit https://www.faithpreshospice.org/programs/bereavement/.

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The Construction Corner – December 30, 2021

This issue includes:

  • Pictures of the Corrigan building before and after the remodel,
  • A guide to what construction is doing at PVN from Monday, January 3 to Friday, January 7,
  • And a message fromn contractors looking towards the new year!
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Miss North Texas and Miss DFW Outstanding Teen Visit The T. Boone Pickens Hospice Center

On December 17, Miss North Texas, Madi Franquiz and Miss DFW Outstanding Teen, Lauren Bond visited with hospice patients at the T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center.

“I’m so grateful to Lauren Bond, Miss DFW’s Outstanding Teen and Madi Franquiz, Miss North Texas, for taking the time to visit our patients at the T. Boone Pickens Hospice Center,” said John Mezo, Faith Presbyterian Hospice Executive Director. “The love and kindness shown to our patients and families is a testimonial to how these two ladies truly care about people, especially those who are weary and need an encouraging word.”

Miss DFW Outstanding Teen, Lauren Bond is the daughter of Faith’s Medical Director, Dr. Michael Bond.

“Lauren’s visit to the T. Boone Pickens Center was a unique and uncommon visit for this institution,” said Dr. Bond. “The positive energy, inquisitive interaction and genuine empathy of a dynamic 16-year-old is unlike any of the other “celebrity” visits to the center.”

In addition to chatting with several patients and their family members and posing for photos while touring the T. Boone Pickens Hospice Center, the duo made one of the visits extra special by singing happy birthday to a patient on her big day!

“Lauren is an introspective young lady who through her own adversity has found joy in helping others.  Her social impact initiative is Different People Make a Difference” advocates to erase the negative perception people have about others’ dissimilarities and encourages embracing the unique differences each of us possess,” said Dr. Bond.

Lauren plans to return to the T. Boone Pickens Hospice Center to visit with more patients and families.

To keep up-to-date with Miss DFW Outstanding Teen, Lauren Bond, follow her here and to follow Miss North Texas, Madi Franquiz, click here.

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The Forefront Living Foundation receives Hoglund Foundation Grant for Faith Presbyterian Hospice

The Forefront Living Foundation received a two-year $30,000 grant from the Hoglund Foundation on December 17.

These funds will provide DFW children a support system for mitigating the wide-ranging negative effects of parental and familial loss through Faith Presbyterian Hospice. All services will be offered for free and available to the entire community and those referred by outside organizations.

Grief support services at Faith include:

  • One-on-one visits with a child life specialist.
  • Educating parents and grandparents regarding the development aspects of grief in children.
  • Working with immediate caregivers to assist them in understanding the behaviors associated with grief.
  • As appropriate, providing and assisting with referral resources to grieving families who are at a high risk for complicated grief.
  • Facilitating monthly peer support groups, like Faith Kids, for children and families.
  • Offering bi-annual family grief camps, such as Camp Faith, which includes peer support breakout sessions, and opportunities to honor and remember loved ones.

For more about Faith Presbyterian Hospice, visit https://www.faithpreshospice.org/programs/bereavement/.

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PVN hosts annual Candlelight Dinners

Presbyterian Village North (PVN) hosted their annual Candlelight Dinner from December 13 – 15 in Landings Café beginning at 5:30 each night.

This year, the dinner was held on four nights to accommodate all independent living residents and remain socially distant.

Opening the evening, Bryan Cooper, Executive Director at PVN and Lisa Englander, Director of Residential Services shared their holiday wishes and a warm welcome.

Dinner was provided by PVN’s own culinary team. The appetizer served was shredded brussels sprout salad. To compliment the wine, dinner consisted of filet of beef, smashed root vegetables, green beans, baby carrots and a mushroom medley. For dessert, the attendees enjoyed a flourless chocolate torte with crème anglaise.

While dinner was served, pianist Bill Cobb played holiday classics.

Each guest was given cookies (prepared by Kaily Ellis) to take-home as a treat for attending the celebration.  

For more information about independent living at Presbyterian Village North, visit presvillagenorth.org.

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Residents At PVN Donate Toys and Money to Stults Elementary School

Each year the residents at Presbyterian Village North (PVN) donate toys to the students at Stults Elementary School.

This year, the residents donated about 30 toys and $850 to the school.

The exchange took place at Stults Elementary on December 17.

If you would like to help the students at Stults Elementary, please contact Regina McCurdy at regina.mccurdy@risd.org.

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