Holiday Cheer Abounds at Richmond Community Services!
Day Program North
This week, Day Program North brightened the building by lighting the Menorah and the Christmas tree. Residents were eager to see the tree and have their photo taken. In honor of those we lost this past year, staff made angels with each person's name and worked together with the individuals to hang the angels on the tree. It proved to be a touching tribute to Richmond's forever family.
The bakers of Day Program North also broke out their baking pans and spatulas to make and decorate cookies. Using hand-over-hand assistance where needed, individuals gave their cookie a personal touch. Sweet sugar icing and sparkling decor made the holiday treats look absolutely irresistible.
Mary Randolph, Day Program North Senior Supervisor, who personally knows Santa Claus, arranged for him to visit the classrooms bringing holiday cheer and a story to read.
Richmond residences have been busy at work getting ready for the holidays with tree trimming and hanging of stockings. Check out their beautiful creations on our social media pages:
Celebrating with Colleagues and Friends
No holiday celebration would be complete without the company of colleagues and friends. The self-advocacy group enjoyed great company (ugly sweaters and all) while they feasted on a delicious meal prepared by Paca Lipovac, Richmond's President and CEO. Each group brought with them a homemade confection to share and enter in the baking contest. During the party, self-advocates welcomed guest speakers Evan Yankey, the New York City Regional Assistant Coordinator and Policy Advisor and Brendan Klein, self-advocate and Board Member from SANYS (Self-Advocacy Association of New York State). They spoke about self-advocacy, what it means, and how the group can become more involved and autonomous.
All of us at Richmond Community Services wish you the very best for the holiday season and the coming new year.