Endorsements

Testimonials

Youth

#1 " It feels really good to volunteer with Bessie’s Hope because being able to touch people’s life like Bessie’s Hope does, really touches mine. To see the look on some of the elders there when we come is just great because then you know you are bringing joy back to their life that they once had. read more

 

#2 "Bessie’s Hope is a fun filled experience. The nursing home gives you a chance to make someone’s day, and you get to make someone feel special again. It just makes you have a warm feeling in your heart, that also makes you feel special. It gives you a chance to help someone else besides yourself. Its just an amazing experience." –Brandon

#3 Once a month my school does a day of outreach. I was not originally in the group going with Bessie's Hope, but God works in mysterious ways. When I was told I had been reassigned to a nursing home I received it with nervous anticipation. I'm a fairly confident person, but I have never felt gifted in the areas of patience and social outpouring, both necessary when spending time with the elderly. When we arrived, I said a quick prayer, and went for it. I'm not going to lie, it was not easy, but the love and joy that I felt from the people I spoke to meant just as much to me as it did to them. Not only is Bessie's Hope an opportunity to reach into the lives of others but also to grow as an individual by displacing our usual selfish mentality.

                                                                                          

Teachers

#4  "I am writing to tell you of the great benefit my fourth grade students receive from our visits to Manor Care. For the last two school years, we have walked from Crest View Elementary for monthly visits with our grand partners. Before our first visit each year, a Bessie's Hope staff member has come to our classroom, provided the children with an excellent understanding of what our visits will be like, showed them an orientation video, and had the children practice how to introduce themselves effectively.  read more

#5 How do you help a group of middle school children move outside of themselves and see the value of giving joy to others? Simple. Give them a chance to interact with Grandpartners through Bessie's Hope. If our students are representative, the service learning time spent at Assisted Living Homes is like the punch line on a Master Card commercial. "Priceless" Though there are moments of apprehension and angst when we first arrive, our kids clearly cherish the opportunity. In every follow up activity, the students show maturity, thankfulness, selflessness and growth. One can't ask for much more. Tom Graesser- Kent Denver School

Parents of Youth Participants

#6 "Since participating in the Bessie’s Hope program, I’ve observed my daughter Nell exhibit so much more patience and kindness towards her grandmother (my Mom) who at 84, has dementia and lives in an assisted living residence here in Denver.  read more

Acitivity Directors

#7 "When the Bessie's Hope kids come I see the residents smile. I see people smile who I didn't even know the were able to smile!"-Dinan

#8 "Gracie, a longtime resident, and widowed for many years recently lost her last family member, her daughter, whose devotion to visiting and supporting her mother was an object of admiration. Gracie seemed to take the sad news with the same positive grace with which she has dealt with her other hardships. But even the strongest person can tire, and over the next several days we saw Gracie lose the twinkle in her eye, participate in the life of the Community less and less, and seem to withdraw into a solitary space where we couldn’t follow.  read more

Parents of Elder Residents

#9Thank you for your wonderful youth and elders program. It means a lot to many people, not least we children of the residents who appreciate the opportunity for our loved ones to connect with a younger generation.”

Family and Elders Participants

#10 "Floyd is a joy to visit. He is getting more precious and affectionate. He loves being visited. When I arrive, I say “is this a good time to visit” and he says, “for nice people like you, I am always available to visit”. Even if he seems to be asleep, he will say that he is just resting his eyes. I continue to share books with Floyd. Last time I visited, in the sweetest possible way he said “What did you bring me today?” He is opening up more, talking about feelings, childhood, challenging situations… He is gaining strength in his legs. He is in a wheelchair. But at the last visit, he stood up for a hug."

Testimonials

Youth

#1 " It feels really good to volunteer with Bessie’s Hope because being able to touch people’s life like Bessie’s Hope does, really touches mine. To see the look on some of the elders there when we come is just great because then you know you are bringing joy back to their life that they once had. It’s fun to do activities with them to show that they still can do things and that they still matter. Whether or not these elders remember me I will continue volunteering with them and bringing joy to both our lives. One day we all will grow old and maybe in the same boat as they, but when we are I’m positive we will all want someone to come visit us. I will continue with Bessie’s Hope for as long as I can and I recommend for those who want to bring someone’s spirit back to join". – Justin

#2 "Bessie’s Hope is a fun filled experience. The nursing home gives you a chance to make someone’s day, and you get to make someone feel special again. It just makes you have a warm feeling in your heart, that also makes you feel special. It gives you a chance to help someone else besides yourself. Its just an amazing experience." –Brandon

#3  Once a month my school does a day of outreach. I was not originally in the group going with Bessie's Hope, but God works in mysterious ways. When I was told I had been reassigned to a nursing home I received it with nervous anticipation. I'm a fairly confident person, but I have never felt gifted in the areas of patience and social outpouring, both necessary when spending time with the elderly. When we arrived, I said a quick prayer, and went for it. I'm not going to lie, it was not easy, but the love and joy that I felt from the people I spoke to meant just as much to me as it did to them. Not only is Bessie's Hope an opportunity to reach into the lives of others but also to grow as an individual by displacing our usual selfish mentality.           

  Teachers

#4   "I am writing to tell you of the great benefit my fourth grade students receive from our visits to Manor Care. For the last two school years, we have walked from Crest View Elementary for monthly visits with our grand partners. Before our first visit each year, a Bessie's Hope staff member has come to our classroom, provided the children with an excellent understanding of what our visits will be like, showed them an orientation video, and had the children practice how to introduce themselves effectively.My students have participated in a variety of activities with our Manor Care grand partners. “Living History” interviews are conducted at Manor Care, and then used to write wonderful reports which are shared with our grand partners or used to show our classroom parents the lessons learned from the grand partners. With other visits, the kids have read to their partners, written letters, and shared stories with each other. All of these activities support our literacy work in writing, reading, and speaking skills."

I believe the greatest benefit of our Manor Care visits affords is the opportunity for social and emotional growth. The children realize that, even at their young age, they can make a positive difference in people’s lives. They learn acceptance of differences, and the joy of bringing a smile to someone who is often very lonely. These things are priceless, and I am appreciative of all of the work your organization does to make these experiences possible."

Warm regards,  Mark B, 4th grade teacher, Crestview Elementary

#5 "How do you help a group of middle school children move outside of themselves and see the value of giving joy to others? Simple. Give them a chance to interact with Grandpartners through Bessie's Hope. If our students are representative, the service learning time spent at Assisted Living Homes is like the punch line on a Master Card commercial. "Priceless" Though there are moments of apprehension and angst when we first arrive, our kids clearly cherish the opportunity. In every follow up activity, the students show maturity, thankfulness, selflessness and growth. One can't ask for much more. Tom Graesser- Kent Denver School“

Parents of Participating Youth

#6 "Since participating in the Bessie’s Hope program, I’ve observed my daughter Nell exhibit so much more patience and kindness towards her grandmother (my Mom) who at 84, has dementia and lives in an assisted living residence here in Denver. My mom cannot remember much of anything, so she cannot tell us how she spent her day yesterday or even what she had for breakfast this morning. She asks the same repetitive questions throughout our visits, but I now observe Nell engaging her grandmother more and exhibiting more patience. It is really wonderful, not to mention helpful as I work to manage my own behavior around the mother I barely recognize in some ways!"

Activity Directors

#7  "When the Bessie's Hope kids come I see the residents smile. I see people smile who I didn't even know the were able to smile!"-Dinan

#8  "Gracie, a longtime resident, and widowed for many years recently lost her last family member, her daughter, whose devotion to visiting and supporting her mother was an object of admiration. Gracie seemed to take the sad news with the same positive grace with which she has dealt with her other hardships. But even the strongest person can tire, and over the next several days we saw Gracie lose the twinkle in her eye, participate in the life of the Community less and less, and seem to withdraw into a solitary space where we couldn’t follow.

And then Bessie’s Hope came to our care community. The excitement of the seniors was palpable as they gathered in our dining room to greet the youngsters, many of whom had not visited a nursing home before. But it didn’t take long for both groups to find common ground and the energy level of that first meeting rose and rose. Gracie and a young girl from Bessie’s Hope shared a special moment, one that rekindled the light in Gracie’s eyes. In healthcare we sometimes limit our ideas of dealing with grief to the usual things, counseling, medications, and increased invitations to activities. None of those did much for Gracie. It was the simple human connection between an elder and youngster that opened the doors of recovery, and enriched the lives of them both.” - Betty

After a Dream Comes True for elder sprots fans, "For me the Nuggets game represented a lot of things. But the best part was watching Steve get out, He was sitting up front waiting to go to the game at 2:30 pm and the buss was not leaving until 5pm. He spent the afternoon waiting to go to the game, as soon as the bus pulled up he was headed for the door! As he wheeled him self out he said 'This is the first time I have left the building in over a year!'  To see the smile on his face and the all day anticipation was great! I have never seen Steve so happy and excited to do anything." - Michael

Parents of Elder Residents

#9 “Thank you for your wonderful youth and elders program. It means a lot to many people, not least we children of the residents who appreciate the opportunity for our loved ones to connect with a younger generation.”

Family and Elders Participants

#10 "Floyd is a joy to visit. He is getting more precious and affectionate. He loves being visited. When I arrive, I say “is this a good time to visit” and he says, “for nice people like you, I am always available to visit”. Even if he seems to be asleep, he will say that he is just resting his eyes. I continue to share books with Floyd. Last time I visited, in the sweetest possible way he said “What did you bring me today?” He is opening up more, talking about feelings, childhood, challenging situations… He is gaining strength in his legs. He is in a wheelchair. But at the last visit, he stood up for a hug."