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Youth & Elders Program Features – March/April 2020

Summit Academy High School recently started partnering with Bessie’s Hope. They are the perfect sized on going youth group for a smaller home, The Gardens Care Home – Jewell Estates. Students and residents enjoyed getting to know one another, playing balloon volleyball, “Chair Yoga Bingo” and celebrating Valentine’s Day together. The residents especially loved having the students sing “The Wonderful Song” to them!

We are thankful for our partnerships with Cindy Kreis’s class at Summit Academy High School and all the Gardens Care Homes!

Polaris Elementary School

Long time youth group partner, Polaris Elementary, began visits this spring with residents at Brookshire House.  Students and residents were able to experience each other’s worlds, as the residents visited Polaris school, and the students then travelled to Brookshire House. 

 In addition to the Bessie’s Hope training, Group leader and the Gifted Resource Teacher, Catherine Forington, prepped students with sensory simulations to provide the students with a perspective on navigating the world with reduced sensory input while building empathy.


 Bessie’s Hope facilitated the intergenerational interaction with getting-to-know-you activities, rock painting, and of course, “The Wonderful Song”.  Both the elders and youth were smiling ear to ear and filled with joy and connection during every visit.


 Thank you, Polaris Elementary School for your partnership with Bessie’s Hope!


McLain Community High School at MorningStar Assisted Living and Memory Care of Littleton

For many years, LeNora Weaver has partnered with Bessie’s Hope to provide her students at McLain Community High School with the life-enriching experience of cultivating relationships with elders in long term care.   The students listen intently, while the elders reminisce, sharing stories of favorite memories.  Since their Bessie’s Hope “grandpartners” are at MorningStar of Littleton Memory Care, the youth also have the opportunity to enter into and be present in the elder’s reality of the moment. 

The students and elders enjoy spending time with each other, and there is always a room filled with laughter, hugs, dancing, singing, conversation and participating in an activity or craft project together.  In the 7-sec video clip, the elder is creating the music by humming and setting the rhythm and tempo, and the teenagers are respectfully and joyfully dancing with her.

Community & Elders Program Feature – March/April 2020

Regis University students and teachers have woven participation with Bessie’s Hope into the Pharmacy and Nursing Service Learning curriculum for many years. Students are able to experience the variance among many nursing homes, assisted living communities and be introduced to the vast career opportunities in long term care.

Regis students enjoyed singing, dancing, conversation and games with residents from Balfour at Stapleton, Bethany Nursing and Rehab,  Brookshire House, Brookside Inn, Cedars Healthcare Center, Chelsea Place, Cherrelyn Healthcare Center, Forest Street Compassionate Care Center,  Greenridge Place, Mesa Vista of Boulder, MorningStar Assisted Living and Memory Care of Littleton, and Orchard Park Health Care Center.

Thank you to our partners at Regis University and all of our assisted living and nursing home partners! 

Family & Elders Program Feature – March/April 2020

Bessie’s Hope volunteer, Tonya Lacy, began volunteering at Juniper Village Aurora at the beginning of the year to engage with the residents there. However, once introduced to Ms. Yvonne, her volunteer experience turned into a family one. Her twin teens, Resa and Rueben have also joined in on the fun, and have enjoyed getting to know and playing card games with Ms. Yvonne.


However, due to COVID-19 precautions, visitors are unable to enter our elder care communities at this time. Although, that did not stop the Lacy family from connecting with Ms. Yvonne. They took the time to write letters, and Resa, Tonya’s daughter, shared her passion and talent for art by creating pictures to share with Ms. Yvonne during this time.


At Bessie’s Hope, we are so thankful for volunteers like Tonya and her family!

Family & Elders Program Feature – February 2020

Peyton and Morgan Ankrum, volunteers from St. Mary’s Academy, visited several elder care homes preparing ornaments and wrapping gifts for residents to give during the holiday season.  It was a magical experience for all.


This was Peyton’s idea and Bessie’s Hope was so honored to be a part of it!

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Community & Elders Program Feature – February 2020

For many years, Regis University School of Nursing has partnered with Bessie’s Hope to provide an introductory experience in working with the geriatric population. Bessie’s Hope provides the education and training for the nursing students and coordinates group visits at multiple elder care facilities, so the students will have diverse experiences.  Because interacting with individuals who have advanced Alzheimer’s Disease is included in our training, each group of nursing students has the opportunity to engage with elders in various memory care facilities.  Their participation with Bessie’s Hope also includes time with elders in skilled care (nursing homes) and with elders in assisted living communities that are not memory care.  Through Bessie’s Hope, they see how much the elders have to teach all younger generations.

Above are photos of some of the students at a visit at Balfour at Stapleton. Facilitated by Bessie’s Hope staff, the students have the opportunity to participate in getting-to-know-you dialogue, dancing and lots of laughter and hugs.


Below are a couple of pictures of other nursing students dancing with elders at Cedars Health Care Center and Chelsea Place Memory Care.

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Youth & Elders Program Feature – February 2020

Little Sprouts Friendship Garden” preschool has partnered with Bessie’s Hope for a few years.  It’s always enchanting to watch the preschoolers and elders at TenderCare Harvard Park bring such joy to each other!   They read together, create together, dance together, and have so much fun together!  In the picture above, they were stacking hands and about to yell “GO TEAM!

Girl Scout Troop 77818 performed Christmas carols, and spread the holiday cheer at Juniper Village Louisville this past December.  Smiles and hugs were spread near and far!

Bessie’s Hope is proud to partner with Little Sprouts Friendship Garden and Girl Scout Troop 77818, and we hope both partnerships continue for many years!

Learn more about how to get your youth or school group involved here.

Family & Elders Program Feature – December 2019

Jessica, Charlie, Will and Matthew Swick experienced a special family joy at Chelsea Place when getting to know their “adopted” elder.  There is no deeper joy than that from helping another.  The elders who participate in this program either have no personal visitors, or they are seldomly visited.  The loneliness and hopelessness felt by someone who has NO ONE is so heavy on the heart, and this heaviness is lifted when someone comes along to say, “I care, and I am here for you.”  Likewise, when family members share making such a significant difference in the life of another, there is a love that glows and lightens the hearts of all involved.

Sara and Brooklyn Matlock have also experienced this family joy at Cedars Health Care with their “adopted elder”.   We are thankful for all our Family and Elders Program volunteers.  They are filling such a void in someone’s life.

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Community & Elders Program Feature – December 2019

MDC/Richmond American Homes is a sponsor of Bessie’s Hope, and we are very grateful.  We hope to have repeat elder care visits with MDC employees, after others hear how heartwarming, meaningful, life-changing, and fun the experience was for their co-workers. 

This is a gratifying volunteer experience, because you immediately see and feel the difference  you are making in someone’s life.  Likewise, it is the perfect team-building group project. 

This year, Bailey wanted to create multiple opportunities for her listeners to have the heartwarming experience of participating in a group visit at an elder care home.  Pictured are Bailey and some of the other volunteers who participated in a Bessie’s Hope training session and a group visit with elders at Chelsea Place.

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Youth & Elders Program Feature – December 2019

Westerly Creek Elementary School and Balfour at Stapleton

Students from Westerly Creek Elementary School and the elders at Balfour at Stapleton enjoy their times together.  They read together, dance and sing together, create together and share favorite stories.  The children listen intently to the elders telling of their experiences of long ago. 

Learn more about how to get your youth or school group involved here.

Youth & Elders Program Feature – October 2019

Featured are some of the students who participated in our School-to-Career Work Force Development for Long Term Care this summer through the DPS CareerConnect program and through a DPS summer internship program.  The students received the Bessie’s Hope education on long term care: the reasons people are in long term care; the various levels of long term care; dementia; hearing and vision loss; and other physical conditions, such as stroke and diabetes. They also received training that enabled the volunteers to have comfortable and meaningful interaction with elders of all levels of cognitive functioning, including advanced Alzheimer’s Disease. 

The students participated in visits at two nursing homes, Briarwood Health Care Center and Cedars Health Care Center.  Bessie’s Hope staff facilitated the visits and introduced the students to staff members at the elder care homes.  The students received a presentation on the many jobs and career opportunities in elder care homes.  They also went to Argus Home Health Care Agency and received a presentation on the jobs and career opportunities within home health care.  In fact, two of the students filled out job applications at Argus. 

The students had the opportunity to shadow various positions within Briarwood, and three of the students participated in a six-week internship there.  One of the students chose to do her internship with Bessie’s Hope to participate in more administrative and marketing tasks and learning opportunities.

Learn more about how to get your youth or school group involved here.