Hello Friends, Greetings from everyone here. We are remaining closed to keep the coronavirus out. So many people have helped us in the past few months…. from the Marin County, Dept of Public Health, the doctors, nurses, and education team at Kaiser, members of the Nazareth House Auxiliary, family members, the Good Fairy organization penpals, Marilyn from the Marin County Public Library, Our Lady of Loretto Service club, Spence Quint, Bob Jansen, and others hoping to entertain us, and all community members who have reached out and donated. Thank you! We hope to see everyone soon! Please keep us in your prayers.
The residents of Nazareth House greatly enjoyed assembling colorful paper flower arrangements courtesy of Lisa W. They appreciated the beauty of the flowers, and many gifted their creations to other residents for the July 4th holiday. Thanks very much Lisa!
Even amid the difficulties of our coronavirus shelter at home situation, a resident took the time to express words of appreciation for living here at Nazareth House. She wrote to the staff:
“Thank you for all you do, every day, in every way, to turn this vision into the reality of living in this Garden of Eden, Nazareth House. I have been here for only five months, and it is already home. The grounds are beautiful, with flowers and fountains – wonderful places for quiet prayer and meditation. The food is excellent…. The people are sweet – so good, so holy, in many ways so much fun to be with. It’s almost as if the aging process has acted on these dear people with some sort of magic, where each wrinkle and gray hair has enhanced them with a quality that “young and beautiful” doesn’t possess. It’s the same way the inevitable natural process of growing old produces a ripe and rosy, delicious peach, a succulent wheel of cheese, a mellow glass of wine… and lovely, loving, lively, happy old folks!”
Residents enjoyed crafting leprechauns in a recent art session at Nazareth House. Practicing fine motor control and expressing creativity made for a fun afternoon!
In combination with our residents, nutritional adviser, and a senior dining expert, we have enhanced the Nazareth House dining experience! Entree choices have increased, new recipes have been added, and service is more individualized. Old favorites like our homebaked scones, spaghetti bolognese, and spinach salads are of course still offered. We hear everyday: “The food is great!”. The Dinner Meal is served at noon. Guests and visitors are welcome, please call to arrange.
Residents at Nazareth House can choose to participate in a variety of planned activities, can pursue solitary hobbies, or can enjoy a pick-up card game or afternoon chat in one of the House living rooms. A daily calendar of events is available at breakfast or on CCTV to help in planning the day. August’s special outing will be a trip to the Bay Model. There is something for everyone at Nazareth House.
On Thursdays you will find our residents engaged in a drumming circle with Lior Tsarfaty, Bay Area musician. Rhythms, simple melodies and friendship fill one of the most well-loved hours of the week. http://www.villagesong.com.
Bocce League is back for the Spring at Nazareth House. Our 2/3 size court was a lovely donation from our Volunteer Auxiliary in 2005. Members of the Marin Bocce Federation and our Volunteers come to join our residents in fun competition on Friday mornings.
Sister Cecilia recently adopted a Bichon Frise puppy who immediately brought joy to the faces of the residents and staff of Nazareth House. What did she name her? JOY!
The residents of Nazareth House, studying watercolor with Marilee Rogers, have produced lovely notecards featuring their work. Sets of 5 as well as individual cards are available at the Nazareth House gift shop Monday – Friday 10-12 and 1-3. They are as nice as those on Etsy!