Inside Story from Vanessa

December 1, 2014

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I hope you truly enjoyed Thanksgiving this year. Lots of residents were joined by guests in the dining room, we had a great time reading everyone’s leaves from the “What are you Thankful For?” Leaf Project, and the Christmas train is back!
We are so blessed that the Oklahoma Village Collector’s Club comes back every year to set up the Christmas train. It takes many volunteer hours to set up and take down the train. Stop by to watch the train round the tracks and hear its whistle blow.
We completed the remodeling project in the physician’s clinic. The front lobby received a facelift, the physician’s office was moved to the back room allowing space for a larger exam room up front and the entire clinic is now easier to maneuver through. I encourage you to stop by and check it out.
Thanks to a suggestion from one of our residents, we offered a free lunch to our former servicemen and women on Veterans Day. We served over 200 meals. I am grateful to Morris and his team for making that available on such short notice.
The University Village Foundation helped two employees in need during November. This month, we are making a donation to John 3:16 to help the homeless in our area. As the temperatures stays in the freezing numbers, it’s important for people, our neighbors, to be able to find a warm place to stay and a meal to help them stay nourished. Because of your generosity through tithing at church and through personal donations, our Foundation has met a lot of needs and helped with many causes in 2014.
The new tables for our dining room are expected to be delivered before Christmas. Since we wanted them to match our current tables and chairs, they had to be special ordered. The tables will be placed on the northwest end of the dining room. This will give us extra seating for holidays and places for people to sit and meet new residents.
For your safety and the safety of our staff, please have a sharps container in your apartment or cottage if you utilize needles or lancets of any kind. You can dispose of your sharps containers at our Assisted Living or Health Center nurse’s station.
Employees are not allowed to receive tips. This rule is a mandate from the Oklahoma State Department of Health put in place to protect residents of homes like ours. You can however, give a donation to the Employee Christmas Fund. Many employees work in front of or behind the scenes to make sure your needs are met and University Village remains a premiere retirement community in Tulsa. The donations received in this annual Fund are evenly distributed amongst the employees. You can make a tax deductible donation by writing a check to the University Village Foundation and writing “Employee Christmas” on the memo line. Donations can be accepted at the business office or front reception desk. Thank you for helping our staff to receive a gift from you that will add to their joy at Christmas.
I want to wrap up my 2014 articles with the greatest reminder of all “Today in the town of David, a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11. Merry Christmas,
God Bless each of you, Vanessa Neal, Executive Director x3652

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