Schurig Center began because of the vision of a caregiver – Karen – who believed being with others who understand and who truly care, leads to a better life than being alone. Over 30 years later, that vision carries on.
At this year’s Summer Solstice Social, we celebrated the amazing community that has grown around our center and honored caregivers for their love, support, and caring. On June 23, our “tribe” gathered on the center’s serene deck to enjoy tasty BBQ hot off the grill and homemade ice cream while listening to the soulful live music of Joey Wolpert and Bob Hahn from the B Sharp Blues Band. Plus, caregivers were treated to gifts and some much-deserved pampering and relaxation, including massages from Chrissy Kors.
The highlight of the afternoon was the sharing of appreciation by staff and guests for the contributions that caregivers make each and every day in the lives of their loved one or client.
Executive Director Patricia Gill kicked off the love fest, “We have witnessed the strength of caregivers, and the challenges faced in being there always, for the ones you love. It is probably the toughest role a person has in life, caregiving, and one of the most rewarding. To make life better for someone we love – is a gift and purpose that brings tears of heartache at times, and tears of joy.”
Art Program Director Midge Casler echoed these sentiments, “Over the years, I have met a lot of caregivers. It’s clear to me they are very special people. Some are born knowing they want to do this work and come into the role as a job and some are caregivers out of necessity to care for a loved one. But, they are all special and require an ability to care with patience, love, attention, observation, and focus – just to name a few of the qualities. Often times, the caregivers may see some of the worst or most difficult times and behaviors from their loved ones, but let me assure you that here at Schurig Center we witness the immense love and appreciation they feel for all of you.”
Program Coordinator Sara Chambers was pleased to read “Like a Sunflower,” a moving poem conceived and collaboratively written by Therapeutic Program clients in honor of each of their family members and caregivers.
To read “Like a Sunflower” click here or to download and print a copy of the poem featuring original sunflower artwork created by Schurig artists, click here.
Thank you family members and caregivers!
For being here, for staying strong and resilient for your loved one, for allowing Schurig Center to be part of your journey and for allowing us to support you as well. Our work, and our lives, are enhanced by knowing you and being witness to your love and caring.
Thank you for helping to make this year’s Summer Solstice Social so memorable!
Thank you volunteers: Sandy Gilpatrick, Ellen Takayama, Jessica Thompson, Ramona Xenakis, and photographer Debbie and Todd Wright. Special thanks to Karen Halvorsen and Gwen and Martin Gans for helping to create a beautiful garden setting for all to relax and enjoy.