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Kehillah Turns One!

A lot of lives have changed over the last year at Kehillah. This was the message that supporters heard at the One Year Anniversary Celebration  on Wednesday, November 12th.

Left to Right: Sandy Harrison-Brown, Parent of a Kehillah Resident R: Corrinne Spiegel, Jewish Family & Child Service.

Supporters of this independent home for adults with special needs gathered for birthday cake and residents’ stories, and got a real sense of just how special Kehillah is in their lives. Greg Brown, parent of one of the residents, praised the family members of Kehillah residents for their dedication and teamwork. He also told a story of how he and his wife were able to take a vacation out of the country for the first time.

“We knew that if something happened to our son, there would be someone there who could help”.

After poignant remarks from Brown, Kehillah Board Member Dr. Bruce Schafer, and Cedar Sinai Park CEO David Fuks, speaker and Kehillah resident Molly Bauermiller invited guests to come visit her apartment, made warm with Hello Kitty decals and personal decorations. She was eager to show off her cat, Whimsy, but Whimsy was feeling anti-social and hid under the couch.

Other residents welcomed visitors inside their homes, where supporters of this unique housing model saw first-hand the lives of this special group of people. The residents shared stories of their new jobs, adventures on the bus routes, the cooking lessons that the group has been taking, and the special friendships that have formed between them.

Said Frank Hudson, manager of the building,  “We have a lot of fun down at Kehillah!”

 

 

Kehillah Night at McMenamin’s

SAVE THE DATE of Wednesday, November 5thKehillahHousing_RenderingSMALL

for FRIENDS of KEHILLAH NIGHT!

It is the perfect night to visit McMenamin’s Raleigh Hills Pub at 4495 SW Schools Ferry Road — for a snack, a drink or a full meal.

From 5 pm to close — 50% of the evening’s sales will be donated to Kehillah.

Kehillah partners with local social service agencies and tenant employed providers to offer adults with developmental disabilities affordable housing and access to an array of social services that support their ability to live independently in the community.

Funds generated go toward supporting tenant social activities, training/education programs and needed equipment upgrades for Kehillah and the special needs population it serves.

Our Volunteer of The Year

Annette GerardEach year LeadingAge Oregon (the statewide association of not-for-profit and other mission-directed organizations dedicated to advancing quality aging) sponsors the Volunteer of the Year award…allowing member facilities to select a resident who has contributed in a significant way to that facility or campus’s mission and quality of life. We are proud to announce that Rose Schnitzer Manor resident, Annette Gerard is being recognized as Cedar Sinai Park’s Volunteer of the Year for 2014.

Annette moved to RSM in March of 2010 and immediately began volunteering without delay. Greeting residents in the hallways with a smile and friendly hello, Annette can be seen involved in many different ways of giving back to the Cedar Sinai community and the Portland community at large.

She is instrumental in coordinating Purls of Wisdom, a group of RSM knitters who have created over 1300 items including hats, booties, scarves, and afghans which have been donated to JFCS, Raphael House for Battered Women, St. Vincent Neonatal Unit for premature babies,  White Bird Clinic for the Homeless, Breast Friends, and several other local organizations. On a weekday, you can catch Annette in the Stop ‘N Shop greeting customers, arranging displays, makes and donates beads to be sold, and encouraging purchases to those shopping. As a Resident Ambassador, Annette greets new residents, tours potential residents and families, and tries to make moving into a new home as comfortable and welcoming as possible. For the past two years, Annette has chaired the nominating committee as part of the RSM Resident Council.Annette was involved with Seder Plate making, Shaloch Manos gift bag assembly, and is always ready to grab a few friends to help assemble a mass mailing being sent out by various departments. Besides singing in the choir each week, she is also busy tending the greenhouse and its tender seedlings and coordinates the yearly plant sale open to staff and residents.

Congratulations to Annette for her years in volunteering on campus and her devotion to the community she lives in and to her peers. She is our volunteer of the year … all year long and beyond!

You are invited – Caregiver Support Group

Are you caring for a parent or an older adult friend or loved one?

Are you feeling overwhelmed or have questions?

Caring for a family member – whether in your home, their home or in another care setting – can be very stressful.  Even if you do not provide hands-on care, you may struggle with a lack of privacy, sleep deprivation, feelings of anger, guilt or depression, or an overwhelming sense of responsibility for the well-being of your loved one.

Cedar Sinai Park, in collaboration with Jewish Family & Child Service and Sinai Family Home Services,

invite you to a family support group:

“It Takes a Village: Supporting Families Caring for Elders”

We are here to tell you that you are not alone.

“It Takes a Village” meets at 7:00 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at Rose Holding Hands with Elderly PatientSchnitzer Manor. The group is facilitated by David Molko, Senior Outreach Clinician for Jewish Family & Child Service, and Sarah Wheeler, Social Services Director at Robison Jewish Health Center.  Participants have the opportunity to share their concerns, explore solutions to problems, and suggest topics for future meetings.

Monday, September 8th at 7:00 p.m. May Living Room at Rose Schnitzer Manor  – 6140 SW Boundary Street, PortlandPlease contact Irit Mandelsberg at 503.535.4212 or at irit.mandelsberg@cedarsinaipark.org to reserve your place today.

Resident Artist: Olive Eng

Olive EngBorn in San Antonio, Texas, Olive Eng’s parents were originally from the Guangzhou province of China. Olive grew up with a unique blend of both eastern and western influences. The family moved to California when she was a teenager. After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree from UCLA and her Master’s Degree from USC, Olive worked for the LA City Schools for 20 years. When it came time to retire, Olive moved north to Portland and moved into the Rose Schnitzer Manor. She began dabbling in painting, taking collage and water color classes at the Multnomah Art Center (MAC). Over time, Olive really began to develop her distinctive style of art using a blend of paint — both acrylic and water color — colored papers, print material and other mixed media.

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Peter Blanchard helps out with Olive Eng’s Art installation at Cedar Sinai Park, with her daughter Caryl Hoffman.

IMG_9233 Olive has shown her work at the Pacific Art Guild in Los Angeles, the Festival for the Arts in Lake Oswego, the Oregon Society of Artists, the Ageless Art Exhibit, part of the Oregon Alliance of Senior and Health services (now LeadingAge Oregon), and in 2011 had her first solo exhibit at Stonehenge Studio in John’s Landing. CSP is excited to have Olive’s Asian Collage Series “East Meets West” currently showing at the Rose Schnitzer Manor.