The dreamed-about vision of a new hobby room at Fort Collins Village is now a reality. Thanks to generous donors and a sizable grant, the project is complete and features many modern amenities.
Delahoy Construction began remodeling the space in late January 2019. Four staff members who work in the hobby room (and Thumper, the bunny) were all relocated for the next three months — as were most of the activities they planned for residents.
When construction was complete and the doors opened, the newly-revived room was ready for use. Some key improvements include:
- A modernized kitchen, more accessible for residents in wheelchairs
- Spacious and attractive maple storage closets
- Easy-to-use “cubby spots” for residents who want to use the computer or personal craft space
- Updated office space for activities staff members
- A modern cork board on the walls for information and art displays
- New round tables
- A new sliding door leading out to the courtyard, complete with a patio that will be fenced in. This will allow for some organized outdoor activities and more fresh air for residents
A new hobby room was something that staff members had wanted for years. They talked about it, planned for it and then raised money for it.
In addition to donor funds, the project received a $25,000 grant from the Fort Collins Community Fund, through the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado; thanks to Courtney Hughbanks, director of donor engagement, who applied for the grant.
During the remodel, it seemed that every nook and cranny of Fort Collins Village was used for art projects, exercise classes and guest speakers and musicians. Staff members were creative in finding space, and residents were resilient and patient during the process.
During the ribbon cutting ceremony, staff members officially thanked donors who made the new hobby room a reality.
Stop by and visit this lovely new space the next time you’re here. The activities staff, and Thumper, will tell you they’re glad to be back in their proper places.
Staff and residents give back
Good Samaritan Society – Fort Collins Village continued an annual tradition of collecting new pajamas for underprivileged children of all ages.
Residents, families and staff members donated more than 100 pairs of PJs that were later distributed (along with books from National Scholastic) to needy children at local schools, homeless shelters and children in foster care.
Then, just two weeks later, the Village community pulled together yet again, and gathered 168 gently used towels and 32 twin sheet sets for the Fort Collins Rescue Mission, the local homeless shelter. The kindness and generosity of the season prevailed!
A labor of love for a family in need
On a recent cold, rainy day, Good Samaritan Society – Fort Collins Village staff members headed to the Mares family home in Fort Collins to chop down four dead aspen trees.
This wasn’t a typical Good Samaritan Society Founder’s Day Service Project, and initially, staff members were unsure whether they would be able to help.
Projects usually involve volunteers installing grab bars and raised toilet seats in bathrooms, and changing light bulbs and smoke detector batteries.
But, Courtney Hughbanks, director of donor engagement at Fort Collins Village, learned that Ted Mares was battling brain cancer. And his wife, Marina, and mother, Joyce, were feeling overwhelmed.
“I could see the stress and exhaustion in their eyes,” says Courtney.
Joyce told Courtney that the neighborhood Home Owner's Association had given the family 14 days to remove the dead trees. Marina and Joyce were faced with Ted’s mounting medical bills, and the last thing they needed was an HOA fine.
“When I learned about the Mares family’s situation, I immediately thought of the Good Samaritan story,” says Fred Pitzl, administrator at Fort Collins Village. “I knew that we were called to ‘stop along the road’ and help them.”
And help is what they did.
That morning, Courtney, Dave Crowley and Kirsten Stockton used a chainsaw to cut down the trees. They hauled branches and made two trips to the landfill in a little more than four hours.
Unfortunately, Ted didn’t get to see the completed project as he died two days after Courtney met his family. Despite his condition, Ted’s death at age 52 was unexpected and heartbreaking.
But the team of volunteers felt like their help offered some respite for the family.
“When we were finished, Marina had to leave to prepare the funeral service for the following day,” Courtney says. “The relief and gratitude she expressed made the work feel even more meaningful. I could almost feel the weight lifted off of her shoulders.”
Fort Collins Village celebrates 45 years of service
Good Samaritan Society – Fort Collins Village celebrated its 45th anniversary in September by hosting a series of events.
The events included a senior prom with a live band, an indoor movie night, a luncheon to honor first responders on Sept. 11, a department parade and ice cream social, and a unique way to end the week: a Rock-a-Thon.
During the Rock-a-Thon, volunteers kept a rocking chair rocking for 45 hours straight – yes, that’s two overnights! The Rock-a-Thon helped Fort Collins Village raise more than $1,300 for its Staff Scholarship fund. The event was supported by almost 50 people taking 30 minute to three-hour shifts in the rocking chair.
Residents, family members, employees and friends from the community all came out to congratulate the staff and to thank them for serving seniors in the community for more than four decades.
It was a wonderful week! A big thank you to all who participated in any of the celebration events.
Fort Collins Village receives national quality award
Good Samaritan Society - Fort Collins Village received Providigm's Embracing Excellence Award for 2017.
This independent, national accrediting agency oversees nursing homes meeting or exceeding federal regulations regarding quality of care provided to residents they serve.
This award reflects excellence based on deficiency-free surveys and customer satisfaction.
Fort Collins Village is one of only 298 centers in the U.S. and Ontario, Canada, to receive this award.
"Good Samaritan Society's Fort Collins Village is an excellent example of a nursing center taking initiative to proactively identify and correct quality concerns," said Dr. Andrew Kramer, Providigm's chief executive officer.
For more information about the full continuum of care provided at Fort Collins Village, call (970) 226-4909 or please visit us at 508 W. Trilby Road.
"We are extremely proud of the work our care team has accomplished to achieve this accreditation," said Fred Pitzl, administrator of Fort Collins Village. "We take quality seriously. We strive to give our residents the quality of life and level of dignity they deserve while embodying our mission to share God's love in word and deed."