On November 4, Jennifer Durham, the Director of Community Life Services at Park Springs CCRC, received the YMCA of Metro Atlanta’s 2013 Volunteer of the Year award for her service at the Decatur Family YMCA.
“For the past nine years, Jennifer has been involved in a volunteer-run program called the Happy Club,” says Bill McKoy, executive director of the Decatur Family Y. “She has been the Happy Club coordinator for the past three years and is an outstanding, detail-oriented leader. She always is willing to go the extra mile for the club.”
The Happy Club is an enrichment program for adults with physical and developmental disabilities. It is solely run by volunteers. Durham coordinates the Decatur Y chapter, which is one of four in the Y.
Happy Club members meet twice a month on weekends and go to the movies, restaurants, sporting events, museums, theater, and many other recreational activities. The most anticipated event is the annual beach trip, a long weekend filled with camaraderie and fun for 60 members.
“Families and caregivers really appreciate the program,” says Durham. “Success is when parents entrust us with their child’s care. Some members have become independent enough to ride MARTA to attend Happy Club activities.”
“There is a real sense of community and family at the Y, and I have made many lifelong friends throughout the years.”
ABOUT PARK SPRINGS:
Park Springs (completed in 2007), owned and operated by Isakson Living and professionally managed by Life Care Services, LLC, is a 54-acre campus-style Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) surrounded by Stone Mountain Park. Park Springs is a vibrant community of active adults 62 and above who live in spacious private homes and enjoy a club-inspired lifestyle. Park Springs includes 398 Independent Homes; a Health Center (Cobblestone) with 42 Skilled Nursing rooms (Pebblebrook), 14 Dementia suites (Julia’s Suite) and 20 AL suites (The Bridges); Clubhouse with variety of dining options and common areas; and Fitness Center with lap pool, therapy pool and exercise room. Members live in a detached single-family home, cottage home or condominium-style villa. The community provides dining options in diverse settings and many social, educational and enrichment opportunities. Residential options offering a higher level of service and care are also available on campus. These include home health, assisted living suites, memory care or Medicare-certified skilled nursing and rehabilitation. As situations change, Members can move into the type of home or environment that best meets their needs.
500 Springhouse Circle, Stone Mountain, GA 30087 678-684-3300
About the Y:The Y is a powerful association of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and connect. Call 404-377-9622 or visit http://www.ymcaatlanta.org.