Our new chapter at Warren Hills Regional High School had their first makeover earlier this December. With 24 residents in attendance for makeovers and manicures, it was a success thanks to the hard work of chapter president Elizabeth as well as her fellow leaders, advisor, and volunteers. (They had seven meetings before their first makeover to prepare!) Read on for some of their reflections from the big day!
"Although visiting a nursing home doesn't sound very significant to others, to the seniors it means the world. You can see it in their faces, how they light up with smiles as you interact with them. Just touching their hand or smiling at them is enough, and being with and talking to younger people makes them feel young again themselves. We had brought them Christmas cards and some of the seniors even wrote us cards back, thanking us for our services and asking us to come back.
While painting nails I met a woman named Deena who had red hair like me. After talking to her for a few moments, she asked me what I was going to do after high school and I told her I wanted to be a teacher. To my surprise, I found out that she used to be a teacher in New York City. She told me she wasn't sure why she was there, then responded with "Oh wait my husband died that's why." It took me by surprise and the only thing I could really do was say "I'm sorry" and hold her hand.
Many of the seniors told me how boring it gets there, and walking those hallways and meeting all those people reminded me that many of them don't have visitors. It is a sad reality that they don't have many people talking to and interacting with them on a daily basis like I do. I made many promises to them that I would return to the nursing home and visit again, and I intended to keep them.
The ladies at Warren Haven Nursing Home were some of the sweetest people I have ever met. Especially around the holidays, it's great to give back to your community, and visiting today is an experience that I could truly never forget. Today's present is tomorrow's past, and one day I might end up in a nursing home. If I do, I could only hope that GlamourGals continues on to grow, and that one day they might visit me."
-Elizabeth, chapter president
"I have one thing to say about my experience - I loved it! I was a little nervous at first but the residents were so sweet! One very nice lady kept complimenting our group and I think everyone had a great time. One of the residents gave me some very thoughtful advice. She told me to not wait to get older when I'm young because I'll be old for a very long time. I think what we did was amazing and I can't wait for our next visit." -Danielle, chapter vice president
"Our first meeting went better than I ever could have imagined. At first, I was really nervous because I wanted to make a good impression on the ladies at Warren Haven. However, once we met them, I felt so comfortable talking to them and being myself! They were all so sweet and kind and they had great stories to share. I have no doubt in my mind that all of us are going to become amazing friends with these amazing women." -Sofia, chapter volunteer
Special thanks to the Women Helping Others Foundation for their support of new chapter development in 2016.