Donors drive new opportunities for Mount Hope residents
From left to right: Roy Butler, Corey Ewart, Bernice Haasen, Michelle Campbell, Keith Trussler, Sonia Baldwin, Barrow Baldwin, Carolyn Dowdell, Shelley McClay, Troy McClay and Ruthanne Folz.
Residents of Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care (Mount Hope) are thrilled about the exciting adventures awaiting them now that they have an accessible bus to call their own. Funded entirely through private donations, the 14-seater bus will enable residents and their families to enjoy their favourite off-site activities together.
The bus can accommodate up to eight residents who use wheelchairs and six family members or care providers. It will facilitate day trips that allow residents of Mount Hope to reconnect with the community in authentic and meaningful ways. Community outings help residents honour their former lives and reminisce about the past. Socialization is an important part of life for Mount Hope residents.
Carolyn Dowdell, a resident for 17 years, hopes to take advantage of more opportunities to get out and explore London. She spoke at the unveiling ceremony to celebrate the arrival of the bus.
“I like to see how the city has changed,” says Carolyn. “It’s nice just to be able to drive around and experience the architecture and see the development.”
Bundled up Mount Hope residents Carolyn Dowdell and Pat Poulson celebrate the arrival of the bus.
Carolyn’s sentiment was echoed by Brenda Callaghan, whose husband Hans is a resident of Mount Hope. Married for 22 years, she’s excited about visiting the herd of deer which can be seen in the early morning at Woodland Cemetery. It's a calm and peaceful moment that they like to share together.
Recreational therapists at Mount Hope plan to host 25 daytrips every month using the bus. Popular destinations include the butterfly conservatory in Kitchener, Great Lakes apple orchards and the maple syrup farm.
Funding for the bus was provided by donors Barrow and Sonia Baldwin, and brothers Troy and Ryan McClay from McClay’s Transportation. It’s through the support of giving community that St. Joseph’s is able to provide specialized programs and equipment that wouldn’t otherwise be possible.