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From the Desk of the Executive Director

From:  Wade

To:       All Residents and Family Members

Date:   April 23, 2020

It has been 41 days since we locked the doors to visitors and began asking all residents and staff to begin practicing social distancing.  Obviously, this pandemic has been unlike anything we have ever experienced before, and I will be the first to admit it has been pretty frightening at times.  In looking back over these past 41 days, it occurred to me that I need to express my heartfelt thanks to all Wesley Pines residents and family members for being so understanding, encouraging, and patient.  I know the days are much longer without the visits from family and friends and without the fellowship of sharing meals and activities together.  And maybe the hardest thing, at least for me, is not knowing when this will be over with and what the “new normal” will look like.  Thru it all, however, I’ve not heard any complaints from residents or family members regarding the safeguards we have had to put in place, and for that I am very thankful.  God bless you all for being so understanding, patient, encouraging, and LOVING.

In the gospel of John, the Lord Jesus Christ teaches us that the key to joy is for us to love one another, and the greatest display of love is being willing to sacrifice yourself for your friends.

These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.  This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you.  Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.       John 15: 11-13

It occurred to me today that Wesley Pines employees, along with healthcare workers all over the world, are living out this scripture during this pandemic by showing up for work each day.  Choosing to work in a healthcare environment poses risks every day, but especially during a pandemic.  And not just to doctors, nurses and nurse aides.  Housekeepers, maintenance technicians, dietary and activity staff, and even administrative staff are at risk of exposure to a communicable disease or infection.  It takes all employees from all departments working together to provide for our residents!  If you would like to provide a written word of thanks or encouragement, a piece of artwork, a picture, or anything else that expresses your appreciation to our employees, please send it to me and I’ll post it in the front hallway where all employees are sure to see it.

I pray God’s blessings and protection for you all!