Don is the resident jokester at Norwood Crossing. Watch him tell one of his favorite funnies. :)
Hamming it up for the camera at one of the first meetings for the annual Norwood Crossing Fall Art & Fashion Show. 11.1.14 Save the date!
We wanted to put the spotlight on one our dedicated volunteers who has been active within our community for almost 10 years! Art Brulle (pictured above) has truly defined what it means to give back and we couldn’t be prouder to have him in our Norwood Life Society family. Read a bit more about the shop and Art below.
-written by Stacey Draper (another great volunteer who has been helping our volunteer program (norVOLution) with its marketing and public relations efforts). Thanks, Stacey!
Norwood Life Society Thrift Shop:
Bargains—and People—with a Purpose
When visiting the Norwood Life Society Thrift Shop, you can count on two things: Discovering an array of beautiful, quality clothing and home items at bargain prices, and being greeted by the friendliest, most welcoming, staff in town.
The Shop is staffed entirely by volunteers, a team of nearly 40 enthusiastic and dedicated folks like Art Brulle who keep operations running six days a week. Their efforts help raise funds to support Norwood Crossing’s life enrichment programs, and their friendly demeanor keep shoppers coming back.
Art has volunteered at the Thrift Shop since 2005. As Thursday’s Lead, Art opens and closes the Shop, cheerfully assists customers, and works alongside other longtime team members Grace and Caroline. He enjoys creating eye-catching displays of seasonal merchandise and sorting new items for sale.
“Art is a great guy and volunteer,” says Kate Roche, Director of Volunteer Services, “and he really cares about the Thrift Shop and our mission.” Art also has even volunteered to work the grill every year at the annual Norwood Crossing picnic.
Thank you, Art, for who you are and all you do!
Click the picture to read an article about the rich history of the cutest little resale shop in Norwood Park!
For information on how you can join our great volunteer team, please visit: www.norvolution.org
Pardon our dust!
We just began the first part of our Nursing Building Dining Room Expansion project which will almost triple the dining space for the skilled nursing residents at Norwood Crossing. The project will also enhance the curb appeal of our largest building. Work is anticipated to be completed in early February. Everyone will have to be a bit flexible during the duration of this project, but we’re sure it will all be worth it!
Pictured: (top) our nursing building when it opened in 1977 and (bottom) how it will look once the expansion is completed.
The therapy and rehab department at Norwood Crossing did the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge today. At least the weather was nice! :) See the video here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=784589401592767&set=vb.124442114274169&type=2&theater
We are very privileged to support this amazing piece of Norwood Park! Each day, the Norwood Life Society Thrift Shop sells gently used items to help raise money for senior resources and programs. Staffed with dedicated volunteers, the Norwood Life Society Thrift Shop has been serving the Northside of Chicago since for over 25 years. Click the picture above to learn more about this great shop!
The Thrift Shop is located at 6017 N. Nina Avenue, Chicago. Visit their website at: www.nlsthriftshop.org
Had to share this great pic of our volunteer director (Kate, pictured in the light blue) and some very dedicated volunteers. If you live in Chicago, love working with seniors, and have some time to give back we highly suggest you visit the norVOLution website and fill out an online application. You won’t regret it! :)
A scene from our innaugural picnic way back in 1897. Click the picture to learn more about our rich history in Chicago.
"Once a Marine, Always a Marine" - Norwood Crossing Residents Pay Tribute to a Very Special Veteran
*this story was compiled by Jen Kirkpatrick (an Art Therapy intern at Norwood Crossing) and based on an interview that Jen had with Lucille in 2014, asking questions developed by resident participants in a weekly discussion club called The Porch Group.
(Pictured) (Left) Lucille in her Marine Corp uniform in 1945. (Right) Lucille enjoys the Norwood Park Memorial Day Parade in 2014.
Sargent Lucille Janssens served in the Marines during WWII in Washington DC as a Secretary who processed Officer Promotions from 1944-1946. When asked what life was like as a woman in the military at the time, Lucille replied, “There were 1,000s of women Marines during WWII, so it was very common for women to be in the service. I did not enlist in the Marine Corps until after the Pearl Harbor attack, because the Women’s Reserve did not begin until 1943.”
Lucille was motivated to join the Marine Corps because all of her friends were enlisting and so she decided she would too. She met her husband, Albert, in High School, who enlisted with the National Guard. When the Pearl Harbor attack happened he served in the U.S. Army. Lucille smiled as she told the story of when Albert was in Tennessee when Pearl Harbor occurred and he said, “Where in the world is Pearl Harbor?” She recalls that Albert served for exactly, “4 years, 8 months and 23 days”. Together Lucille and Albert have three daughters Helen, Carol and Alice; Helen is a math teacher in Chicago, Carol is a commander in the U.S. Navy and Alice is a Mechanical Engineer.
She also remembers many Norwood Park Memorial Day Parades. She was an active American Legion member for 20 years and helped with the paperwork involved with organizing the parade event, such as obtaining permits from the Chicago Police Department to use the city streets, contacting the Chicago Fire Department to be on alert during the event, and sending thank you notes to all the participants in the parade. Lucille now keeps her secretarial skills sharp as the new secretary of Resident Council.
At the conclusion of Lucille’s interview I asked her if she had any other thoughts she wanted to include and she said with great pride, “the Marine Corps is the best organization.” She also said that, “I have a lot of pride that I was able to be in the service”. She then turned around and headed towards a plaque that sits on top of her television which read, “Once a Marine, Always a Marine”.
Thank you for your service, Lucille!
Recently, art students from Taft High School in Norwood Park volunteered to paint the windows at the Norwood Park Senior Center. They visited different buildings in the area and sketched out designs before these creating beautifully-colored paintings. We were fairly partial to the one that they did of Norwood Crossing. :) Hats off to these creative young people! Click here or on the picture above to see some of their other works.
We’re excited to have Melissa Hajkaluk who oversees the Senior Fitness Program at Norwood Crossing, lead the next Timely Talk about home exercise. If you’re looking for some ways to improve your health and your physical fitness, you won’t want to miss this!
Full details can be found here: http://on.fb.me/1kdDzxQ
The Annual Norwood Crossing Spring Art Show and Musical Revue was a great success! Congratulations to all of the residents who participated and to the amazing Life Enrichment team at Norwood Crossing for facilitating such a great event. See the rest of the gallery here: http://on.fb.me/1nBDw4t
Norwood Seniors Network Client, Anthony P., Celebrates His 100th Birthday with New Teeth
Anthony had just got home after a two month stay at the hospital where he lost his set of dentures after the first week of being admitted. Months back he had a fall at home which required two surgeries and recovery time in rehab. Unfortunately his dentures were never recovered at the hospital, forcing Anthony on a liquid food diet for the last two months.
Anthony’s niece Sandy called Norwood Seniors Network (NSN) to find a live-in caregiver so when Anthony came home he would remain safe and a care giver could cook for him and take care of him when she wasn’t there. NSN arranged for a Dr. Dan Drach from InfiniD Dental Solutions, a home-visiting dentist, to come see Anthony as soon as he was discharged. Dr. Drach, who is part of NSN’s Community Partners Program, came to see Anthony the day after he got home. After visiting with Anthony and his family, Dr. Drach presented a new set of dentures to Anthony so he could begin enjoying solid foods once again. Bon appetite, Anthony! We wish you a Happy Birthday and many more to come!