Give to the Drew Foundation

Fundraiser planned at Rose’s Your Independent Grocer


Published on March 6, 2017

The beautiful gardens are a favourite spot on sunny days at The Drew.

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SACKVILLE, N.B. – Nestled at the side of the Sackville Waterfowl Park, and passed every day by people as they go to and from town, is the Drew Nursing Home.

The United Church Home For Senior Citizens comprises both the Drew Nursing Home (known to all as “The Drew”) and the Tantramar Residences (usually referred to as “The Cottages”). This non-profit organization has been serving families in the community for more than 61 years. In 1984 the Foundation was established to provide additional financial resources to support the organization.

The Foundation helps us maintain an environment that is welcoming to residents and their families, and also provides a safe and efficient work space for our staff. Linda Shannon

From March 13-27, Rose’s Your Independent Grocer, will be collecting donations at the checkout counters on behalf of the Drew Foundation.

Drew executive director Linda Shannon says the Foundation helps ensure The Drew keeps up to date with the best services, activities and environments for adults and seniors who need extra care.

“Not all of our expenses are covered by government funding,” she explains. “The donations collected help us to provide the “extras” to help take good care of our residents. The Foundation was started to support the other vital component to resident care – ensuring quality of life.”

The Snoezelen Garden, a multi-sensory environment that is especially soothing for people with dementia.
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Recent projects of the Drew Foundation include:

– Resident equipment, including a bathing unit and transport wheelchairs;

– 100 new resident chairs with wheels for easier mobility during resident activities;

– Summer camps for residents with disabilities;

– Educational opportunities for staff;

– Social and recreational activities;

– Interior painting of the main areas in the building;

– New outside building signage.

Shannon says, “The Foundation also funded major installations such as the Snoezelen room and garden.”

These are multi-sensory environments used for therapy, which are especially soothing for residents with dementia.

“We’re very focused on making sure The Drew feels like a real home,” she adds. “The Foundation helps us maintain an environment that is welcoming to residents and their families, and also provides a safe and efficient work space for our staff.

“We are blessed to serve such a welcoming and caring community. Almost every day there are volunteers at The Drew, helping with various activities for entertaining our residents. We have volunteers from the community, students from Mount Allison and school children… there is always something going on.”

She says to check the calendar on The Drew’s website (drewnursinghome.ca/calendar) to see what activities are planned, and to let the organizers know (activity@drewnursinghome.ca) if you would like to learn more about volunteer opportunities.

“We’re thrilled that Rose’s Your Independent Grocer has offered to help us not only raise money, but also raise awareness that there even is a Foundation for The Drew,” says Shannon, “and that the money raised goes straight to work here.”

If you would like to make a donation to the Drew Foundation, be sure to visit Rose’s Your Independent Grocer from March 13-27. For larger tax deductible donations, please contact the Drew at 506-364-4900.

A resident’s room at The Drew, designed to feel as much like home as possible.

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