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Sackville and area residents urged to give to the Drew Foundation

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

Non-profit organization provides services for those who need care

SACKVILLE, N.B. – From March 17 to 23, Rose’s Your Independent Grocer, will be collecting donations at the checkout counters on behalf of the Drew Foundation.

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 63 years. In 1984 the foundation was established to provide additional financial resources to support the organization.

The Snoezelen Garden, a multi-sensory environment that is especially soothing for people with dementia.
The Snoezelen Garden, a multi-sensory environment that is especially soothing for people with dementia.

“As a non-profit organization, we depend on government funding as well as donations to our foundation to help us provide the best services, activities and environments for loved ones who need our care,” she explains.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.

In the past, the generosity of donors has allowed The Drew to purchase resident equipment, such as a bathing unit and transport wheelchairs, and to provide educational opportunities to the staff.

The foundation prides itself on enhancing an excellent quality of life for residents. From the home-like atmosphere to the beautiful landscaping and gardens, the foundation helps to make The Drew a welcoming and comfortable place to live.

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

These are multi-sensory environments used for therapy, which are especially soothing for residents with dementia. Foundation donations have, over the years, also contributed to the upgrading of the outdoor sitting areas that are very popular with our residents and their families in the summer and updating the respite rooms which are used by the community at large.

“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, and we are always looking for new initiatives.

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

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.“Over our past decades we have been fortunate to welcome members of the community, young people from our local schools and Mount Allison University students into The Drew as volunteers. Thanks to their support we have been able to host many different activities and entertainment for the enjoyment of all.”

“We want to again thank Andy and Roxanne Rose for generously hosting a fundraising campaign through their store. We are also grateful for the opportunity to increase the awareness in the community of the existence of our foundation and the good works that have been done thanks to the Foundation.”

If anyone would like to make a donation to the Drew Foundation, be sure to visit Rose’s Your Independent Grocer from March 17-23. For larger tax-deductible donations, contact the Drew at 506-364-4900.

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