Creating Outdoor Moments
Tiffany has a lot on her plate, but that didn't stop her from making sure residents received a plate full of food and some good old fashioned fun on Memorial Day last week. Tiffany is a single mom with 3 children- a hard job in itself and most certainly amplified during the pandemic. She made the time to send handwritten invites to all residents in the shelter for a socially-distanced Memorial Day cookout, encouraging folks to contribute what they could to make for a special day.
With the help of her children and resident, Samantha, Tiffany set up a table for food and used chalk to mark a 6ft distance so residents could safely wait in line for food. They also wrote playground area safety rules, and set up gloves and sanitizer on the tables. Bette Gallogy, program manager of Shelter and Homeless Service, purchased a hose and sprinkler so the kids could cool off and play.
Residents enjoyed hamburgers, hotdogs, rice and beans, and chips. Beatriz Giraldo, a CCA Case Manager, brought a large pan of pasta. There was music and karaoke (sans microphone). Residents spread out across the parking lot, the playground and the basketball court, but still enjoyed each other's company. Benson Adenodi, the nights and weekend Supervisor, also monitored to make sure people were practicing social distancing.
Said Bette Gallogly, "It was a truly a day of community. There was such an air of festivity in the Shelter that day! It was great to see the residents excited about working together and sharing their food and games with each other. Tiffany showed us that even in hard times, we can lean on each other to create fun moments and continue meaningful traditions."