Celebrating Tradition In An Unprecedented Time
DECEMBER 18, 2020
Hanukkah, the festival of lights, celebrates the resiliency and incredible faith of the Jewish community. After a difficult year, when it would be easy to retreat, the residents and staff at The Hearth at Drexel instead came together to create an incredible eight days of Hanukkah.
“We travelled to each resident’s room with a food cart to deliver a traditional meal of latkes with sides of sour cream and apple sauce,” says Ghislaine Cotnoir, director of Pastoral Care at The Hearth at Drexel. “Along with the snack, everyone also received a gel menorah for their windows, Hanukkah gelt, and a dreidel, helping to bring festive cheer to their homes.”
Due to safety guidance from the CDC, The Hearth at Drexel has postponed group activities in order to maintain safety. As an alternative, staff at The Hearth make regular visits to resident’s homes to bring meals, conversation, and cheer. Ghislaine, known fondly around the community as Pastor G, has been at the forefront of this effort.
Spiritual Care for Older Adults
Pastor G and the team at The Hearth at Drexel celebrate the faith of each resident in the community. Staff recognize that everyone who comes is making The Hearth their new home and neighborhood, and seek to make them feel as welcome as possible by celebrating their culture and religion.
“Visiting residents during Hanukkah especially has done so much good. We are all happy to provide the conversation, encouragement, and prayer,” Pastor G adds. “Residents talk about how this holiday season is different without the usual hubbub, but the creativity and care shared by staff have truly lifted their spirits.”