Though we are social distancing, we are still celebrating birthdays and being social at Genesis Village! Take a look at what our residents have been up to.
Socially Distanced Community
Love on our Residents with Special Easter Treats
A few months ago, Residents Phonsa & Yvonne approached our Life Enrichment Manager, Kate, with an idea for a project they were willing to oversee. Their goal was to bring encouragement to Residents and Staff by making special surprises or delivering treats, and they thought they would start with the Easter season. The “Genesis Uplifters” group was born and these faithful ladies gathered a few other Residents to help their cause. They diligently crafted bunnies made out of colorful washcloths for each of our Residents, topped off with a note of kindness and a chocolate egg! Not only that, but they also put together beautiful Easter baskets for our staff.
Phonsa & Yvonne said they hope to do these projects periodically as time and resources allow. We are so incredibly blessed to have such huge hearts in our community and willing hands to carry out the visions of others.
On behalf of the Genesis Village Residents & Staff, thank you all so much for your generosity and love!
We hope all of you had a blessed Easter! We had some fun later in the day where each resident and staff were able to put together their Easter Bunny name. This proved to bring much laughter and many smiles! We hope you get a kick out of these as well.
Visit our Facebook Page for additional Easter photos!
Instead of canceling our GV New Year's Party in January, we postponed it because we knew a time would come when we could celebrate 2021!
So, this weekend we did just that! With our safety protocols in place, we were able to kick off 2021 with lots of laughter, music, games, and more!
Happy "belated" New Year from all of us at Genesis Village 😁🙌🥂🥳
CONGRATS to our most recent "Kudos Jar" winners!!🙌
🌟Wanda was given kudos for always being so nice and cheerful. 🌟Deb was given kudos for her visits with residents, prayers, and delicious drinks she makes in our "Solid Ground" Coffee Shop.
Thank you ladies for all that you do to make Genesis Village the "Home Sweet Home" that it is💜💜
St. Patrick's Day was a blast at Genesis Village!
We had so much fun dressing up, acting silly, eating a delicious Jiggs Dinner prepared by our Chefs, winning prizes from the cute Leprechaun scratch-off tickets, and then we topped off the day with some amazing shamrock shakes 🙌😁🍀
"Spirit Week" was a blast last week at Genesis Village!🙌
We began with Active Wear Day as our Fitness Classes started back up💪, then celebrated the reopening of our Dining Room with a fun Hawaiian theme🌸, on Wednesday we all showed off our favorite college sports apparel🏀🏈⚾️⚽️, Thursday you were seeing double with Twin Day👯♂️, and on Friday we wrapped up the week by showing off our community spirit with our GV tshirts😄.
As always, we know how to have fun and keep life exciting for everyone😁.
Our most recent "Kudos Jar" winners are Marilyn and Judy!!
🌟Marilyn was given kudos for helping lead the phone prayer group for our community. 🌟Judy was given kudos for her cheerfulness and helpfulness.
Awesome job ladies and thank YOU for everything you do to make Genesis Village the 'Home Sweet Home' that it is💜💜
Genesis Village Friends,
We are so proud to have had the opportunity to facilitate a Zoom meeting with Resident Lorene Devine and members of the Parent Institute at Lourdes University to present a project that was started with funding provided by Lorene and her husband, Judge Andy Devine, who passed in 2018.
This project is in cooperation with Lucas County Family and Children First Council and the Parent Institute of Lourdes University and dedicated to Judge Devine & Ms. Marian Brannon. The group was led by Dave Kontur, Executive Director, Lucas County Family, and Children First, who started off by saying several of this group spent many hours around the Devine’s breakfast table over the years (eating oatmeal) and Lorene remembered that Dave likes honey in his coffee 😊 After his introduction, the presentation was then turned over to Dr. Mary Murray, Professor Emeritus, Bowling Green State University, and Dr. Mark Seals, Professor at Bowling Green State University.
The purpose was to bring Andy’s dream to life, and find out how they could make a difference. Andy stated in his 2014 book “Parents: The Perspective of a Juvenile Court Judge”: “If we can help parents get their kids off to a good start in life then everything else will follow.” The group used the Springfield Local School District as a model for the data and research gathering, providing surveys, parent-teacher workshops and district recommendations, and much more. They really dove into Parent-Teacher partnerships, gathering extensive amounts of information including how to improve decision making, gather community resources, and provide communication standards. With everything they collected and put into place, they were honored to be able to present it to Lorene, and thanks to modern technology, the Zoom conference made it possible for this to happen even in the midst of a pandemic.
Andy & Lorene Devine planted this seed with their generosity, and it was truly an honor to listen in and see what an amazing impact their gracious donations have provided.
“The family is the basis for our society.” – Judge Andy Devine
This past week we held another vaccine clinic where our residents were able to get their second dose. As always, we love to have fun and celebrate.😁
So, we embraced our theme "It Takes a Village" and we were all smiles!❤ We also raffled off Rosie the Riveter shirts. Pictures of the winners are attached along with some of the pictures during the clinic. To see all pictures, please click on the link below 😁. To view all of the pictures, visit our Facebook Page at: https://www.facebook.com/Genesis.Village.
We celebrated Valentine's Day this past week by enjoying all sorts of silly fun, giving Valentine's advice, passing out some special gifts, and more 😁❤
On Friday we celebrated January birthdays by delivering yummy cupcakes, cards signed by our staff, and of course, we sang to each person😁
Here are a few pictures we were able to snag while spreading some birthday joy throughout our GV community🎂❤
We are SOOOO excited to announce that we won the 5 Star "Best Senior Living in Toledo" award for the 7th Year in a row!!😁🙌🥳🌟
This award is based on reviews from residents and the community. We are beyond blessed as we are surrounded by the most amazing residents and staff. Our team looks forward to an amazing year providing a beautiful home filled with an abundance of fun activities, fitness opportunities, delicious meals, & life-enriching experiences for our current residents and all of our future residents that will be joining the GV community in 2021❤
Last Friday we were able to host a vaccine clinic for our residents and in true Genesis Village style, we made it a celebration!😁🥳
To view all of the pictures, visit our Facebook Page at: https://www.facebook.com/Genesis.Village.
Yesterday was "National Rubber Ducky Day", so in true GV fashion, we had to jump in on the silly fun😁
Throughout our common areas were 25 adorable little rubber duckies hidden and ready to be found by residents. We had a blast!🐥💜
This past week was SPIRIT WEEK at Genesis Village! We had a blast dressing up as our Favorite Pastime, staying comfy on Pajama Day, getting Wacky on Wednesday, showing off our ages a little more on Decade Day, and then topped it off by celebrating Elvis's birthday on Friday!
There were many smiles, laughs, and good times as always at Genesis Village!
I attached a few of the pictures to give you a glimpse of the fun, but below is a link to our Facebook Page so you can check out all of the pictures (over 75 and the email won't allow that many attached).
You can check out more pictures on Facebook.
As another year comes to a close, it brings a time of reflection for many. Just a little over 7 years ago, Genesis Village began with a massive facelift throughout the entire building that we purchased.
Below are pictures that capture the before and after of a few spaces in our community. Each day, we are not only thankful for the physical aspect of GV, but also for the many blessings that flow from our beautiful residents, their families, the volunteers, and our team. We are blessed.💜
Our most recent Genesis Village "Kudos Jar" winners are:
🌟Julie, who does a great job with housekeeping and always so pleasant😁 🌟Betty, who lifts up our staff with her kind words💜
CONGRATS ladies and thank YOU for helping make Genesis Village the 'Home Sweet Home' that it is!💞
Wishing all of our Genesis Village friends and family a very Merry Christmas!
We hope your day is filled with love, laughter, and peace💓🎄
Today we wrap up our "12 Days of Christmas" at Genesis Village! Oh, what fun we've had each day with these themes, the Grinch, gift-giving, our GV elves, and more!🎄❤
Day 8: "8 Maids a Milking"....enjoying our milk chocolate Hershey bars 🍫 Day 9: "9 Ladies Dancing" cartoon fun came our way👯 Day 10: "10 Lords a Leaping"....well, leaping frogs that is! 🐸 Day 11: "11 Pipers Piping" brought out everyone's crafty side 🤗 Day 12: "12 Drummers Drumming" with some delicious chocolate dipped drumsticks😋
This past month, our Genesis Village community has been incredibly blessed by others with MANY encouraging cards, delicious treats, and sweet gifts. These beautiful gestures have continued to lift us during this very different holiday season. We are beyond thankful for the outpouring of love and kindness❤🎄❤
Thank you to PENTA (Teri Swaisgood's class) for blessing us with all of the beautiful poinsettias, Toledo Christian Schools lower school students for making over 150 personalized Christmas cards for our residents, Northwest Ohio Nurses Association for dropping off Christmas gifts for everyone in our building, Kathy Heisinger for collecting donations and putting together gifts for many of our residents who need something extra special this year, and all of the amazing blessings from different individuals, families, and businesses.
YOU have made a difference in all of our lives. Thank you!❤
Our "12 Days of Christmas" at Genesis Village continues.....
Day 5: "5 Golden Onion Rings with Lunch"😋 Day 6: "6 Geese a Laying...in the Sun"☀️ Day 7: "7 Swans a Swimming....in the Genesis Village Pool!"🦢🤣
Never a dull moment no matter what the circumstances. Always having FUN at Genesis Village🙌🎄❤
Our "12 Days of Christmas" kicked off yesterday at Genesis Village! 🌟🎄🌟
On Day 1, the Partridge was out of town...but we replaced him with a festive Christmas mask for every resident & staff🎄
On Day 2, delicious Turtle Brownies topped off everyone's lunch😋🤗.
Yesterday was "Toilet Paper Appreciation Day"! We decided since it is 2020, why not 'roll with it' and have some fun🤗. Everyone got a good laugh.....which is always needed during these challenging times our world is facing😁🧻😆
This Thanksgiving is much different than others, but we hope you are still able to take time today to remember all of your blessings. At Genesis Village, we are incredibly thankful for our precious residents that we have the privilege of serving and showing love towards each day.
We are blessed.
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Genesis Village!
Each month we draw 2 names from the Genesis Village "Kudos Jar". This jar is full of notes from staff and residents giving kudos to those they see going above and beyond. Our most recent winners are Jamie and Nancy!
⭐Jamie was given kudos for all of the different ways she is helpful throughout our community. ⭐Nancy was given kudos for checking on a fellow resident and her helpfulness.
THANK YOU ladies for helping make our GV community the Home Sweet Home that it is.
This past week, we had the privilege of celebrating Veterans Day at Genesis Village❤ We were blessed with beautiful weather, so we could hold a small and socially distant outdoor ceremony honoring all of our GV Veterans who sacrificed so much for our freedom.🇺🇸
We wore our GV "Thank a Veteran" T-shirts all week supporting these brave men and women!
Each Veteran was presented with a beautiful Veterans Flag gift donated by Hidden Beauty and Tim Hortons provided 160 four packs of donuts for our GV residents! We had a blast making our very own "Tim Hortons Drive-Thru" and passing the donuts out to all of our residents😁
The national anthem was sung by the very talented Stephanie McGee McCormick, we had a very moving 21 gun salute tribute, and a beautiful presentation was given by Master Sergent Steven Kocinski, United States Marine Corps RETIRED.🥰
You can check out more pictures from this day on Facebook.
Last month we were able to safely start-up our monthly "Connected Care" events again at Genesis Village😁
Each month we talk about a topic that our residents want to discuss and find out more information on. This group always has a good time with many laughs, informed discussions, questions, and top it off with some yummy snacks and a gift card drawing!🙌 Attached are a few pictures capturing this enlightening event for our Genesis Village residents.
Throughout 2020, we have all needed a lot of laughter and silliness🙌 You can count on our Genesis Village crew to make that happen....a lot! Monday was one of those days filled with many laughs and silly moments😁
We LOVE having fun and bringing smiles to our resident's faces❤ Check out our Facebook link for this post!
As always, many smiles and an abundance of laughter was taking place at Genesis Village!
We were able to safely enjoy the Halloween season and still have a blast by dressing up, proving that we can play the pinata game like pros, show off our trivia knowledge, and much more! See all of our Halloween photos on Facebook!
Our most recent "Kudos Jar" winners are Tom and Kim!😁
Tom was given kudos for leading our communion services and his willingness to help. Kim was given kudos for always willing to help out and filling in when needed.
Congrats you two for helping make Genesis Village the 'Home Sweet Home' that it is❤
The Genesis Village volunteers are a huge part of our community❤ Due to current restrictions, they haven't been able to volunteer the last handful of months. It was so heartwarming to deliver a personalized card from our team and delicious mini apple pies to each volunteer this past week. We wanted to make sure they know how much we miss and appreciate them🥧
This month we were able to be part of a zoom call between GV Resident Randy Mills, his brother-in-law GV Resident Scott Foster, their family, and the staff at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. The purpose of the call was to surprise a staff member with a scholarship that was started by Randy in honor of his wife, also Scott's sister.
"I started a scholarship endowment in 2018 called The Sweet Caroline Elizabeth Foster scholarship in sponsorship with The Miami Valley Hospital Foundation. When Caroline and I were married six years in 1981 with two daughters ages 5 years old and 6 months old she got a rare form of leukemia and was given only six weeks to live. Hospice was called in. But she fought like the dickens to live knowing I would never be able to raise our daughters on my own. She survived and in 2010 she was recognized as the Foundation's Survivor's Champion of Hope. I started this scholarship which will be continued annually long after I pass."
This year's recipient is Angel Shumaker, an ER Nurse at Miami Valley Hospital. Angel will be attending Cedarville University with a new focus on geriatrics and home care! We are so proud to know Randy and have him as part of our GV Family. Our Residents make a difference!
It was a beautiful day yesterday for the "Oak Openings Tree House Tour"!
We had a blast! 😁
The Library of Congress had the privilege of interviewing our amazing Genesis Village resident, Jack. He talked about his service as a Marine in WWII along with many stories and heartfelt moments from other times of service ❤ At GV, we are incredibly proud to support and recognize our veterans who gave so much for their country. We are forever thankful for your service and sacrifice!
Our most recent GV "Kudos Jar" winners are...
💜Katelyn, who is always diligent, mindful of the residents' needs, cheerful, and goes out of her way to help everyone's request. 💜Lorene, who provides so much help in the library. Thank you ladies for making Genesis Village so amazing each day!😁
The cozy side of Spirit Week kicked in yesterday with our "Fall Flannel Day"!🥰🍂
Spirit Week got a little competitive yesterday at Genesis Village with "Jersey Day"! Everyone had a blast showing off their favorite team😁
Spirit Week continued yesterday at Genesis Village with "Tacky Tourist Tuesday"! 😎👒🏖✈
Yesterday kicked off "Spirit Week" at Genesis Village!😁🙌 Monday's theme was "Gray Day". Got a case of the Mondays? Wear anything gray!🤗
What a sweet surprise to see this uplifting message the Maumee Senior Center is displaying right now! Thank you for your kind words. We love working with you and so many others in our community to help make retirement years simply amazing ❤.
One of our resident's grandsons, along with other boy scouts from his troop, raised funds to donate a cabinet, games, card shufflers and batteries for our Life Enrichment resident activities. They also built the canopy outside in one of our courtyards😁 This group of young men worked very hard and we are incredibly thankful for all they did for GV!❤
Our Genesis Village Garden is a beautiful addition to our senior living community that you can view from our newer deluxe studios & a variety of our south wing apartments, or while enjoying a delicious breakfast or savory gourmet coffee in our "Solid Ground Cafe". Many also enjoy the garden view while taking a stroll through our garden walkway on their way to enjoy a homemade meal in our spacious dining area☀️😁
Yesterday, Deb and Julie helped everyone beat the heat by serving some delicious frozen beverages in our "Solid Ground Coffee Shop" that residents could pick up and take with them!😋
Our most recent Genesis Village "Kudos Jar" winners are:
Jackie, who went above and beyond helping out a resident and doing an amazing job at our Front Desk. Norma, who helps regularly in our GV garden!
Thankful for these amazing ladies at Genesis Village that make it a Home Sweet Home💓
We are excited to announce that for the 5th year we won the Mature Living Reader's Choice award for "Best Senior Living Community" and this year we also won an award for one of the best "Pools"!🙌
Thank you Northwest Ohio😁
We feel so blessed at Genesis Village! A HUGE thank you to Dana Mathewson - State Farm Agent - who provided lunch from Sabas Bistro for our entire staff yesterday!! You guys are amazing💓
Proof that even with a mask on, you can still see the smiles on our faces and have a good time.
I had fun delivering some delicious Genesis Village mini cherry pies to a number of people in our community this week😁🥧❤.
Have a great 4th of July weekend everyone!🇺🇸
We want to give a shout out to these awesome GV staff that work hourly each week! They had perfect attendance for 3 months straight🙌. We are thankful for such an amazing team😁
Attached are some pictures I was able to snag during the Genesis Village lunch we provided for our staff and medical onsite ProMedica staff today. It was pretty busy a few different times during the 2 hours, so I took as many as I could when I wasn't refilling food and passing gifts out.
It seemed like everyone enjoyed their delicious food and new GV lanyards & totes! You guys work hard and we appreciate all you do❤
One of our newer staff shared this with a few of us while she was getting food, so I wanted to pass it along:
"I have to tell you guys that this is the best place I've ever worked. It is so rewarding here. I'm really proud to work here."
Have a great rest of your day and thanks for enjoying lunch with all of us earlier☀️
While working yesterday, I dressed the bears and this impromptu fun began....
Our GV mascot, Teddy, and his lady are sporting our new Genesis Village "Stronger Together" shirts! These two attracted quite the 'socially distanced' crowd which turned into an impromptu photo shoot📸.
Such a fun afternoon we had!!😁❤
(If you look carefully, you will find two new additions to Teddy's family😉)
Every year the Girl Scouts donate a truck load of GS cookies to Heroes In Action. HIA then packs and ships them out from Genesis Village to the troops overseas! Thank you to both organizations for loving on those who sacrifice so much for all of us. ❤🇺🇸
Tonight a few of our residents were out taking a stroll through the GV garden and enjoying the view.
Each month, in true Genesis Village fashion, we load up our cart with delicious cupcakes and buzz through the halls singing 'Happy Birthday' as loud as we can to our amazing residents and staff who gained another beautiful year that month. Lots of laughter and silliness are usually a large part of this parade through the GV building. Happy Birthday to all of those who celebrate this month! You are loved.
See all May Birthday Photos on Facebook
Zoom continues to keep our residents and their families connected through the current circumstances. Another silver lining we found is that it has also opened a new opportunity for residents to see family that are even further away....like Russia and New Zealand!
Such amazing and precious moments!
We had the privilege of providing lunch that was delivered to over 100 Kingston of Perrysburg staff today! It was a true blessing for us to show a little extra kindness and love to a fellow senior community during this time
Below is a picture their team sent us along with an email that said:
"The pizza was fabulous and thank you for your thoughtfulness and kindness! GV Rocks!"
He has become our "not so little" GV mascot during quarantine. He likes to hangout in random spots throughout our building and you just never know where you will find him.
A HUGE thank you to PENTA for donating hanging baskets, potted plants and individual plants to Genesis Village today!!!
We would like to give special recognition to PENTA staff, Teri Swaisgood (Penta Horticulture/Landscape Management lab) and Rachel Bernhard (Penta Assistant Supervisor of Student Affairs), for making this happen.
See all of the photos on Facebook
Today some our staff hand delivered flowers to our GV residents for Mother's Day!
This past week was our GV Spirit Week!
It was filled with crazy hair, favorite baseball teams, wild & wacky mismatching, pajamas, and some Cinco de Mayo fun.
Check out the link below to see and share with your friends all of the pics
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Our fellow health care workers need some extra kindness during these very challenging times. Thank you to our GV owners, Jim & Cheryl, for the idea to give back and to PizzAroma for collaborating with us to deliver delicious pizza and chef salads from Genesis Village for the staff at The Lakes of Monclova today!
We are stronger together.
As many of you know, we LOVE pets at Genesis Village and they are a huge part of our resident and staff's daily lives.
This past month, our GV staff submitted photos of their pets and our residents had to guess which pet belonged to each staff member. It was such a fun contest!
Beth, our GV resident, won the contest and Ashley, our GV staff member, had the most correct guesses matching her with the correct pets.
View Additional Pet Photos on Facebook
Even in the most challenging times, it is important to remember what we are thankful for.
Today was a blast celebrating the Genesis Village April Birthdays! We were able to serenade everyone outside their apartments, offices and in the lobby.
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Our GV residents surprised the staff with this picture collage.
They wanted to recognize and honor our staff while showing their appreciation, love and thankfulness for everything that the whole team is doing.
We have the BEST residents!
So many of our GV residents have been chatting, catching up and laughing with their families via "Zoom at Genesis Village" during this quarantine.
All of the smiles and love during these special moments have made so many hearts happy.
Some of our awesome GV residents have spent their time making masks to donate to the Toledo Clinic Cancer Center along with others in need right now. Thank you ladies!
Our GV residents do an amazing job at encouraging and keeping all of us laughing.....even during these crazy times.
That includes making light of the toilet paper madness and encouraging us with notes like what Pat's says: "Under the circumstances you seem to be handling things fairly well!!!"
Families and kids from the community warming the hearts of our residents and staff with beautiful art and messages this weekend