Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Raise The Praise

This past Saturday evening, Jerry, Chris, Lydia, Jeff, Tracy, Tressa, Abigail, Rian and I met up with my friend Mike to attend the Raise the Praise benefit concert for Beverly Farm. On the last Tuesday of each month, I meet with other ladies in a needleworking group called Violet Threads, and we meet in the basement of Eden United Church of Christ. Each time we meet, I have the pleasure of hearing the Raise the Praise Choir practice in the sanctuary, and I usually sneak upstairs to have a closer listen. Since Mike helps in directing the choirs at the church, he told me about the concert, and I am so thankful we were able to attend. Not only were we able to hear beautiful gospel music, we were able to learn more about a valuable organization within our community. In between the solos and choir selections, choir members who work at Beverly Farms recounted touching stories about the special residents.

Description from the Program:
Beverly Farm, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is a planned community designed to enhance the lives of residents, develop their life skills, and provide the required medical care and a variety of therapies. Situated on 220 acres with an abundance of green space, Beverly Farm is a pleasant place to live and work for adults with developmental disabilities. Beverly farm strives to make the environment feel like home to their residents - in face, better than home in many ways. With planned social activities, comfortable housing, and unique recreational facilities, Beverly farm is as much about quality of life as it is about quality of care. Our Mission: We are her to provide a loving, caring home for adults with developmental disabilities, providing each individual with physical and emotional security and a dignified quality of life, with opportunities and challenges, within each individual's functional capabilities.

Already, I can't wait for next year's concert and to learn more about Beverly Farm.


lydia said...

I really enjoyed the concert. The music was great and the little stories about Beverly Farms were sweet. I can't wait to go again next year!

Other Mother said...

The concert sounds wonderful, and Beverly Farms sounds like a great place. I'd be interested in learning more about them. I'm glad you could go, and share it with us.

strem said...

Lydia, I'm glad you liked the concert, and I hope everyone else did too. Hopefully, we'll have an even bigger group next year.

Other Mother, when I made the post, I thought of you... and thought you might like to know about the farm. I'll try to get more info and send it to you. Happy Thanksgiving!