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Student Volunteers at Springhouse

by / Monday, 09 January 2017 / Published in News/Blog

Now that the school year is in full swing, Springhouse is happy to welcome back several groups of student interns and volunteers as well as a few new ones!

In addition to weekly visits by Simmons College Nursing students and Japanese students from SHOWA University, Springhouse is honored to welcome two Social Work interns training in the Geriatric Social work field who will remain with us throughout the 2016-2017 academic year.

Kasey Howard is a first year Social Work Graduate student from Boston University. She is originally from New York. She is excited to be here at Springhouse. Anne Marie Dolan is studying at the part-time program at Boston College School of Social Work. Anne Marie is from the Boston area. Springhouse is lucky to have these interns two to three days a week. They will spend time meeting with residents individually and Anne Marie will assist many groups in our Assisted Living Community.

As you may know, Schweitzer Fellow, Marbury Jacobs, of Tufts University is continuing her Garden Club at Springhouse through out the fall and winter, with a new emphasis on indoor programs as the colder weather approaches. Tufts recently featured a story about Marbury, and her work at Springhouse on their website. You can read it and learn more about what the Garden Club has meant to our residents here: A Garden To Remember.

Allen House residents have already enjoyed their first monthly visit with the Students to Seniors volunteer group from Northeastern University. Both the students and residents got together to create beautiful fall flower arrangements for https://mlsvc01-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/340c24da001/65e838b9-3fb4-4f1c-bc1f-20282c1bfc7b.jpgthe Allen House Dining Room! The Students to Seniors group will continue to visit throughout the year and will join the Allen House Residents for seasonal group programs such as pumpkin decorating and carol singing.

The Students to Seniors visits have been so well loved by both the students and residents, a second group from Northeastern University have asked to volunteer! In November we’ll welcome the students of Nu Rho Psi, a national neuroscience honors society, to visit with our Allen House residents.  As these students are studying neuro-degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, they are interested in understanding how the disease impacts people on a more personal level. The students are also excited to have the opportunity to give back to the greater Boston community.