Are you a glass half-empty or a glass half-full type of person? Do you think about what you can’t do, or do you look for new opportunities? While COVID impacts how we interact with each other, it has not impacted our commitment to enhance the lives of all we serve.
Alexander Graham Bell has been quoted as saying, “When one door closes another door opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”
The world has certainly experienced doors closing because of the pandemic. The Ohio Masonic Home has experienced closed doors as well. The way we interact with each other has been forced to change. However, our FOCUS has remained resolutely on those in our care. Consider the following:
A door closed when it was not possible to have group physical fitness on our campuses.
Leta, at Western Reserve Masonic Community, created an exercise circuit around the building where community members worked independently to complete a series of strength training exercises, while maintaining cardio workouts through walking.
Health and safety guidelines have impacted opportunities for service.
A door opened for community member Shirley and Chef Gary to create over 100 containers of apple butter to share at Browning Masonic Community’s outdoor Farmer’s Market.
Social gatherings have been difficult and community members can feel isolated.
A virtual door opened as families and friends were connected by tablets to see, hear and visit their loved ones.
The pandemic continues even today, and affects every part of our lives. The Ohio Masonic Home Resource Center is seeing an increase in calls from around the state concerning anxiety, stress, and abuse.
The door is open for the Resource Center to help individuals find solutions for their needs.
Your gift helps us to meet the increased expenses incurred across the organization due to the health crisis. Your generosity allows community members to pursue experiences that enrich their lives. You provide the means whereby dreams become reality. Please consider making a gift today to The Ohio Masonic Home Foundation, and help us continue to open new doors.
Brother Steven M. Petitjean