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Thursday, September 12, 2024

Making Days Brighter, One CMSS Resident at a Time

At CMSS, we believe there’s always a way to bring some joy into the lives of people around us. That’s why we started the Good Days program last year. The Good Days program is all about enhancing the lives of CMSS residents day by day and empowering staff members to add a personal touch to their caregiving.

It all starts with our Good Days fund, donations that are set aside for staff members to use for special gifts or outings for individual residents. Our staff members work very closely with residents and their families, and get to know each resident well. They can use money from the Good Days fund to create special moments tailored to each person. Past Good Days have included a special meal, a fishing trip and more.

These are two of our favorite Good Days from the past few weeks:

Lynn’s day at the museum  Resident Lynn celebrating Good Days at the Art Institute of Chicago

Lynn, a resident at Hartwell Place, is an avid art lover. She always stays up-to-date on the latest in contemporary art, and was immediately interested when she heard about contemporary artist Takashi Murakami’s popular exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art through September. As part of our Good Days program, Jay Evans, our Vice President of Operations, and Jenn Ross, our Arts Programming Coordinator, offered to accompany Lynn on a visit to the exhibit. Jay, Jenn and Lynn spent the afternoon downtown, viewing Murakami’s paintings and sculptures and enjoying lunch together before returning to Hartwell Place. It was a Good Day for all three of them! 


A taste of home

Peaches that staff gave to a resident for Good DaysDo you have a favorite food that you miss from your childhood or hometown? Nyomi, a resident of Covenant Home, asked staff members John and Carlos if they could find her some Colorado peaches. After finding out that CMSS’s suppliers didn’t carry them, John discovered that Nyomi’s favorite peaches were from Grand Junction, Colorado, which is where his brother and sister-in-law live! His family was kind enough to ship some peaches to Covenant Home so that Nyomi could have a taste of her favorite fruit. After trying one of the Colorado peaches himself, John can confirm — “They really are some of the best peaches that I have ever tasted.”

You can make the next Good Day happen. The average Good Day costs just $25. To fund one or more special surprises for CMSS residents, donate now with a note that you’d like your contribution to go toward the Good Days program.

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