Windemere’s Annual Fund

November 2018

Dear Friends,

When my husband Glenn applied for a job on Martha’s Vineyard in 1968 on a whim, I knew immediately it was an adventure we would never regret. We found our niche in Vineyard Haven – working, raising a family and developing friendships – making this community our home.

In 2009, my then 89-year-old mother, Norma Gaudreau, suffered a fall while living in senior housing on the mainland. We talked with doctors about whether she should still be on her own – she thought so of course – but we decided to bring her to the Vineyard to be closer to us and part of the community we loved.

Mom’s transition to Windemere was seamless. She adapted easily to her new surroundings by making friends and partaking in various social activities. Our days together were spent enjoying coffee in the campus gardens, exploring the extensive art collection and taking car rides with our family dog. The staff was wonderful in encouraging a meaningful life while receiving respectful, high-quality long-term care in a safe environment.

Looking back on my mom’s time at Windemere, it is the small things that I appreciate most – the care taken to paint her fingernails and how the janitors knew her by name. The Recreation team worked tirelessly to enrich the lives of residents by keeping them connected to their surrounding community with alpaca visits, “spring swing” proms with high school students, art classes, family gatherings, and even dining and dancing with the Coast Guard. There was compassion.

Just as we had joined the Vineyard community nearly 50 years prior, my mom had become an equally valued member of the same community within the smaller setting of Windemere. I realized then how uniquely woven we are in the fabric of this special Island. This thought was no clearer to me than when I joined my mom for a family dinner at Windemere. There I sat with her and fellow resident, Dr. Russ Hoxsie – the same respected physician who delivered our daughter decades earlier in the old, OLD hospital.

Although my mom passed away nearly 5 years ago, just shy of her 96th birthday, I still hold Windemere close to my heart by volunteering at their annual auction and remembering them in our charitable giving. Please join me in expressing gratitude for the care Windemere provides for our aging community members by giving to this year’s annual fund.

Warmly,
Marcella Provost

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