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ARKANSAS r,9 CATHOLIC April 25, 1998 Page 7 BY Jodie Hohn ~ , : ]ONESBORO CORRESPONDENT ,' i' " 'J, JONESBORO St. Bernard's'Village, a new retirement community, at 915 flldns Avenue in Jonesboro offers retir- ees a new way to live independently, but with the security of 24-hour assistance. Melissa Clark, village associate, said con- sttuction of the 17-acre retirement com- aunity is not complete, but people should be able to take tours beginning in May. %)ur mission is to take care of people from birth to death and this is an exten- Sion of that," Clark said, "The Founda- tion Board decided this was something St. Bernard's (Regional Medical Center) needed to do." thA retirement village is of interest to e COmmunity in general, she said. beThe community will offer one- and two- ttroom apartments, as well as studio aPartments. Also available are two- and three-bedroom cottages with a garage and porch. Clark said the apartments will all be opened at the same time. The cottages I light be opened a year later, she said. That depends on how much rain we get. has been our biggest hold up, Clark Laid. i St. Bernard's Village is scheduled to be open for tours in May. Depending on weather conditions, residents are expected to move in late summer. cilities, utilities, exterior maintenance, fire safety, an emergency call system and scheduled transportation. The fee also covers a resident association which will provide social activities and the use of all community facilities. The one- and two-bedroom apartments Clark said activities at the village and needs of the residents grow or change, Unfurnished and residents of the stu- away from the village will be planned by she said. ap .m'tments have the option of bring- the residents. Each apartment will have its own mail- lag their own furniture. Not only does the community offer a box, Clark said. The monthly fee includes laundry fa- comfortable living space, but it also will "We may get a new address for the include a library, chapel, craft room, ex- ercise room, beauty and barber shop, a country store and fishing pond. "To start off with the village will have approximately nine employees," Clark said, Others might be added as the village, but residents will have individual boxes all in one area," she said. She also said the foundation address, 915 Wilkins Avenue, will remain the same. Each unit is pre-wired for telephone and basic cable TV hookups. The heating and air conditioning are controlled by the resident. One- and two-bedroom apartment ser- vices include light housekeeping services, maintenance of apartment and furnished appliances, a continental breakfast and one meal daily and transpolLation to outings. "Studio apartments are for people who need help." Clark said. Residents receive three meals a day plus snacks. Weekly housekeeping services and a 24-hour staff are available for studio apartment residents. Clark said there is an application to complete and mail or drop off at St. Bernard's Village. She also said a $250 application fee is due when the applica- tion is turned into the office. When resi- dents are approved, they can choose their apartment, she said. At that time a $1,500 reservation fee is due. Clark said the reservation fee is put into an account that draws interest. When the resident moves into his apartment, $1,000 of it is the security deposit and the $500 plus interest goes toward the first month's rent. St. Bernard's V'fllage is an affiliate of the St. Bernard's Health Care network of services, Lewis" Untverslty"" students return to paint the town of McGehee .BYMa Be ....... Her delight with the students is evi- .._ ry th Blackmon ...... :":::: ::~f4~. ~.~ ..... ~tONTICELLO CORRESPONDENT g::~:~:::::~" dent, and it's obviously reciprocal one " .... % of the 1997 crew members even adopted _ McGEHEE __ The population of this : what she calls her "happy word" -- "My, -allr.Delta town grew by 25 people this - .... cma cl m thmtl Y d mgned a get-weU ,r, , with the arrival of "The Lew Crew : P two., More cards will surely pass through the fro The crew, one of three such groups rn Lewis University in Romeoville, Ill., ~a group of 22 students and three adult Pervisors fr .... - me Catholic liberal arts College. Students at Lewis are given the oPpOrtunity to do service work, and groups set out several times each year. The StUdents learn about a different part e COuntry, are exposed to another SOmething beyond their own expe- ce. And the people whom they help ~e fond memories of the crew mem- They have given of their time in Ap- in Monroe, La., where Father OFM, had been a pastor and principal before coming to in East St. Louis, Ill., where er Eaton's uncle is a Marianist in many smaller dots on the map help is needed. ago, Father Eaton, pastor of St. in McGehee and the mis- in Dumas and Dermott, had been of one of the program's or- Donna Quathmer, at a Catho- in his home state of Wis- connecuon between the town and the university 14-hour the northeast arose through their This is the second year that has been filled with a host bags at night while the schools, and hospital have been to the students by day. of the students worked in the A student (left) paints a door in the home of Ollie Fae Richardson, who lives in the Wolfe Project in Tillar. The Lew Crew Two (right) signed to their names on Ollie Fae Richardson's kitchen wall as a reminder of their visit to McGehee. emergency room and the physical therapy facility at the Delta Memorial Hospital in Dumas, and several volun- teered at the Dermott Elementary School. Most, however, did such things as basic home repairs, painting or install- ing railings for the elderly of Dermott, McGehee, and the Wolfe project in Tillar. For example, at the home of Bertha and Homer Cowen of McGehee, five crew members painted a storage/utility shed. Their predecessors on last year's trip south had painted the Cowen's bed- room and their kitchen ceiling. Since Mr. Cowen has suffered a stroke, some addi- tional household maintenance chores have fallen to Mrs. Cowen. The student helpers not only spared her numerous trips up a ladder, but also befriended Peanut, the couple's toy doberman. Mrs. Cowen said they "enjoyed them so much; they were such well-mannered children," and cooked up a spaghetti dinner as thanks for their efforts. Two of the nine crew members who worked on her home in 1997 returned to help Ollie Fae Richardson of Tillar this winter. Last year's crew painted her living room and kitchen -- and at her request, left their autographs on one of the kitchen walls. Richardson considers the students literally heavensent: One Sunday evening in February 1997, she raised her hands to heaven and said, "Lord, this kitchen needs paint." The next morning, the crew showed up, paint brushes in hand. This year, having buried her husband in the autumn and undergone surgery soon afterwards, Richardson was even less able to wield a brush though her bed- room was in sore need of paint. She said when the crew members ap- peared a few weeks back, they "just ca- tered to me, my little angels from God." mail before too long, since the Lew Crew members send thank-you notes to the people whom they have helped. They even have "personalized" cards -- in place of an individual name or a monogram, there is "Lew Crew Two" in handsome italics. Their visit to the Delta was more than just volunteer work; it was fun and edu- cational as well. The former mayor of McGehee, Rosalie Gould, filled them in on the history and demographics of the area, while a couple of the parish fami- lies hosted a catfish dinner at Lake Chicot. They also enjoyed a chili dinner at another parishioner's home, the spa- ghetti dinner with the Cowens, a pot- luck breakfast after Mass on Sunday, and a crawfish boil and fried turkey dinner at the parish hall the night before they left for Illinois. The memories they carry with them, of visiting a new area, of meeting and working closely with people of different backgrounds and faiths, will probably far outlast the paint and the spackle. Most members of Lew Crew Two are from the upper Midwest, though one is from Nige- ria. They are Catholic and Protestant. They are majoring in journalism and so- cial work, political science and theatre, medicine and education. And in a tape- recorded combination wrap-up and good- bye, they mention the welcomes they re- ceived, the hospitality, the food -- and their desire to come back again.