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Mary’s Message: Independence

Dear Residents, Families and Friends,

Independence from COVID-19 is a beautiful thing! With our team vaccination rate at 99.58% and climbing, the Kensington Park Family is enjoying long-awaited freedoms at every turn. Thank you to all who joined us on campus for Father’s Day; everybody loved the bit of normalcy, and it was a perfect trial-run for our upcoming 4th of July festivities. We hope you can join us this weekend as we gather in small groups to celebrate our country’s Independence – and our own! As we continue to celebrate Kensington Park’s 10-Year Anniversary: A Decade of Our
Promise to Families, we will share stories that illustrate how our culture of family makes
such a difference in the lives of so many. This month’s story highlights a special project recently
created by one of our residents: “Keeping in Contact.”

Mary Ruth Farrell, Highlands resident and lifelong educator, felt a deep desire to reach out to former Highlands residents who had moved to The Woodlands, The Groves or even out-of-state communities. She wished to remain connected with these friends and neighbors despite the
distance. So, she invited current Highlands residents to meet in the bistro for an afternoon of letter-writing. A nice group of residents wrote several heartfelt messages on beautiful greeting cards, letting their friends know they were thinking of them and wishing them well. Mary Ruth even delivered the cards herself to The Woodlands and Groves, which brought the most beautiful smiles to the recipients’ faces. Longtime Highlands resident Bonnie Tyler, who recently moved to Upstate New York to be closer to her family, was incredibly touched to receive sentiments from her pals. Bonnie’s daughters reached out to our team to let us know how happy Bonnie was to hear about the latest happenings at Kensington Park. Keeping these inter-community relationships strong is a blessing and vital to the wellbeing of our residents, near and far! We send a special thank you to Mary Ruth for spearheading “Keeping in Contact” and are excited to see it continue.

In other news, we have welcomed back our volunteers who are fully vaccinated! Karen, our bartender and scrumptious cookie-maker, is thrilled to be spending time with our Woodlands residents again – and the feeling is mutual! Highlands resident volunteer Millie has returned to the Groves, giving love and attention to those most in need, and our neighborhood volunteer Cindy is enjoying programming again in the Highlands. And we love our ever-present volunteer Sandy for her amazing work with The Kensington Club, Adopt a Cow program and our vegetable garden.

So all in all, we love and appreciate our freedom and celebrate its return!