Founder - Sunshine Home and Companion Care, LLC
I need to start off by saying that my mother was affectionately called Sunshine. We all called her Sunshine because when all of her grandbabies were little, she would rock them to sleep singing ‘you are my sunshine, my only sunshine’. Her grandkids grew up calling her Sunshine as a result of that and the name stayed with her even to this day.
Several years back before my mom went to be with the Lord, she was in and out of rehab facilities. During that time, I was with her every day that I was not at work. I spent a lot of time there and I am so grateful.
While I was there, I noticed that there were many residents that have no visitors ever. The only visitors they had were the nurse for the medication time of the day and the CNA to help them with their grooming and dressing in the Moring and evening, and the kitchen aid that delivered meals to the rooms for those who didn’t want to go to the dining room.
It was so sad for me to watch them all lined up in wheelchairs in the main room just to get a glimpse of life and activity, with still no family or friends coming by to visit.
When my mom passed away in 2016 I found that I missed the residents at the rehab facility that she used in the last 3 years of her life. I really missed these folks. On the day that I realized that I missed them, I realized that I loved them and my love for geriatrics grew more and more. With my heart heavy I realized that I had to do something. I contacted the facility and established a relationship with the activities director and told her that I wanted to do something big for them.
I started spending my free time just visiting the residents and it grew from there. This is where my ministry, Sunshine for Seniors Ministries was birthed. I decided that I wanted to do even more. I got permission from the facility and we planned our first Christmas event. I blasted Facebook and reached out for general gift donations. Then the facility gave me a list of specific wish lists and it grew from there. We received enough donations for 2 facilities, and it was amazing!
Year 2 we had enough for 3 facilities and the 3rd year (2018) we had enough for 5 facilities. This year we are on target for 7 facilities with donations already coming in.
Also we’ve hosted 2 Makeover / Glamour shot day’s in Oct 2017 and Oct 2018 and scheduled for Oct 2019. We have tons of volunteer hair dressers and make up artists come in and glamour them up and we have so many props and backdrops and professional photographers shooting the glamour shots that would bring happy tears to anyone.
Geriatrics is my passion and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.
Thank you so much