The presentation was made during the company’s annual management meeting at its headquarters in Cleveland, Tennessee.
“Volunteering is really great,” said Jim. “The staff is really great to work with, and we’re getting some very good relationships with the residents, which is really special.”
The couple began volunteering at Life Care Center of Littleton in 2016. Chris began meeting one-on-one with residents and assisting with the current events discussions. Jim joined her a few months later after retiring, and he also visits individually with residents as well as co-leading bingo, serving ice cream, filling in for volunteers who can’t make it to their usual activities and assisting with local school group visits. Both of them have also helped on outings in the community.
Chris started a gardening club at the facility, and under her guidance, residents have grown their own salsa garden, planted potted flowers and sanded and painted benches. She even recruited a friend to help with the club activities.
Chris has befriended residents with little family support and shops for them, helps organize their rooms and even brings popcorn and watches movies with them sometimes on Friday nights.
Beecher Hunter, Life Care president, shared: “Jim and Chris Stieler have set the standard for others in their commitment to making the lives of others brighter and more fulfilling. Their action and compassion inspires us all.”
The Volunteer Group of the Year Award is presented annually and selected from the best of every region and division within Life Care. Criteria include active, ongoing and hands-on service and raising community awareness of the Life Care center.