Peace Lutheran Church quilters piece together gifts for Willowbrook

Quilters from Peace Lutheran Church show some of the 50 quilts they presented during a reception at Willowbrook Terrace. Shown are Beulah Chaney, Sharon Schmidt, Roscella Beck, Roseanne Goade, Verna Johnson, Wanda Penner, Avis Larvick, Janet Beamer and Joyce McFarland. <BR><I>Photo contributed by Monica Hoffman</I>

Quilters from Peace Lutheran Church presented Willowbrook Terrace with 50 quilts. Monica Hoffman, activities director at Willowbrook, said the contribution gave Willowbrook Terrace an excellent start on the renovation of the suites residents primarily occupy who will continue to live at Willowbrook on a long term basis.

Hoffman called the effort a "wonderful outreach that will help to comfort the residents of Willowbrook Terrace in a home like atmosphere."

Beula Chaney, Sharon Schmidt, Roscella Beck, Roseanne Goade, Verna Johnson, Wanda Penner, Avis Larvick, Janet Beamer, Joyce McFarland, Rosemary Schuening, Barbara Schleede, Jessie Lapp Dagmar West and Hiroko Cannon were among the quilters from the Pendleton church that helped in the effort.

Willowbrook is in the process of a complete renovation to coincide with the culture change to resident-centered care. The decor will continue to change from a facility-wide general hospital feel to one that is based on the needs and preferences of each individual resident. Various Pendleton organizations are in the process renovating the 10 semiprivate rooms of the Medicare/rehab unit.

Willowbrook will decorate the remaining 20 rooms that residents primarily use on more of a long-term basis on the preferences of the residents and what they had in their homes before moving to assisted living facility.

"Such a large renovation project is expected to take a great deal of time to complete but the donation of these fabulous quilts has been an immense jump start," Hoffman said. "The quilts are a wide rage of colors and themes and the residents are really enjoying them. Residents who are sometimes more reserved with showing emotions couldn't hold back the delight they were feeling when receiving such a touching gift."

Usually Lutheran World Relief completes and distributes the nearly 200 quilt tops each year throughout the community that quilters of Peace Lutheran Church and others make.

"Peace Lutheran Church blessed the residents at Willowbrook Terrace with this wonderful gift of such beautiful quilts," Hoffman said. The reception was heartwarming. The difference a handmade quilt can make to someone is astounding."

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