Friday, April 1, 2011

The Last Supper With Fellow Work Campers at Escapees CARE in Livingston, TX

Work camping at Escapees CARE in Livingston, TX this month (March 2011) was an experience that Chuck and I will always remember. It was not only a lot of hard work but we learned a lot about caring for the elderly who still love living in their motor homes and the feeling of independence they have while either staying temporarily or long-term, in order to recuperate from surgery or because they have lost their vision, hearing, or are in the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s. The work campers who volunteer at CARE are the core that brings this facility together. Without their services these residents would have to pay triple the cost, plus they would be unable to stay in their much loved motor home that they have traveled in for years either full or part-time. Escapees CARE is the only facility like it in the U.S.

I loved working with my group of work campers in March 2011 because we were all able to pull together and work not only as a strong team, but the bond and comradry we gained will forever stay in our hearts. As a symbol of working in the kitchen, our husbands wore special aprons that they promised to share with their spouses to forever symbolize their commitment to CARE during this month.

To further recognize our special team we treated ourselves to a T-Bone Steak BBQ dinner with all the trimmings, including dessert, as our final farewell to each other. Three of the couples will be coming back next year, but Chuck and I will be committing to other work camp positions during 2012.

Happy Trails!