Two wonderful volunteer groups came out to the Buena Vida Adult Day Center in El Paso and gave graciously of their time, energy, and talent by putting a fresh coat of paint on all the interior walls of the facility – not an easy task since painting time was limited to the weekends, when BV participants are at home or with their families. The interior walls have been transformed from light blue to a warm, cream mocha, and the residents and staff love it!
The painting team from Chenrezig Tibetan Buddhist Cultural Center was spearheaded by Helga Carrion, who also happens to be Buena Vida’s registered dietician. The group of eight brought ladders, tape, brushes and good cheer to the task, and prepped the Center for the project.
The second shift was comprised of 10 volunteers with the University of Texas at El Paso’s “Project Move” (Miner Opportunities for Volunteer Experiences), which was established as an annual one-day work day to provide students, staff, faculty, and alumni of UTEP with an opportunity to give back to the El Paso community through volunteerism. March 3rdwas the designated date for Project Move, and we’re so grateful Buena Vida was chosen for this much-needed project.
We love our Buena Vida volunteers!
The daytime residents of Buena Vida are seniors and disabled adults who require supervised care and health monitoring during the day. Half of the 75 or so daily participants suffer from Alzheimer’s or other dementia-related illnesses and about 95 percent live at or below the poverty level. An affiliated ministry of Lutheran Social Services, Buena Vida has operated in El Paso since 1975, and is the city’s only nonprofit adult day care center.
Look for more Buena Vida news and photos following our upcoming fundraiser, İCelebre la Buena Vida! on March 29th.