Winter has returned to the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania. We have already had a number of days where the temperature and wind chills were below zero. The changing seasons are just one of the many things we love about living in the Northeast.
As I reflect on 2016, I am pleased with the progress we have made in many areas. Our Day Services and Administrative offices in Tioga County have successfully moved to their new locations. We are still working out some of the new challenges; however, overall, it was a great move for our individuals and staff. We are planning to hold an open house this spring. We would also like to thank the Tioga County Commissioners for their financial support of this move.
The ICF residential home renovations in Troy were also completed this year. This effort allowed for the construction of three (3) additional bedrooms, which provided the extra space needed to have only two (2) residents per bedroom. There were other upgrades completed and the home looks and feels wonderful to the staff and residents. The initial phase of the Memorial Hall project was also completed during this year. A new handicapped accessible entrance to the lower level of the building was required in order to comply with new regulations. We have two remaining phases to finish this project. It is expected that these remaining phases will be completed this year.
It is also the time of year to reflect on the people that we lost this year. (Elise Bunn, Becky Van Alstine, and Monty Caldwell) Time continues to fly by as we celebrate their lives and their impact on all of us at Martha Lloyd. Many of our residents have spent their entire adult lives as part of the Martha Lloyd family. Examples like Penny, who has been here for 64 years, Lori has been here for 42 years, and Alice for 53 years have all contributed to the family life and atmosphere at Martha Lloyd. In addition, to the residents, their relatives have also played an important role in shaping the Martha Lloyd you see today. They often served on the Board of Directors committees, volunteered to help at the drop of a hat and were generally supportive of the changes that have occurred, although as we all know change is difficult. We found out recently that Florence “Frankie” White passed away at the age of 96 . Her daughter, Sandy, had been a resident of Martha Lloyd prior to her death several years ago. Frankie continued to stay in touch, contributed to our annual fundraiser, and wanted Martha Lloyd to be successful.
In closing, I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday filled with joy and happiness. If you ever need a reminder of how precious and wonderful life truly is, just stop by and visit with our family.
Yours in Peace!