Related: 40x40 List
Date completed: June 30, 2015 and ongoing monthly visits
Since joining our family in 2005, Stewie has brought so much joy to those who have met him. My grandparents were all able to spend time with Stewie and I'm thankful that I have a few photos of their time together. My grandma Sallie liked to feed him treats and I can still picture her shoving a cookie in his mouth at Christmas. My grandma Mary got a kick out of his puffy white head (very similar to her own hairdo!).
All of my grandparents lived in assisted living and/or nursing homes before their deaths. When visiting them, we often brought Stewie along. He was a great source of entertainment to the residents and I loved seeing their reactions to his lovable face. In honor of those meaningful times with my grandparents, I wanted to share Stewie's love with elders in my community.
I chose Mount Olivet Careview Home because it is just a short dog walk away from our home. I knew that if it went well, I'd want to return regularly.
After an interview, orientation, and background check, Stewie and I were cleared to start volunteering. During our first time at Mount Olivet, we were given a list of four residents who wanted us to stop by. We made our rounds and since that initial visit went so well, we try to get there once a month.
Because of privacy laws, I can't take photos of my new friends with Stewie. It's too bad because they look so happy with him on their laps. Most of the time we just talk about how soft and cute Stewie is but as they get to know me they've been sharing stories about the pets they used to have, their families, and life in Minneapolis.
I'd like to thank the Mount Olivet staff for making it possible for me to connect with your residents. Stewie and I look forward to many more visits.
The Nivens Family