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Good Tidings

01. December 2013

Features, Agency Features, RP Home,


Title: Good Tidings Subtitle: News from the RP Home community Author: Laura Duncan Date: December 1, 2013

Leaving Self-pity Behind

The RP Home (RPH) is blessed with many who serve our residents with love, affection, honor and dignity. At any point in the day, whether in the nursing hallways, resident rooms, parlors or the chapel, one sees volunteers, friends and staff gathered.

Will Alexander is a seven-year veteran volunteer at the Home. Powered by a deep admiration for our elders, his mission is to help residents to be all that they can be. He does this by paying attention to “the smallest details of a resident’s life,” which means time spent listening, conversing, sitting together in silence or in prayer, playing and even dancing! In fact, Will has not missed an RPH square dance in six years!

An absolutely delightful person, Will is quite popular with our residents. He came to us at a critical juncture in his life. He had new and challenging health problems that initially caused great stress; yet he asked God for help in managing his problems, in leaving self-pity behind, and for the strength to move forward with purpose.

Will was not new to volunteerism. He had worked for stations WQED and WDUQ in Pittsburgh reading the Pittsburgh Post-Gazettenewspaper over the radio to the blind and disabled. He served as a radio announcer at a gospel station in Virginia. When Will returned home to New Castle, ...

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