Westlake, Ohio — A recent article in the local newspaper disclosed that the Knickerbocker Senior Apartments, located in Bay Village, is in desperate need of funding to remodel several areas of the building. The thirty-five year old facility, particularly the kitchen, is outdated and not feasible to provide meals for residents.
Due to the non-workable kitchen, Anne Naumann, Director of West Shore Senior Center, is doing anything possible to provide food for residents. She has been serving residents prepared meals bought from a restaurant supply house, as well as donated food. "Our kitchen is outdated and we need to bring it up to a level sufficient to serve our residents," said Anne.
After being alerted the circumstances, St. John Medical Center reached out to the residents by donating meals to the seniors.
Representatives of St. John Medical Center visited the Knickerbocker and hand-delivered sixty- five boxed lunches prepared by Hospital Nutritional Services staff. Anne Naumann, along with other staff members of the Knickerbocker, welcomed the representatives with open arms and were extremely grateful for the hospital's generosity. "Everyone was absolutely thrilled," exclaimed Anne about the donated lunches. "For many of the residents it was completely unexpected and it helped us out tremendously."
According to Sister Judith Weirick, IHM, Vice President of Mission Christian Ministry, “serving others is who we are as an organization.” She adds, “Assisting the residents of the Knickerbocker reinforces our mission and core values, which stress reverence and respect of human life and the dignity of others.”
The Knickerbocker staff hopes more people in the community sympathize with the need for aid and are as generous as St. John Medical Center. “What a wonderful gesture from St. John Medical Center,” said Anne. “It meant so much to the residents.”