When Jennifer Porter joined her children on a school field trip to Northaven as a parent chaperone five years ago, she was hooked.
Phoebe (10) and Jimmy (12) attend Villa Academy, and Jennifer was able to join them on several additional trips to Northaven for a variety of activities, including singing to the residents. Jennifer found the community to be so warm, welcoming and helpful for the seniors that she wanted to volunteer.
“I love Northaven,” says Jennifer. “The staff is so caring and connected to the residents.”
“The kids and I have had so much fun getting to know residents and getting to know their history,” she adds.
In addition to being a mom of two energetic, growing children, Jennifer owns a children’s store, loves art and views art as a really fun way to connect with people.
Jennifer and her kids visit Northaven about once a month. Jennifer often leads a craft session to give residents an opportunity to work with their hands and use their imaginations to create with colors and textures. Both Jimmy and Phoebe play instruments, so they also bring along their sheet music, play the piano and share songs with the residents.
“In volunteering, we are just trying to share the value of community, especially with our elders who we can learn so much from and share with,” Jennifer explains. “It’s a shame how seniors get overlooked, and we can’t have that.”