by Ozzie Nogg
Walk through the doors of the Sports Lounge at the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home and you’ll find yourself in the facility’s center courtyard — an outdoor area where residents, their families, visitors and RBJH staff can enjoy the fresh air. With the recent addition of a heavy-duty electronically controlled awning that blocks the sun, opportunities for a comfortable summertime outing have increased. The awning was a gift to the Home from L.O.V.E (League Offering Volunteers for the Elderly).
Over the past forty years, the sole purpose of the L.O.V.E. organization has been to raise funds to purchase specific items that improve and enhance the lives of Blumkin Home residents. “The old awning in the courtyard was badly damaged, and a replacement was #1 on the RBJH wish-list,” said Josh Gurock, Director of Facility Services at the Blumkin Home. “L.O.V.E. gifted us with $10,000 they raised this year, allowing us to buy the new awning, which is on a timer and can cover a large portion of the courtyard patio seating area. It has a real WOW factor and is in almost constant use.”
According to Lois Wine, Director of Volunteer Services for the RBJH, funds raised by L.O.V.E. support many special projects that benefit residents of the Home and their caregivers. “Federation CEO Mike Silverman and RBJH Assistant Administrator Michael Schop draw up a wish-list of needed items,” Wine explained. “In recent years, generous donations from the community have enabled L.O.V.E. to purchase a portable induction cooktop system, a crash cart with defibrillator and computers for the med carts — all of which make life at the Blumkin Home more enjoyable and more efficient for our community members who live there and for the staff who care for them.” Monies raised by L.O.V.E. also underwrite social activities including sing-alongs, bingo games, a quilting group, discussion sessions, tea time, movies, arts and crafts, attendance at cultural events, holiday celebrations and birthday parties. “Residents especially enjoy a trip to the Gift Shop on Main Street to pick out a birthday gift,” Wine said. “All this programming is made possible thanks to L.O.V.E. volunteers and the financial backing of the Omaha Jewish community.”
This year’s L.O.V.E. Membership Drive is now underway. “We invite you to support our efforts,” said Jim Wax, L.O.V.E. President. “The phrase, ‘All you need is love,’ truly reflects the importance of our work with the RBJH. We thank you in advance for your generosity and kindness to the residents and staff of the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home.” Membership categories include: $18 individual Chai; $36 couple double Chai; $75 individual benefactor; $150 couple benefactor; $300 individual life member and $500 couple life member. All donations are tax deductible. For more information, call Jim Wax at 402.393.4442. Lois Wine can be reached at 402.334.6519 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.