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Community Service Brings Jewish Home Residents and Crespi High Students Together

Recently residents of the Los Angeles Jewish Home shared music, card games, and conversation with over 60 students from Crespi Carmelite High School, a 4-year college preparatory school located in Encino. The school offers young men a Christian education in a Catholic environment. The students – all sophomores – spent time with residents of the Goldenberg●Ziman Special Care Unit and the Factor Skilled Nursing Building at Eisenberg Village as part of the school’s community service program, known as IMPACT week. “We take this time to give back to the community, which also provides great experience and an opportunity for growth for our students,” said vice principal Brian Banducci. “We enjoy seeing our boys rise to the occasion.”

Ann Sayre, a parent volunteer, accompanied one of the groups to the Home. “Unless they have elderly grandparents, it’s hard for the students to know what’s going on in this community,” she said. “Now they can see how helpful they can be and how much it means to the residents. With very little effort, they can make a difference in someone’s day!”

The students gave their visit with the Home’s residents a rave review. “We talked about our families, we sang together…it was a lot of fun!” said one student. When another student was asked what he learned from the experience, his answer was simple: “Patience” - a virtue we should all aspire to.

Resident Dorothy Marquis played Monopoly with some of the students. “They are so darling!” she exclaimed. “Spending time together gives them insight into the lives of seniors, and it made me feel young!”

Thank you to the students, faculty and parents of Crespi Carmelite High School including the residents of the Jewish Home as part of their inspiring IMPACT week.

To learn more about volunteering at the Jewish Home, please contact Stacy Orbach, director of volunteer services, at (818) 757-4442 or Stacy.Orbach@jha.org.

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