ADSC Thanks First Responders with Coffee and Artwork
A DCHS CONNECT FEATURE
April 16, 2021--This month, Adult Day Services Center (ADSC) staff and participants shared their appreciation for the City’s first responders by giving out free cups of coffee, artwork painted by an ADSC participant and thank you cards from ADSC participants, their caregivers and Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) staff.
Every Friday of the month, staff and participants are presenting the artwork and coffee at the Starbucks at 540 North Henry Street, which donated the beverages. Recipients include representatives from the Alexandria Police Department, Office of Emergency Services, Alexandria Fire Department and the Alexandria’s Sheriff’s Office.
ADSC, which offers services and support to seniors 55 and older, began the project last fall by presenting artwork and thank you cards to essential workers at local long term care facilities, including Envoy Rehabilitation Nursing Home, Sunrise Senior Living and Hermitage Northern Virginia.
The project is coordinated by Therapeutic Recreation Leaders Jackie McCord and Angela White. Over 60 pieces of artwork were painted by ADSC participant Karla Kombrink.
Terri Lynch, director of DCHS Division of Aging and Adult Services expressed her heartfelt thanks to the ADSC staff organizing the project. "I know that it took a lot of thought and effort," she said.
ADSC staff also acknowledge Starbucks Manager Randee Vansion and her team for their support and contributions.
View a video of ADSC staff and Kombrink presenting the artwork to Fire Department representatives on The Zebra Press Facebook page. Photos from presentations at right are courtesy of the Fire Department, Police Department, Sheriff's Office and The Zebra.