Haven Certified Nursing Assistant Carolyn Cruse-White and Haven Secretary Jennifer Johnson spent several weekends this summer refurbishing furniture and redecorating the front porch of the Haven Tri-Counties Care Center for patients and families.

This project was made possible by the Anderson family. Betty Anderson and her family made a donation in the memory of their loved one Georgia Bowman. The porch features several refurbished rocking chairs and a sign created by Haven Registered Nurse Keisha Holcombe and her daughter that reads, “We are all just walking each other home.” In addition, the porch now features a plaque that reads, “In Loving Memory of Georgia Bowman.”

Several members of the Anderson family were on hand for a ceremony held recently to commemorate the newly redecorated porch. “It means a lot to me that they have a very warm and comfortable place for visitors to gather,” said Bowman’s daughter Betty Anderson. “It is a very nice place to sit and talk. I know my mother would be pleased.”

The opportunity to refresh the front porch of the care center also meant a great deal to staff members like Jennifer Johnson who worked with Carolyn Cruse-White to refurbish the chairs and oversaw the porch redecorating process. “A lot of people from Chiefland grew up using the front porch of their homes as a gathering place for families,” said Johnson. “We hope that making this porch an inviting and welcoming place will provide good memories for our patients and their loved ones,” she said. “We also wanted to let the Anderson family know how much we appreciated the kind donation by dedicating the porch to their loved one.”

“Haven was very accommodating when they cared for my mom,” said Anderson. “They made sure we had plenty of room so that our large family could come in and visit with her when she was awake. I thank God daily for Haven and this facility.”