“View your pressures no longer as burdens but as a platform for His glorious sufficiency.“ (Clarence W. Jones)
Dear family and friends,
It has been a while since I last wrote. It is difficult to come up with something to say when things have not really changed much in the past months and months. Even so, I have a few things to share. Everyone around here knows that when you see Brad walking to and from work, or somewhere on the property, he has a camera around his neck. I have heard it said, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” I hope you enjoy these 2 photos that I have included.
I am thankful that our volunteers have arrived from colder places up north. I now have several ladies who are helping me out in the housekeeping department. Cindy, Janice, and Pat are all helping to meet the needs here. Lee is a local volunteer and comes over from the eastern shore of Florida. LaVonne, who is a retiree living on the property, helps with the laundry. We also hire Sarah, who is a teen from the local area. What this means is that I am doing more supervising and less actual cleaning. I must keep in mind their work schedules (1 day a week, 2 mornings a week, 3 mornings a week, part of 3 mornings, 5 mornings, and 1 or 2 afternoons). Some of these dear workers have the clearance to work in Assisted Living rooms and others are limited to those in the independent sections of the building.
We do between 30 and 40 loads of laundry a week. I take inventory regularly and order and put away cleaning supplies, toilet paper, paper towels, etc. Checking in with those who are working, passing on information to our nursing staff, keeping our administrator in the loop with things he should know, working through any complaints, suggestions, dealing with personnel issues are all part of my responsibilities. Let’s just say, I keep quite busy. Please continue to pray for 2 new staff ladies who could each work 20 hours a week. This would considerably simplify things in my department.
We have 3 bridges here on The Homes Property. These bridges are for foot traffic as well as for our golf carts that are used by maintenance staff and grounds crew when going from place to place. These 3 bridges were built 25 to 30 years ago. Last year the bridge to Panama Place and Paraguay Court was rebuilt. This winter there are plans to rebuild the bridges to Columbia Court and Brazil Court. These projects are done by teams who volunteer to come and help us out by doing the work. In late February and early March, we have a team coming for a week from one of our supporting churches, the Needmore Bible Church in Pennsylvania. Our maintenance men are in the process of ordering and preparing the materials, getting building permits, etc. for this project. Once the team arrives, they will get right to work. I have included a photo of the Brazil Bridge as it looks now. I will be sure to include a photo once the work is completed. We are so thankful for the folks who take time out of their busy schedules to help our retirement community in this way. Please pray for their safety as they travel, work, and get a close-up view of the ministry here at the Homes of Ethnos360.
COVID shots/vaccinations are now available to our staff and residents. Thankfully, clinics have been in our chapel and our folks have not had to go out to get their shots. Some have already had their 2 shots and 2 more clinics are on the calendar for the coming weeks. We are hoping that things will open-up a bit in the Latham Center after the second shot and immunity is built up. It has been very difficult for those who have not been able to see family members and visit with them in person. We have had some cases of COVID on the property among our staff and retirees. We are happy to report that so far, the recovery rate has been excellent. There have been many who have had to quarantine because of encountering someone who has tested positive. Please pray for the health and safety of our elderly population.
“The crucial thing is to be a partner in missions wherever you are.“ (Stephen Gaukoger)
Thank you for your partnership in the gospel.
By His Grace,
Brad and Wanda Hull
Serving the Lord at The Homes of Ethnos360 – Sanford, Florida