We are excited to announce our first Newsletter for Evergreen! The newsletter will be a monthly update for all of our residents and families to communicate the exciting news and activities concerning our community. It’s hard to believe that January has already come along, and the holiday season is behind us. As we begin this New Year, we look forward to getting to know our newer staff members. Leana, our Activity Director, is a recent hire who has already been able to implement a tremendous amount of new ideas that our residents love.
Over the last couple of months we have interacted with her and seen the positive energy she brings to the building! Tahni is our new Sales Director, and we are looking forward to helping her grow our Evergreen family. Recently we promoted our Med Tech Mele to be the community Wellness Director, and she has done a fabulous job keeping everyone safe, healthy, and festive. From Thanksgiving Dinner to December Holiday Festivities, we have spent time together with our Evergreen family, appreciating what we have despite the challenging times we are going through. We look forward to this upcoming year of 2021, which looks very hopeful thanks to the Covid-19 vaccine rolling out soon. We hope to spend upcoming special occasions together as a community, even having family members join in as soon as it is deemed safe!
Here’s what’s new at Evergreen Retirement Residence and we have planned for January 2021.
Hot Cocoa Bar
This year we baked, designed, and decorated a multitude of individually wrapped goodies in our Community Kitchen for residents and associates. From beautiful hot cocoa bombs, to chocolate dipped pretzels, to many flavored and textured mini cupcakes, to peppermint hot cocoa spoons – we had a lot of fun and hope you enjoy your holiday delights!
Spotlight on our Resident - Clair R., MFT
Clair is a retired Marriage and Family Therapist who continues to be a confiding source of comfort for both residents and staff at Evergreen. She was born in Los Angeles but grew up in New York where she attended a modern dance school and was a professional dancer for 15 years. Clair always had a natural gift at being able to understand and converse deeply with people, which lead her on her path to becoming a Therapist. She attended California State University Los Angeles where she obtained her BA in Psychology, then Azusa University where she obtained her master’s degree. She practiced at California Counseling Association (CCA) for 15 years in Venice, CA.
When she married, she had two daughters and a son. Her husband taught music at the local jr. high school, so her children’s upbringing included exposure to the arts and was filled with stimulating and creative activities. Her professional advice to those who may be having a difficult time keeping their chin up lately is to not be afraid to make connections with people around you. Do not be afraid to get close to others just because they may leave your life because to experience that is necessary and very healthy. This is excellent advice, and we love and appreciate Clair’s expertise on the subject. She also mentioned that her favorite part about Evergreen is all of the wonderful people she has met and made meaningful connections with since staying here.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day - January 18
Every third Monday in January we honor the American clergyman, activist, and Civil Rights Movement leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968). He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience. King has become a national icon in the history of American progressivism. Our community will hold programs engaging residents in Civil Rights history throughout the week to learn more about the movement and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Inspire Your Heart with Art Day - January 31
Art can move us to tears, or cause us to break out in joyous laughter. Transcendent art possesses the power to inspire our hearts. And just as art comes in so many different forms, there is an equally endless number of ways to celebrate it. This January through March we will examine the major artists and masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance. As art and science evolved throughout the fourteenth to sixteenth centuries, it was key to the development of the artistic innovations of the era. It will be exciting to explore the creations of Masters such as Fra Angelico, Donatello, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, and Titian!
Employee of the Month - Agabid Lopez, Chef
Agabid is our professional chef at Evergreen who is praised for his culinary masterpieces and kitchen managerial skills. He is from Honduras and was an elementary school teacher there for 12 years. He also dabbled in acting and guitar playing. He decided to join his brother in the US in the 1980’s and worked in landscaping while attending night classes to learn English. From that point on he established a life-long quality of being a “jack of all trades.” The passion that rose above all other careers was the culinary arts. He attended Le Cordon Bleu for 2 years where he obtained his Culinary Arts Diploma. There he learned how to bake intricate dishes, elegant food presentation, and teamwork in a kitchen under pressure. While attending Le Cordon Bleu, he was noted by his instructors for demonstrating excellent leadership skills.
After graduating, he began working in the restaurant industry, with an emphasis in fine dining, for 15 years. During this time he learned how to make exquisite international cuisine. He then worked in fine dining for seniors for additional 16 years. He has been a chef working in fine dining for over 30 years! Agabid’s wife, Maria, cooks for a Jewish family and came out with her own professional cookbook of traditional and unique recipes. Agabid and Maria have 3 beautiful, talented daughters named Jacqueline, Odalys, and Jocelyne. His oldest daughter, Jacqueline, is studying to be a chef just like her father. In the kitchen, his family likes to cook to music like classic rock n’ roll, cumbias and Merengue. You can definitely conclude that their family meals are an exciting compilation of such different culinary pieces!”
Evergreen Retirement Residence
Assisted Living and Memory Care in Burbank, CA
We’re a senior living community in the Los Angeles area, providing assisted living with a major focus on providing a warm, home-like atmosphere. Our location is ideal for older adults seeking a retirement setting that provides all the extra help that comes with an assisted living community, while retaining the feel of home. We’re ideally located in a residential area, with everything you may need nearby including shopping, cafes, groceries, and other attractions.
If you’re exploring assisted living options in Burbank or the greater Los Angeles area, please contact us to schedule a tour.
225 Evergreen St,
Burbank, CA 91505
Phone: (818) 843-8268