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2014winterwindowA Message from Executive Director Joan Burkhard

Today we woke to a frosty morning after the first snow – summer and fall have disappeared so quickly filled with productive activity at Riverbrook. We undertook a facelift in the main house. We were gifted with new Country Curtains, furniture, a new outdoor swing and volunteer painting. We scrubbed and washed, installed a new shower, updated bathrooms and carpeting. We think the house looks beautiful and we invite you to come and see if you agree.

The summer also brought some challenges. Longtime Riverbrook resident, Joanne King, moved to live with her family. We are missing her playful spirit. We wish her all the best in her new home and hope she will come often and visit her friends.

On a beautiful, sunny day in August, our dear friend, Kate Ryan, died unexpectedly. Her New York family held a service for her and the Riverbrook community followed suit on September 9th, Kate’s 70th birthday. Two hundred and fifty people gathered to celebrate this remarkable woman’s life. The day was filled with tears, laughter and the many memories of Kate’s indomitable spirit. A poignant moment was shared by all as we released green balloons with Kate’s signature shamrocks and many loving messages to the heavens.

We are absolutely certain the clouds parted and our gifts were received. Personally, I found the experience filled with the love of community, the ability to comfort and be comforted, the warmth of the embrace of friends not seen for many years and an amazing celebration of the rich life that is Riverbrook.

We are looking forward to the winter holidays with happy anticipation of time to be spent with those we care about. We have been reminded of how precious these relationships are. May yours be filled with light and love.

Joan Burkhard
Executive Director

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