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United Methodist Communities at Pitman to host its 14th Annual Car and Cycle Show on June 17

“Honk if you love cars.” The public is invited to attend United Methodist Communities at Pitman’s 14th Annual Car (and now Cycle) Show on Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 11am to 3pm. The “stars” of this much anticipated community relations event will be the approximately 150 vintage automobiles and motorcycles from throughout the region that will be on display.

During the free event, visitors young and old will be able to enjoy the cars, musical entertainment, judging as well as an award ceremony at approximately 2:15pm. Hoagies, chips and beverages will be available for purchase to visitors and car owners.

New this year, motorcycles will be introduced in the event with a separate award allocated to the most impressive cycle. Proceeds from this year’s Annual Car and Cycle Show will benefit the Fellowship Fund. The car show will take place in the back parking lot of the community which is located at 535 North Oak Avenue in downtown Pitman. The show will take place rain or shine.

“Our goal once again in hosting this event is to give our residents and their families an opportunity to spend time together. The car owners enjoy showing off their vehicles and nothing brings people together quicker than swapping car stories and memories. It is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon with Dad or Granddad,” said UMC at Pitman’s Director of Operations, Ebby Majd, who is the chairman of this year’s Car Show Planning Committee.

For more information about the upcoming car show or to register a vehicle please e-mail Ebby Majd at Ibrahim.majd@sodexo.com.

 

Bridges Comes to Pitman

What’s Your End-of-Life Plan?

Death in the American mind is something in the very distant future. Despite the fact that about half of adults say they have a friend or relative who has had a terminal illness or who has been in a coma within the last five years, only 30 percent have conversations with loved ones about their end-of-life wishes.

As a leading assisted living and nursing community in Gloucester County, United Methodist Communities at Pitman now offers another supportive option to people who cannot or prefer neither to receive hospice at home nor in the hospital. The newly-established Bridges at Pitman assists people to live out their last days with dignity and comfort.

Bridges has seven new hospice-dedicated studio apartments located in a private assisted living neighborhood. The environment has been designed for individuals facing terminal illness that no longer responds to curative treatment. Welcoming gathering spaces for families and friends and meaningful amenities such as customized dining, Wi-Fi, salon, gym, bistro, and elegant furnishings, enhance comfort.

A skilled, compassionate, multi-disciplinary team of healthcare professionals focus on bringing much-needed care and support to Bridges’ residents, as well as to their loved ones. The expertise of the hospice team includes advanced, traditional and alternative therapies; 24-hour nursing oversight; medication management; certified caregivers; emotional and spiritual support; personal services; and palliative care for symptom management and pain control.

Pitman Executive Director, James Scalese, reflects, “We are very pleased to announce the inclusion of a hospice-dedicated program within our assisted living community. The apartments are designed to provide end-of-life care in a warm and supportive non-institutional environment.”

Getting Back on Track

Transitions Customized Solution Comes to Pitman

Were you recently discharged from a hospital or rehab facility and faced a dilemma because you didn’t feel quite ready to return home or did so and found you needed additional support? United Methodist Communities at Pitman now offers Transitions, a customized solution for these instances.

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A Transitions stay may last between one and six weeks. Similar to traditional rehabilitation settings, Transitions focuses on people requiring recovery, reconditioning and clinical monitoring.

Typical residents need observation for new clinical situations such as medications, therapies and devices; rehabilitation to regain skills to manage living at home; extra support to gain confidence before returning home; time to allow the implementation of support structures at home; and further stabilization.

Robbie Voloshin, corporate director of marketing, reports, “This short term program works toward getting people back home safely.”

Guests receive services in Transitions’ neighborhood of private, fully-furnished, home-like apartments. While the environment is less restrictive, it continues to support overall recovery and wellness. The care and services include rehabilitation, social engagement, wellness programming, home environment assessments, and transitional care to home follow-up.

Meals, laundry and housekeeping; transportation; community life programming; social work, clinical and aide services; and SeniorFITness are included in the daily rate. Call 856-589-7800 for information regarding Transitions or other services at United Methodist Communities at Pitman.

Soldiers Without Guns: Women Defense Workers of WWII

In recognition of National Humanities Month, United Methodist Communities at Pitman will welcome living history interpreter, Stacy F. Roth of History on the Hoof (Burlington, NJ) who will present Soldiers Without Guns: Women Defense Workers of World War II.   During her hour-long program, Roth will speak as Rose Helen Niemiec, a 1940’s home maker, who decides to show her support for the war by taking a job as a welder in a shipyard.rosie

According to Roth, “Rose Helen Niemiec was not an actual person. She is a composite of many women who entered defense production positions. My presentation is based on histories and interviews of many women who did just that when their country asked it of them.”

This unique presentation features a character monologue, a display of period artifacts and ephemera, a discussion of women’s participation on the Homefront, and an invitation to the audience to share memories, memorabilia, and personal and family stories of World War II. 

The program, which is being offered for FREE to the community, will take place on Wednesday, October 5 at 2:00 p.m. in the United Methodist Communities of Pitman auditorium. This program is funded by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information about this event, contact Alice M. Coghill at 856-589-7800, ext.7417 or acoghill@umcommunities.org.  For more information about the Horizons Speakers Bureau please visit https://njch.org/programs/hsb/.

UMC at Pitman CARES

IMG_0632 On Tuesday, August 30, building services associates at United Methodist Communities at Pitman were awarded certificates of completion for the CARES training.  For six months, associates participated in different training modules concentrating on the five CARES behaviors: Compassion, Accountability, Respect, Enthusiasm, and Service.

Ray Bates, building services director, made arrangements to celebrate the associates’ hard work and dedication to the program.  The CARES training is designed to create a strong patient-focused foundation.  “It’s the right thing to do,” explained Ray as he addressed residents and associates. “At our weekly huddles associates would share their CARES stories with the team,” said Ray. He then read a few of the stories to the audience.

In addition to the presentation, Ray invited “Carey the CARES Bear” to tour the building and greet the residents and associates.

It’s the little things our community does every day that makes for a better quality of life for our residents, visitors, and fellow associates.

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Good Things Come in Small Packages

Pint sized Chef cooks up a few surprises.

Nine year old Corrine Godlewski of Washington Township combined her love of volunteering and cooking into one awesome demonstration for residents, staff and guests. Here she and UMC at Pitman Executive Chef, Rich Schleeter prepare and serve taco dip and chicken quesadillas during his weekly cooking demonstration.
Nine year old Corrine Godlewski of Washington Township combined her love of volunteering and cooking into one awesome demonstration for residents, staff and guests. Here she and UMC at Pitman Executive Chef, Rich Schleeter prepare and serve taco dip and chicken quesadillas during his weekly cooking demonstration.

Recently United Methodist Communities at Pitman (UMCP) welcomed a very special “guest executive chef” who proved that the old adage “good things come in small packages.” Nine year old Corrine Godlewski of Washington Township combined her love of volunteering and cooking into one awesome demonstration for residents, staff and guests.

“A few months back Corrine told her mom Cyndi that she wanted to volunteer at a local retirement community. Cyndi contacted me and learned that all volunteers under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a parent so she agreed to accompany Corrine to orientation and whenever she volunteers at our community,” said Sharon Yesner, Director of Volunteer Services.

“I am proud of her for how giving she is. We have always done “easy” charity such as donating canned goods or Toys for Tots but never this level of volunteering. Corrine wants to be a chef and welcomes every opportunity to learn about cooking,” said her mother Cyndi Godlewski.

Yesner added that the first big project Corrine volunteered for was the 13th Annual Classic Car Show and Picnic in June. “It was love at first sight. The residents and staff fell in love with Corrine’s enthusiastic zest of life and upbeat personality. One of her biggest fans was our Executive Chef, Rich Schleeter. He struck up a conversation with the active nine year old and found that in addition to loving sports and school – she had a real passion for cooking.

Corrine Godlewski and Executive Chef Rich Schleeter use their smart phones to research the next recipe they are going to cook for residents at UMC at Pitman.
Corrine Godlewski and Executive Chef Rich Schleeter use their smart phones to research the next recipe they are going to cook for residents at UMC at Pitman.

A few weeks later at the end of a busy day – Chef Rich learned he had unexpected guests who wanted to tour his kitchen. “Little did I know that my supervisor, Dining Services Director, Norm Engel, had set up the visit with Corrine and Cyndi but forgot to mention it to me,” laughed Schleeter. “When I stuck my head out of the office and saw who was touring…. I suddenly forgot how tired my feet were and we had an awesome visit.”

Corrine repaid Chef Rich’s hospitality a short time later by bringing him some of her home made guacamole dip and chips for him a few lucky co-workers to sample. Chef Rich was so impressed with the pint-sized chef that he and Norm Engel “cooked up an idea” to get her in to join him during his weekly cooking demonstration.

Without telling anyone not even Chef Rich, Norm Engel ordered Corrine her very own custom made chef’s jacket. After a few emails to work out logistics – a date was set for Corrine to come in and cook along-side Chef Rich.

“What can I say – the kid’s a natural and she didn’t even let an injured ankle slow her down. Her recipe for taco dip was a big hit and we accompanied it with some chicken quesadillas for a lunch with a South of the Border flavor. I don’t know who enjoyed watching Corrine cook more – me, her mom or the crowds gathered around the action station. I cannot thank her mom Cyndi, Sharon, as well as Norm for working behind the scenes to make her visit possible. The only questions I kept hearing was when is she coming back and what is she cooking next,” concluded Schleeter.

Corrine Godlewski, with the guidance of Executive Chef Rich Schleeter, gets ready to serve her taco dip to United Methodist Communities at Pitman resident Lu Doughterty.
Corrine Godlewski, with the guidance of Executive Chef, Rich Schleeter, gets ready to serve her taco dip to United Methodist Communities at Pitman resident Lu Doughterty.
Corrine Godlewski serves her taco dip to United Methodist Communities at Pitman resident Doris Costill.
Corrine Godlewski serves her taco dip to United Methodist Communities at Pitman resident Doris Costill.

 

8th Annual Just Peachy Festival

United Methodist Communities at Pitman 8th Annual Just Peachy Festival was one sweet time for residents and community

Residents, invited guests and associates had an opportunity to sample nearly 20 home-made peach desserts at UMC at Pitman’s 8th Annual Just Peachy Festival.
Residents, invited guests and associates had an opportunity to sample nearly 20 home-made peach desserts at UMC at Pitman’s 8th Annual Just Peachy Festival.

Despite the warmer than usual August weather and the ever present threat of rain – UMC at Pitman was able to host its 8th Just Peachy Festival in the courtyard much to the delight of the 100 residents, guests and volunteers who took part in what has become the tastiest community relations event of the year.

A joint Community Life and Sales event, the Festival was a salute to one of South Jersey’s favorite summertime fruits – the peach. Summit City Orchards, Mood’s, Duffield’s and Rowand’s provided Jersey fresh peaches for the event. Not to be outdone Heritage Vineyards donated peach pies and breads while the Mantua Chick-Fil-A donated certificates for free cookies and ice cream cones.

Among the highlights of the evening included music from the duo, Nothin’ But Gina and a Little Bit of Steve, who had the residents up on their feet dancing to country classics from Willie Nelson, Barbara Mandrel and Brooks and Dunn among others. Residents, invited guests and associates also had an opportunity to sample nearly 20 home-made peach desserts, along with peach yogurt and peach tea as well as some freshly picked peaches to take home.

“We like to hold evening activities for residents and community members and this one was a lot of fun. I brainstormed with my colleagues to come up with an event that was sure to appeal to everyone’s tastes and I think is safe to say we all had a sweet time,” said Pam Mezis, Director of Sales.

Volunteers Saige and Chloe Simcox baked five delicious desserts in addition to manning the peach distribution table during UMC at Pitman’s 8th Annual Just Peachy Festival.  Here UMC at Pitman resident John Lorenz helps himself to a fresh peach.
Volunteers Saige and Chloe Simcox baked five delicious desserts in addition to manning the peach distribution table during UMC at Pitman’s 8th Annual Just Peachy Festival. Here UMC at Pitman resident John Lorenz helps himself to a fresh peach.

Who adds, “I am always so impressed by the creativity and enthusiasm of my co-workers and volunteer bakers. When we asked for peach desserts I thought we would get a lot of the same items but we didn’t get two of the same. Our residents and staff loved tasting all the cobblers, cakes, tarts, crisps, salsa and peach-inspired treats that were donated.”

New this year: were several guest judges including Benita Cooper founder of the Best Day program; Mary Ann Sullivan, CAVS Director, Volunteer and Guest Services Inspira Health Network; Michele Epifani Executive Director SJVolunteers.org; and Beth Daddario Director Volunteers, Retail, and Guest Services Inspira Medical Center Vineland who is also the President of NJAHVRP. “These ladies certainly had a difficult time picking the winning entries since everything was just so delicious,” added Mezis.

 

Pictured here are our judges.  Sitting from left to right are: Beth Daddario, Mary Ann Sullivan and Benita Cooper.  Standing is Michele Epifani.
Pictured here are our judges. Sitting from left to right are: Beth Daddario, Mary Ann Sullivan and Benita Cooper. Standing is Michele Epifani.
UMC at Pitman Employees Melissa and Don Jenkins show off the peach dessert they and residents of the Memory Support Residence made for the 8th Annual Just Peachy Festival.
UMC at Pitman Employees Melissa and Don Jenkins show off the peach dessert they and residents of the Memory Support Residence made for the 8th Annual Just Peachy Festival.

Meet UMC at Pitman’s new Executive Director, James P. Scalese

Members of the public are invited to come and meet United Methodist Communities at Pitman’s new Executive Director, James P. Scalese, at an open house reception planned for FullSizeRender (003)Friday, September 9 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Scalese, who took over leadership in July, brings over 25 years of experience in diverse settings within long term healthcare administration. In addition to certification as a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, two degrees add to his leadership skills: a Bachelor of Science in Human Services from the University of Scranton and a Master of Business Administration in Health Care Administration from Temple University.

“I am proud to be a part of an organization that is so clearly committed to providing the best care possible for its residents. I have only been here a short time yet I have been made to feel so welcome by staff and residents alike. I am looking forward to meeting community members and local business leaders and sharing some of the exciting changes that are in store for United Methodist Communities at Pitman,” said Scalese, a resident of Haddonfield.

Scalese’s broad administrative experience includes positions as a corporate compliance officer, emergency preparedness director and corporate liaison for state licensing agencies. He has demonstrated skill in specialty program development, negotiation of payer contracts, regulatory compliance and credentialing. Prior to joining UMC, Mr. Scalese was a development and operations consultant at Wilson Avenue, LLC, in Bristol, Pennsylvania.

The reception is scheduled for Friday, September 9 from 3 to 5 pm. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to Pam or Alice by calling 856-589-7800 by Tuesday, September 6. United Methodist Communities at Pitman is located at 535 North Oak Avenue in Pitman, NJ.

UMC at Pitman to host its 13th Annual Classic Car Show & Picnic

“Honk if you love cars.” The public is invited to attend United Methodist Communities at Pitman’s (formerly Pitman Manor) 13th Annual Classic Car Show and Picnic on Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The “stars” of this much anticipated community relations event will be the approximately 100 vintage automobiles from throughout the region that will be on display.

During the free event, visitors young and old will be able to enjoy the cars, musical Car Show Logoentertainment, resident judging as well as an award ceremony at approximately 2:15 P.M. Hoagies, chips and beverages will be available for purchase to visitors and car owners. In addition, local favorite The Water Ice Station will be on hand to sell water ice, sodas and hot dogs.

New this year, Yvonne Giovannitti, owner of The Inn on Holly Bed and Breakfast, is a contestant on Dancing with the Gloucester County Stars. For the contest, she will be judged for two things: her dancing skills and the amount of money she raises for her charity – United Methodist Communities at Pitman’s Fellowship Fund. Proceeds from this year’s Classic Car Show and Picnic will benefit the Fellowship Fund. The car show will take place in the back parking lot of the community which is located at 535 North Oak Avenue in downtown Pitman. The show will take place rain or shine.

“Our goal once again in hosting the car show is to give our residents and their families an opportunity to spend time together. The car owners enjoy showing off their vehicles and nothing brings people together quicker than swapping car stories and memories. It is a wonderful to spend time with Dad or Granddad,” said United Methodist Communities at Pitman’s Sales Director, Pam Mezis.

For more information about the upcoming car show or to register a vehicle please visit our web site at www.UMCommunities.org or e-mail Pam Mezis at pmezis@UMComunities.org.

Support Yvonne’s Efforts

Yvonne Giovannitti, owner of The Inn on Holly Bed and Breakfast, is a contestant on Dancing with the Gloucester County Stars. 

The Greater Woodbury Chamber of Commerce proudly Yvonne's Head Shotpresents the  11th anniversary of “Dancing With The Gloucester County Stars.”

Join us in celebrating years of helping local community dancers raising funds for local charities in Gloucester County!

For the contest, Yvonne will be judged for two things: her dancing skills and the amount of money she raises for her charity— the Fellowship Fund at United Methodist Communities at Pitman. 

 

Fundraisers

 Concert For A Cause  Bus Stop Music Café  Friday, February 26
 Movie Night – “Creed”  Broadway Theatre of Pitman  Thursday, May 12
 Pitman’s Spring Craft Show  Downtown Pitman  Saturday, May 14
 Classic Car Show and Picnic  United Methodist Communities at Pitman  Saturday, June 18

How you can support Yvonne

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News and More Information

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