When Gloria thinks of ADRC, she thinks of people – the staff and those they serve. Her first introduction to us was when friends invited her and her husband to join them at the Grounded Cafe. It was such a warm, comfortable setting and they were treated with smiles by the staff who made them feel welcomed. It became one of their favorite places to be. She has also used ADRC’s services for support and guidance in caring for her husband. The staff was understanding and so helpful – going over possible options for her in making decisions.
Now, as a volunteer helping with homebound meals, Gloria is so pleased that she can be part of this organization. She sees first-hand the need for the service and the impact it has on those who are served. Gloria has gotten to know the people she serves, and they have gotten to know her. There is such an appreciation for this service as well as for the individuals who provide the service. Gloria looks forward to seeing them each week, they lift up her day.
When she’s not volunteering, Gloria enjoys gardening and quiet time in nature. One of her favorite places to reflect on the beauty and sounds of nature is the Paul Hartman Living Prairie. A gazebo rises above the plants and gives such a nice view.
Gloria also has two cats, Autumn and Homer, that make great companions. She adopted them when her husband was first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Autumn never left her husband’s side, on the desk when he was working, on the back of the chair when he was eating, and on his bed when he was laying down. Homer, on the other hand, adopted Gloria and they’ve been buddies ever since.
Have you ever pondered the benefits of adding yoga to your life? Meet Ginny, ADRC’s volunteer yoga instructor since January 2022!
Ginny enjoys volunteering because she feels it is a great way to give back. She loves seeing people get stronger, more confident, and balanced from her yoga classes. She may be the teacher, but she learns from the class and tailors each class to fit the needs of the group attending. In addition to volunteering at ADRC, she takes her time and talent to UWGB LLI and Hope Chats Support Group, too.
Ginny’s yoga classes include practicing breath-work and breathing techniques, mantras through poems and humming, and a dash of calming essential oils.
Yoga isn’t just a hobby for Ginny, it helped save her life. After beating a bout of cancer, she suffered from severe PTSD. Her anxiety made it difficult to even get out of bed some days. Practicing yoga helped her physically and emotionally get through this difficult time in her life.
When Ginny is not practicing or teaching yoga, she is a bass guitarist and singer in the Little Cisco Band. The band is a trio that plays blues rock. She also loves flower gardening and hanging out with her two cats, Olliever and Scruffy.