The Fort Stockton Living & Rehabilitation (Fort Stockton Nursing Center) at 501 N Sycamore St held a lively fiesta on Friday, Sept. 15 in honor of el dieciseis de Septiembre (Mexican Independence Day).
The fiesta was creatively decorated with colors of the Mexican flag, and a designated table was set for special guests. During the celebration, guests were honored by activity director Melody Rainer who gave a very heartfelt opening speech.
Choked up with watery eyes, Rainer declared, “I love all of you like family,” as she looked around the room at the residents of the nursing home. Emotional and overjoyed, Rainer honored each guest with a framed certificate and gift bag as a token of appreciation.
From nursing home volunteers to elders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, many were honored for their individual contributions. Among the honorees at the table was the local media Ken Ripley of KFST and publisher Pam Palileo of The Pioneer.
After the awards ceremony, a moist tres leches cake was served to all attendees. As guests enjoyed their cake, Rainer concluded with an overview of the Living & Rehab's new mission to bring more community involvement into the nursing home.
The event quickly shifted from a festive award ceremony to an intimate table conversation about the mission. Many ideas were shared, leaving Rainer more motivated to help the nursing home and community come together like never before.