Thursday, June 23, 2011

Your Story

In my first blog, I talked to you about who I am (at least a little bit) and what I do for Front Porch. With that in mind, I thought I would bring up a very important program that we have at Front Porch that some of you may not be aware of.

We all want to create our own legacy – the way we want others to view us and think about us. We want others to realize that our lives are important, even if it’s through the telling of some small but very important memory from childhood that we hold dearly. It’s why great writers write, great painters paint, and so on. To leave something enduring of one’s self that says, “This is what I believe or what I think or what I did.”

Yet, not all of us are great writers. I know I’m not. What’s more, most of us have neither the time, patience nor the inclination to take pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) to do so if we could. It’s a heck of a lot of work.

I don’t know how many of you are aware of this, but one of our foundation-funded projects (funded by California Lutheran Homes and Community Services) is a program called “Memoirs.” This program was created specifically for the reasons mentioned above – to leave a lasting legacy for those not inclined to take on the Herculean task of writing down their life stories.

The program allows residents at all Front Porch communities the opportunity to record their life’s stories onto a DVD (for family, loved ones and the participants themselves to view). The program is spearheaded by Bonnie Stover, director of Volunteer Services, and Don and Joyce Harvey who are residents of Carlsbad By The Sea Retirement Community. The Harveys are wonderful volunteers who help tremendously by recording the memoirs and making sure that participants are comfortable and relaxed for the telling of their stories. I first met Don three to four years ago while hosting a California Lutheran Homes Foundation-sponsored wine social at Carlsbad By The Sea. I found him to be an extremely knowledgeable man and one who is also very easy to talk to. I think you will too.

I encourage any Front Porch resident who is interested in recording their life’s story to contact Don or Bonnie Stover at 818-729-8189 and arrangements will be made to begin creating your “memoir” and legacy. You can tell your very important story without having to be a great writer.

- Rob Klose