Welcome to our Fall issue of Kavod.  Inside please read about some of the many ongoing, and new initiatives we champion. All of which are intended to add life to the lives of all the residents at Ovation Communities.

Of particular inspiration, is the spotlight on our Geriatric Career Development program (GCD), and especially on Ashanti Tate, CNA, a member of our first graduating class.  We are so proud that Ashanti has chosen to join our caregiving staff!  We are incredibly proud that her desire to be a caregiver led her to join our initial class three years ago. Her dedication and diligence, along with our support to help her obtain her license and guidance towards successful graduation, has culminated in the beginning of a bright and successful career.

We are proud that we can offer such an outstanding program focused on providing a pathway to graduation for Milwaukee high school students. Ashanti is the first of what we hope are many returning graduates that have been mentored by us to care for our loved ones in a compassionate and professional way.

We are incredibly grateful for your support of this program; it costs approximately $5,000 per year, per student, to make a difference in their own life and our community’s life.  We could not continue this effort without your compassionate generosity:  Right now, we are proud to report that we have 40 students enrolled and our alumni group is growing!

Ashanti said, “Learning and working here has been very rewarding, and at the end of the day, I love my residents.”

We’re kvelling! I hope you are too.  You help make these dreams come true.  All in honor of our elders, and in the interest of bringing life to their lives!

With so much gratitude for your ongoing support,

Michael