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Willow Brook News

Toys Are Fun, but Jean has Other Ideas

Flahive Jackets You often hear of toy drives to provide Christmas gifts for children, and we all have fun purchasing toys for the youngsters. Delaware’s People in Need Christmas Clearing House plans to provide Christmas gifts to nearly a thousand children this season, and Willow Brook Christian Village resident Jean Flahive has a special goal with her support.  She knows little ones are fun to buy for, but she focuses her efforts on the older kids, the ones who would rather have clothes than trucks or dolls.  For the past five years she has gone to friends and family and has collected contributions to provide winter jackets for older children.  This year’s efforts have exceeded expectations by far.  Take a look at her, surrounded by the 50 warm winter jackets and another 15 hoodies that her friends’ gifts have purchased!  She gives all credit to those generous neighbors and friends, her family, and to JC Penney and WalMart for their discounts.  We’ll give Jean a little credit, too!

Annual Craft Fair Held at The Village


Talent and creativity were on display during the annual craft fair in the Garden Room at Willow Brook Christian Village. The residents of the Village held their annual fair on Wednesday, November 7. A wide variety of items  including baked goods were exhibited and for sale, ranging from quilts and scarfs to hand made clothes and purses. The arts and crafts fair is held every November and offers a chance for residents and local crafters to sell their work to appreciative visitors.  Proceeds benefit Willow Brook Christian Village special projects. Thank you to all who participated.

Second Annual Beyond Golden Celebration

Beyond GoldenNearly a hundred couples who had been married for 50 years or more gathered at Willow Brook at Delaware Run for the Delaware Gazette’s second annual Beyond Golden celebration on Saturday.  Prizes were awarded for those who had been married the longest, those who honeymooned the farthest away, and those with the most life experience (highest combined age).  Music was provided by Dwight Lenox, and the chefs outdid themselves once again.  You can tell by our little photo album here that everyone had a great time!

A Word from the CEO…

     The Medicaid program is a wonderful thing.  It covers medical costs for the poor, including those who need nursing home care.  About 40 percent of those living in Willow Brook’s two nursing homes are receiving benefits from this program.  
     However, at Willow Brook, Medicaid covers only a portion of the costs. We Larry Harris, CEOmust underwrite the program with charitable support.  This amounts to many hundreds of thousands of dollars per year.  What’s more, Ohio has instituted devastating Medicaid cuts these past couple of years, and Willow Brook’s burden is all the greater.
     Still, we are happy and proud to be able to extend a loving hand of support to those of our number who cannot pay their bills.
     But we are seeing residents, and potential residents, who are taking steps to “protect” their assets in order to qualify for Medicaid.  This is sometimes done under the advice of an attorney!  The State of Ohio thankfully has taken steps to stop some of this, but there apparently are sometimes ways to manipulate the system and appear destitute, when in fact funds have merely been transferred to give the illusion of poverty.
     As a taxpayer, and as Willow Brook’s CEO charged with ensuring that our financial resources are not wasted, I object.
      I ask that every Willow Brook resident live by the spirit of the Medicaid program.  Those Medicaid dollars and Willow Brook’s charitable funds are simply too precious to squander.

With love to all, 

Larry Harris, CEO

Second Annual Extravaganza!

The teams from all three of Willow Brook’s campuses gathered at Delaware Run for competitions in putting, free-throwing, T-balling, corn holing, fishing, card and table game playing, ping-pong, billiards, and more.

 second annual Extravaganza

All that competition worked  up appetites for the hog roast prepared by Chef Marc and his crew and thoroughly enjoyed by all.  The piece de resistance were Chef’s hogs stuffed with chickens stuffed with sausage and served with corn bread, salads, veggies and specially decorated cakes.

 second annual Extravaganza pig roast

The golf outing was the final event of the second annual Extravaganza!  The golf outing was outstanding because the point spread between the low and top scoring teams was only ten points.  Regular play ended with a tie, the tied teams ended a two-hole putting playoff with even par, and then went on to a seven-hole sudden death finish!

View the complete results here.