The homes are no longer just frames, posts and concrete. They have walls, windows and roofing materials; they look real! In just 10 short months the dream team of Noah Homes moved from a beautiful rendering to a physical and impressive reality. Sometimes my staff and I walk through the homes and stand and feel the power of what has been accomplished in such a short time. The homes reflect the power and magnitude of the debilitating disease that Alzheimer’s and Dementia has become, and the fact that all adults with developmental disabilities are living longer fulfilling lives, means they may all need this care at some point in their lives. The power of an idea, a small dedicated group of volunteers, a fantastic staff, and the impact of faithful donors is a fierce combination and I couldn’t be more proud of the impact we are making together….thank you all.
As many of us do with our jobs, we begin to take monumental tasks for granted as we routinely overcome obstacles and view, what others see as incredible hurdles, to now be a part of the job. This hit home for me last week when my 93 year old mother in law came for a hard hat tour! Her daughter, Rose, drove her to Noah and the three of us took off in the golf cart for a tour of the campus and the new homes. Her son, my husband, has been lending his civil engineering expertise as needed, and she is very proud of what he has accomplished at Noah and in his career. She is also quite proud of her daughter in law! She continued to gaze in awe at the high ceilings, long hallways and the well laid out spaces as I explained the use of each area and why it was so important to the welfare of our residents. After the tour, she left a donation in my office (as did Rose!) and she said, “Well it’s okay that I don’t see you so much lately…..you REALLY are busy!!” (Photo: Rose Hermanson, Puring Nocon, and me!)
The only analogy I can come up with is a 16 year old getting ready to drive their first car. They see it in their driveway, but they can’t believe it is really theirs until they get in the driver’s seat, buckle up and take the first tentative drive around the block! I proudly toured two visiting trainers from the NTG (National Task Group) who were conducting a 3-day training on Noah’s campus for caregivers who work with adults with disabilities AND memory disorders. It was so affirming to see their faces as they stared at the massive buildings, and walked through the framed rooms, and imagined what they will do for those who will soon live in these homes. They were stunned at the magnitude of the project and the timetable that we have stayed on to be fully constructed in less than a year! This is the power of the mission of Noah Homes, and our driving need to serve those we so care about and love.