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Presidential Oaks honors its volunteers
Concord, NH
05/06/2019 01:02 PM

Useful. Wanted. Happy and joyful.

Those were just a few of the words used by volunteers of Presidential Oaks – formerly known as the New Hampshire Odd Fellows Home – to describe how donating their time to residents makes them feel.

Presidential Oaks volunteers were honored Wednesday, April 24 during the annual luncheon held at noon. Guests dined on scrumptious chicken Marsala, rice pilaf, buttered broccoli and enjoyed a decadent tiramisu for dessert. Each volunteer also received a certificate of appreciation for their dedication to the residents of the community.

Volunteers honored included members of the Board of Trustees, representatives from local churches, Bible study and Bible Discussion members – many of whom have been serving the residents of Presidential Oaks for many years.

“It’s so good to come here. Many of the people we work with like to go to church but they can’t get out. They really enjoy that we can come to them. We can fill the need,” said Luis Jimenez of Trinity Baptist Church.

Jimenez, along with this wife, Shirley, has been donating their time to Presidential Oaks for more than two decades.

“They all have such great stories,” Shirley said of her joy of working with the residents.

“That’s what blesses me so much. They care for each other so much,” said Barbara Nobrega, who helps lead Bible Study.

Although working behind the scenes, Trustees David Lent, Robert Wright and newcomer Allan Moses agreed that they do the best they can at working to keep Presidential Oaks a wonderful place for its residents.

Having worked in a number of different facilities, some of the volunteers also pointed out that Presidential Oaks stands out on a variety of levels.

“This is really the best place to volunteer. Everything is well-organized, the Activities staff are so dedicated and very involved. They have the residents ready to go,” said Bible Discussion member Anne Kelly. “It’s quite a privilege to come here.”

“We come away just feeling great,” said Barbara Welcome, another Bible Discussion member.

“Studies show that volunteer people are happy people,” added Barbara DiGorgio,” and we can confirm that!”

For more information about how you can volunteer your time at Presidential Oaks, contact Krista Marrs, Director of Communications and Marketing, at 724-6111.

Presidential Oaks offers a full continuum of care for seniors including all-inclusive independent living, medical-model assisted living, skilled rehabilitation and recovery, long-term living, and hospice care. For more information or to schedule a tour, call 724-6100, visit or find us on Facebook.

Photo caption: Presidential Oaks honored its volunteers on April 24 during the annual recognition luncheon. Attendees included, from left, front row, Shirley Jimenez, Eunice Pinto, Barbara DiGorgio, Activities Director Jane Teahan and Barbara Welcome. Back row, Trustee Robert Wright, Anne Kelly, Luis Jimenez, Barbara Nobrega, Trustee David Lent and Trustee Allan Moses. 

Krista Marrs
(603) 724-6111
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