Ridgewood ‘Care Ladies’ honored for community service
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The Ridgewood neighborhood came together at the home of David and Margaret Schenck recently for a reception honoring their past and present “Care Ladies.” From left, front, are Janet Jackson, Jerri Bull, team leader Carolyn Jones, Pat Love and Fay Turner; and Standing, Darlene Odum, June McDonald, Annette Stansel, Kathy Morrow, Carolyn Goins and Dola Thompson. Meredith Szustak, not present for photo, was a Care Lady also.
The Ridgewood neighborhood came together at the home of David and Margaret Schenck recently for a reception honoring their past and present “Care Ladies.” From left, front, are Janet Jackson, Jerri Bull, team leader Carolyn Jones, Pat Love and Fay Turner; and Standing, Darlene Odum, June McDonald, Annette Stansel, Kathy Morrow, Carolyn Goins and Dola Thompson. Meredith Szustak, not present for photo, was a Care Lady also.
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The Ridgewood neighborhood came together at the home of David and Margaret Schenck April 6 for a reception honoring their past and present “Care Ladies.”

According to members on the board of Care Ladies, several years ago, when the neighborhood association was being re-formed, the board explored varying ways to bring all the homeowners together in a true close-knit community.

The board divided the neighborhood into six sections and asked one of the residences of that section to become the care person.

These volunteer ladies, appropriately called “Care Ladies,” are joyful givers to approximately 10 homes.

Sending out cards — birthday, congratulatory, births and more — delivering welcome gifts to a new neighbor and organizing meals for sick neighbors are just a few projects led by the these amazing ladies.

The group is coordinated by a team leader, Carolyn Jones, who sits on the RHA Board and reaches out to the other sections as needed.

Each of the ladies received a spring bouquet from the neighborhood in appreciation of their time and effort toward making Ridgewood such a wonderful place to live.

June McDonald, current president of RHA, called the group of ladies the “hands and feet” of the neighborhood.

They were also referred to as the heart and soul of Ridgewood.

The ladies and the neighborhood exemplify Margaret Mead’s quote, “Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.”