Heart For Music Program Update

Heart For Music Program Update

During this quarantine season, the Heart For Music Program has brought joy, hope and sweet memories to our seniors in care homes. Since Heart For Music’s launch in February 2019, 100 residents in six care homes have begun to enjoy personal music playlists picked out specifically for them. 

With seniors living in care homes being cut off from the outside world, Heart For Music is one of the only recreational programs still running in some facilities. Family members have been relieved to know that their relatives are enjoying such an emotional and personalized program. 

Covid has actually opened more opportunities for this program as we are not providing any groups or gathering programs – rather more 1-1’s. This has provided more opportunity to offer this music program.”

~ Czorny Alzheimer Centre

What would our world be without lyric and melody? 

Music is a healing and connecting gift that reignites memories and emotions in the listener. Many music therapists and live musicians have no access to care homes right now, which makes Heart For Music an even more important endeavour. Listening to their favourite songs often re-awakens residents, and it allows staff to connect to them in ways that are otherwise impossible. 

Zion Manor: “They sing along, tap their toes, and the calming effect for those elders who are upset or agitated is beautiful!”

Zion Manor: “We built a wonderful playlist for EA with specifically chosen Caribbean music, jazz pieces and trumpet music (because he was a trumpet player). It was an extremely therapeutic process for his wife to go through his CDs and choose the specific songs that he liked the best. We were so excited the first time he listened to his music on the headset.”

Zion Manor: “GM sings along to the music. Staff say that by listening to the headset, this has focused and sparked something in her. Now she participates in a singalong program which she didn’t do before.”

Because of the generosity of many of you, this program has been piloted in these six care homes; Kinsmen Lodge, Elim Village, Zion Park, KinVillage, George Derby, and Czorny Alzheimer Centre. However, much expansion within the programs is still possible with your help. There are numerous non-profit senior homes in BC and now more than ever seniors are experiencing isolation and a lack of human interaction. Let’s work together to both aid the care home staff and give our seniors the gift of personal music that will provide joy for them in this uncertain time. 

We are raising funds to purchase equipment for this program including: headphones, personal devices, and a donation for the care home staff running the program. We are also collecting used working iPods, iPhones, MP3’s and iPads. 

Thank you for your donations and support which have helped make this all possible!

Sharing is Caring

Sharing is Caring

When the world went crazy, these community organizations stepped up. The Mustard Seed was blessed with an overwhelming amount of clothing donations and worked with Soap For Hope, Diamond Delivery, and Rick’s Heart Foundation to get the clothing to those who needed it the most right away. 

What to wear today?

It is a question most of us get to ask ourselves every morning. We get the privilege to sift through our clothes and pick an outfit for the day. This is not a privilege that everyone is privy too. That is why we were pleased to help out and get these clothing items into the hands of those who needed them. Our hope is that these clothing items brightened up a few individual’s days.

Clothing was delivered to the following organizations:

  • Port Alberni Services Hub
  • Port Alberni Friendship Centre
  • Powell Street Getaway
  • The John Volken Academy
  • WISH Drop-In Vancouver
  • Wagner Hills Farm Society

 

Diamond Delivery is always ready to jump into action! One phone call and they are on their way to help us out. This donation went to six different locations in British Columbia. The drivers are helpful, friendly and get the job done.

Thank you so much, guys! 

Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen, including those who         donated clothing.

Sanitizer anyone?

Sanitizer anyone?

Pitching in to support our community during this #stayhome season in our Country. By providing free shipping by Diamond Delivery to Vancouver Island Brewing to ship beer totes from Stillhead Distillery. This collaboration allows them to continue donating their excess beer to be turned into much needed sanitizer!

Milkman

Milkman

Rick’s Heart Foundation had a great day distributing milk and cereal to Surrey Urban Mission Society and Cloverdale Community Kitchen.

The “stay home” order has made daily life difficult with mounting uncertainties for those working in affected businesses.

We’re uplifted by the generosity we are seeing in our community and doing our part to keep the goods flowing to those in need.

Special thanks to KIDS PLAY, Meadowfresh Dairy, Norden Windows and the volunteers!

#inthistogether