Author: Erin Kidd

Taste of Abundance is Back and Going Virtual for 2020

Trinity Living Center (TLC) is excited to announce its Taste of Abundance fundraiser is going virtual this year!

“We are committed to keeping everyone safe and encourage social distancing during these uncertain times,” Trinity Living Center Executive Director Christina Joyce said. “But that doesn’t mean we have to stop having fun, we just have to do it in a new way!”

This tasty fundraiser for the adult day program will be held via Zoom on Monday, Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. and will include some great auction items to bid on and testimonials from TLC participants, family members and volunteers. Faces of Trinity Living, a collaboration between TLC and local artists, will also be displayed during the virtual event.

The center also found a way to make sure everyone who purchases a ticket still gets to sample some delectable items from local restaurants and breweries.

There will be two levels of tickets sold to the event; one that will include a handmade bowl from Pottery 101 (while supplies last) and one that will come without a bowl. But every ticketholder will receive an event packet including a coupon card for samples from all of the food and beverage sponsors, a dessert to enjoy during the event, and a few other items.

The executive chef sponsor for the event is Cannon Pharmacy and the chef de partie sponsor is F&M Bank. Other sponsors include Hospice & Palliative Care of Iredell County, Ron & Barbarra Gadish, and the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Student Government Association.

Food and beverage sponsors include El Patron, New Sarum, LA Murph’s, Abigail’s, Country Donutz, Sweet Treats by Nevaeh, GQ Diner, The Honey Baked Ham Co., Hoff’s Grill, Fulton Street Bakery, Faith Soda Shop, Tamarac Marina and Restaurant, Douglas Vineyards, Massimo’s Artisan Sandwich Shoppe, Jeter’s Deli Café, Pelican’s SnoBalls of Salisbury, and Kelly Renee’s LLC.

The proceeds from this year’s event will help support TLC in offering a safe and loving place for many seniors in Rowan County. Through meaningful activities, socialization opportunities, nutritious meals, and medical monitoring, TLC offers an engaging environment for seniors to spend their day while their caregivers work or rest, safe in the knowledge their loved one is being care for by TLC’s devoted staff.

TLC is the only adult day program in the county and without these services, many of these older adults would either be at home alone or placed in long-term care prematurely and their wearied caregivers would have no other option for respite. TLC offers a lifeline to families when they need it the most.

We hope you will consider supporting this year’s event by purchasing one or more tickets. If you are unable to attend, you can also support this amazing program with a donation!

 If you have questions, please contact Trinity Living Center Executive Director Christina Joyce at 704-637-3940 or CJoyce@TrinityLivingCenter.net. To purchase tickets online, visit https://lscarolinas.net/taste-of-abundance-form/.

We hope to again make Taste of Abundance an event that brings the community together in a safe and virtual way, while raising funds that help TLC to nurture and care for Rowan County seniors and their families. Your contribution is truly a gift of compassion.

It’s all about the TLC: Trinity Living Center transforms life of long-term participant

It’s not a coincidence that the initials for Trinity Living Center are “TLC,” because tender, loving care is what the center is all about. Long-term participant Ruth is a great example of the miraculous things that can be accomplished with TLC — the place and the concept.

“If it hadn’t been for the Lord and TLC, I don’t know where I’d be,” Ruth said. “Because they always come to your rescue no matter what.”

When Ruth came to Trinity Living Center, she was anxious and depressed. She had become increasingly socially isolated, and with her physical health deteriorating, Ruth’s daughters— who also serve as her caregivers— began searching for some support.

They found Trinity Living Center in Salisbury, which offers adult day services for participants. The program includes daily activities and occasional outings along with exercise and engaging projects.

When Ruth began at TLC a decade ago, her mental and physical health were on a downward spiral. Severe depression had made common tasks such as meal preparation, housework, and bathing more than she could handle on her own. One of her daughters had moved in with Ruth to help care for her.

Ruth was also taking insulin shots to help keep her diabetes under control, a daunting task for anyone but especially so when combined with the crippling effects of severe depression.

To say that Ruth underwent a transformation after starting at TLC would be an understatement.

TLC gave Ruth a place to socialize and engage with others. She became happier. The depression lifted.

She has taken back her life and taken over her health, making smart decisions about the food she eats, participating in the daily exercises offered at TLC, and focusing her energy on activities that bring her peace.

Over the past several years, with the support of TLC, Ruth has worked diligently to lose weight, taking her BMI from “Obese Class II” to “Normal.” She no longer needs the insulin shots she used to depend on to keep her diabetes under control.

As Ruth renewed her spirit and well-being at TLC, a hidden talent emerged. It turns out that she is a fabulous artist. She began by painting lighthouses, and all of her pieces ended up in the homes of friends and family.

Art is therapeutic for Ruth, and her creations have been inspiring to others.

“I got encouragement from a lot of the staff about how good I was doing and the more they encouraged me, the more I wanted to do,” Ruth said. “It helps me relax. Sometimes I’ll make cards and send them to people who might need a lift up.”

Now that Ruth’s warm, happy spirit has returned, she is a terrific welcome ambassador to new participants, making them feel at home in the place that’s been so important to her.

“Ruth is definitely one of the people we would look to when a new person is coming in to make them feel welcome, to maybe even give somebody a little more information about what goes on because sometimes it’s easier coming from your peers than it is from somebody that works here,” says TLC Executive Director Christina Joyce. “Not everybody that’s here is able to communicate what goes on here throughout the day and tell the story, so Ruth is wonderful at that.”

When asked about her favorite part of the TLC program, Ruth said she can’t choose just one.

“It’s been a really good program for me, I enjoy all of it. It’s just an atmosphere I didn’t know existed,” she said. “I would recommend it to anybody. The staff is wonderful. The nurses are wonderful. Everybody is wonderful.”

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