Cedar Village is proud to be the home of the Shalom Center for Elder Abuse Prevention. While victims are living at Cedar Village in a safe environment, they enjoy the many programs and activities that enrich the lives of all of the residents. They participate in art, music, and exercise classes. They enjoy having lunch in the deli with their new friends, and especially like attending stimulating educational programs. As Cedar Village commemorated the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John Kennedy, they were able to share their memories and reminisce with the Cedar Village family. And each victim receives a holiday gift that he or she has requested from the Resident Life staff.
A recent letter from the daughter of one of the victims sheltered at the Shalom Center who was physically abused by his second wife stated, “I am not sure where to begin other than to say up front that you very well may have saved the life of my father. You offered a protective environment for my father who has been repeatedly abused in recent years by a much younger wife. You provided the safe haven that allowed my dad to heal physically and emotionally. At a crisis time in his life you provided a wonderful, safe and caring environment.”
The Shalom Center at Cedar Village provides a safe have for victims of elder abuse.
June 15, 2013 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Education about elder abuse is vital. It is important to learn the red flags of physical, emotional, and financial abuse.
Cedar Village provides a safe haven at its Shalom Center for Elder Abuse Prevention which offers crisis stabilization stays with a full range of medical, nursing, therapy, social work and legal services to help victims recover and regain control of their lives. These services and necessary amenities are provided at no charge, part of Cedar Village’s faith-based mission to serve our community.
It's through generous donations and warm hearts that Cedar Village is able to provide not only a safe haven, but the additional amenities so many of these people need.
As the only elder abuse shelter in the Midwest, Cedar Village continues to spearhead the initiative to raise awareness about the prevalence of elder abuse and the need to keep victims safe from harm.
Recently, Cedar Village was able to provide a newly arriving victim with clothing as she came into the building with nothing but the clothes on her back. Never before had she been simply given something for free. Never had she been treated with the kindness and respect she so rightfully deserved!
With ongoing therapy, counseling and loving support, we have already seen a drastic improvement in her health and wellbeing.
It’s that time of year when the Holidays descend upon Cedar Village to grant special wishes to the residents living in healthcare of our retirement community. This year, we have increased the amount of gifts given through our annual festivities to include those who are here for other circumstances such as elder abuse.
Whether it’s a cherished CD of jazz music or an electric toothbrush, each gift is meticulously sought after. It’s an amazing feeling to see the expression on these residents’ faces as they unwrap their special something.
It’s because of the generosity of donors like you that Cedar Village is able to provide these extra added acts of kindness to our residents. It is our goal to fulfill the lives of our residents while granting wishes. And for Mitzvah Day, this annual tradition is it!
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