Making Dreams Come True

Feb 23, 2012

Granting Wishes One at a Time!

Edie & Jude
Edie & Jude

Enriching the lives of residents at Cedar Village Retirement Community is not only something we strive to accomplish, but to excel in “making dreams come true!”


This month resident, Edie wanted to have her snare drum head replaced. She contacted our music therapy staff member and simply asked for a quote. As I was sitting in her office working on something unrelated to this conversation, I began to think about how to fund her request. Once Jude ended the phone call, I mentioned to Jude a way to fund this wish through our “Making Dreams Come True Fund.”  The very next day, we presented Edie with her newly repaired drum and started a jam session!


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. How would you like to be a part of this wonderful program? For more information regarding Cedar Village, please visit


Dec 5, 2011

Mitzvah Day Gift Giving

It’s that time of year when the Chanukah and Christmas fairies descend upon Cedar Village to grant special wishes to the residents living in healthcare and the rehabilitation units of our retirement community. Each year as a part of the annual Mitzvah Day tradition, residents are surprised with a gift that they expressed as something special.


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!


Sep 19, 2011

Second Annual Cedar Village Game Day Extravaganza!

Last year, was our First Annual Football outing to a Bengals game and what an amazing experience it was. Cedar Village residents from the Apartments of Oak View and Fountain View were joined by Healthcare residents for a fun and exciting afternoon of professional football.


Well, it’s that time of year and we are planning a day of fun when the Bengals meet the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, November 13th or the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, November 20th. If you’d like to weigh in on which game they should attend, email your response to Stay tuned for the recap of our Second Annual Cedar Village Game Day Extravaganza!


It’s because of the generosity of donors like you that Cedar Village is able to provide these wonderful outings to sporting events, operas and other performing arts programs. It is our goal to fulfill the lives of our residents while granting wishes. And for sporting fans, this annual trip is it!


Jun 15, 2011

Nelson's Thank You for His New Computer

Up until one special day in Spring, Nelson was typically seen in the main library at Cedar Village, a retirement community located in Mason, Ohio everyday shortly after lunch to surf the web.

On this particular day, Nelson was surprised with a brand new computer which was made possible by the generosity of donors through the “Making Dreams Come True” initiative. Below is the thank you letter from Nelson. Enjoy!


Dear Friends from Making Dreams Come True,

 I would like to thank you for the wonderful Dell computer. The computer and I have become inseparable. I spend a lot of time with the computer surfing the internet or playing games. The way the computer is set up, it can give your health information or take you to a faraway land. I particularly love to play solitaire on the computer. It also allows me to keep in touch with friends and relatives. I had a computer before coming to Cedar Village, but it was sold when I became a permanent resident. It had been my dream to get another one for 2 years.  Needless to say, I am very grateful to have my own computer, let alone a Dell computer.  Again thank you from the bottom of my heart for your most gracious gift.

Yours truly,



Mar 28, 2011

A Warm and Enriching Winter at Cedar Village

Flower Arranging -- an intergenerational project
Flower Arranging -- an intergenerational project

Since the beginning of the year, the residents at Cedar Village Retirement Community in Mason, Ohio, have had some amazing programs not only to be entertained, but also to stimulate their minds and learning opportunities. In January, we brought in the Cincinnati Shakespeare Theatre to perform “In Love with Shakespeare.” One resident, with dementia was not too keen about the performance in the beginning. But quickly, the performers adjusted their monologues and really played to her, keeping in mind the rest of the audience. It turned out wonderfully. In the end, Hope was delighted!  To add to the Winter enriching experiences, Cedar Village was fortunate enough to bring in one of the 2011 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival movies, “One Hundred Voices: A Journey Home.”


Funds continue to help sponsor exercise classes including Tai Chi and jewelry-making classes where our residents enjoy making bracelets and necklaces for themselves and their family members. As one resident said, “This is my new knitting, I could make jewelry everyday!” In addition, we have added several new flowering arranging classes which bring joy to the residents living in healthcare.


Within a retirement community it is vital to provide engagement and stimulation for mind, body and spirit.



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Cedar Village

Mason, Ohio, United States

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Carol Silver Elliott

Mason, OH United States

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