Active Lifestyle Facilitated at RiverWoods
Jan 05, 2017 11:23AM
● By Erica Shames
In December of 2014, Alice decided to move to RiverWoods Senior Living Community after witnessing her mother experience the benefits of living in a similar continuing care retirement community. She loved watching her mother enjoy a community with the ability to call upon progressive levels of care, and wanted that for herself.
“I grew up on a working farm near Buffalo,” Alice said. “My love of nature was instilled in me from a very young age by my mother and sister. We were often outdoors wandering in the woods and that began my love for nature. Mom was very knowledgeable about plants and animals and shared that knowledge. I taught my children to always love God’s world—its animals, plants and trees. With its beautiful setting, RiverWoods allows me to continue enjoying nature.”
Alice loves her apartment with its view of the scenic Susquehanna River. She enjoys feeding the birds and nurturing her small garden. She regularly tends the Slifer House Museum gardens on the RiverWoods campus and has been an active member of the Lewisburg Garden Club, serving as its treasurer for four years.
Eight years ago, Alice began a new adventure as a volunteer at T&D’s Cats of the World. A wild animal refuge located in nearby Penns Creek, T&D’s provides permanent homes for rescued animals. She started working as a docent every Saturday, greeting visitors and guiding their experience at the refuge. She enjoyed her volunteer work so much she decided to help every Friday throughout the entire year, feeding animals and cleaning cages. “The biggest honor was being handed the keys, providing me with the privilege of feeding the animals,” Alice said. “I’ve had wonderful times there. I pinch myself thinking about how lucky I am to be involved, surrounded by the animals.”
Alice also actively volunteers at Albright’s central office on the RiverWoods campus and at the First Presbyterian Church in Lewisburg. One of her favorite projects is Operation Christmas Child, organized by Samaritan’s Purse, which fills shoeboxes with school supplies, personal hygiene items and toys, distributing them to children all over the world. She began packing boxes in 1995, and now goes to a processing center in Baltimore annually to assist with the 12 million boxes that are donated.
“It’s a special environment—a fellowship,” Alice said. “I do it to serve the Lord and get so much out of it myself. It’s a simple gift but the impact is profound—for the child, family and community.”
Alice Marquart is a shining example of being called to serve, and Albright is proud that she is part of our family. Albright, celebrating 100 years of service to the Susquehanna Valley, invites you to continue your mission by joining us at one of our six locations. Visit www.albrightcare.org for information on senior living, day programs, giving or volunteering.