• AFEV Insider: March 11, 2021

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    March 12, 2021
    Air Force Enlisted Village News from Grateful Residents
    March 11, 2021
    What A Year It's Been: A Recap of Life During the Pandemic
    because of you, residents continue to enjoy life
    News of the coronavirus pandemic broke in early 2020, and life changed by March. Staying home was the norm for everyone in the Unites States. AFEV leadership acted quickly to protect residents by increasing cleaning and sanitizing of all facilities, pausing visitors on campus, screening staff and others when entering the campus, and ensuring CDC guidelines for social distancing and mask wearing were taking place.
    Life at Bob Hope Village and Hawthorn House changed, and new activities with less participants took place, outdoor activities were encouraged, volunteers shopped for groceries for residents, and Easter and Mother’s Day meals were delivered to residents by staff.
    As everyone accepted the new changes, quarantining was being lifted by the state of Florida and Bob Hope Village residents were enjoying outdoor activities with visits from food trucks, playing corn hole, and bike riding. Visitors to Bob Hope Village were permitted with 24-hour notice and screenings.
    Hawthorn House, on the other hand, had visitor restrictions in place according to the state of Florida. Residents understood the importance for the need to continue to quarantine and new activities were created for smaller groups, and books, puzzles, coloring pages and colored pencils were delivered to residents. Video visits were set up for residents and their family members. Residents also took fun photos that were posted on Facebook to share with their families.
    As summer started, Bob Hope Village and Hawthorn House residents enjoyed visits from an ice cream truck and Knife’s Edge Café hosted a shrimp boil. The first annual Memorial Day parade was held for all to enjoy. Residents lined campus streets to wave to local car clubs, classic cars, motorcycle clubs, and military vehicles from Eglin AFB and Hurlburt Field that participated in the parade.
    Staff continue to think outside of the box to keep Bob Hope Village and Hawthorn House residents engaged during this new pandemic life. And while events and activities have been scaled back or reinvented, everyone is still smiling, having fun, and enjoying life at Bob Hope Village and Hawthorn House.
    Ways you can help today and everyday:
    • Click the "Give Today" button below to make a gift now to provide secure and dignified homes for military widows.
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    • Join Heroes for Hope, our monthly giving club, and make a greater impact with affordable monthly giving.
    • Create a Facebook fundraiser for the Air Force Enlisted Village in honor of your birthday or any occasion. Set up your Facebook fundraiser HERE.
    • If you're shopping online, please consider using AmazonSmile and add Air Force Enlisted Village as your charity of choice. A small percentage will be donated to Air Force Enlisted Village from eligible purchases. Every little bit adds up to a lot!
    • Leave a legacy by including the Air Force Enlisted Village in your estate plans. Learn more about planned giving HERE.
    • Honor a special person, event, or organization with a personalized, engraved brick paver that will be displayed in Bob Hope Village’s Garden of Hope. Two sizes are available. Learn more HERE.
    • Support the 18th Annual Bob Hope Memorial Charity Golf Classic HERE. The event takes place May 14-15, 2021 at Eglin AFB Golf Course in Niceville, FL.
    Bob Hope Village
    Apartments Available Now and Ready for Move-In! Small Pets Welcome!
    Active, independent living with neighbors who share the common bond of a former military lifestyle. Click HERE to learn more about Bob Hope Village. Call 850-651-9422 to speak to our admissions department about eligibility, availability, and pricing.
    Hawthorn House
    Apartments Available Now
    Assisted living with memory support wing located on the Bob Hope Village campus. Click HERE to learn more about Hawthorn House. Call 850-609-2550 to speak to our admissions department about eligibility, availability, and pricing.
    -Thank You-
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    Ryan Price, Community Relations Director
    rprice@afev.us, (850) 613-6475