Westminster Canterbury Richmond Video Update to Residents-April 1, 2020-3 p.m.

Westminster Canterbury Richmond is keeping our residents up-to-date on the latest news related to our COVID-19 response. Hear from our 3 p.m. live update to residents from John Burns, President and CEO; Jessica Corbitt, Manager Cultural Arts; Debra Jacobsen, Administrator Resident Services; and Vanessa Perry, Pastoral Care Administrator.

The following updates were shared during the live briefing on TV970.

John Burns

Social Distancing

Please understand that our requests for social distancing are our best defense against the spreading of infection. We discourage residents gathering in groups during this time. Please connect via phone, Skype and FaceTime.

Employee Update

Our employees are working hard to answer all your questions and meet your needs. We have some employees with family members who are sick, so they are staying out of work for two weeks, giving us fewer people to respond to your requests. Certain teams, like Resident Services and Accounting, are getting lots of phone calls, and we ask your help in giving us time to catch up in answering your questions without many repeated calls.

All updated information is available in a number of ways. Written updates from our daily live briefings can be found on Touchtown Community Apps in the messages section and on our blog at www.WCRICHMOND.org. The latest video update appears hourly on TV971, followed by slides with details on services being offered at this time.

Declining balance

• We are offering daily grocery shopping service through Transportation. Charges for these grocery purchases are being applied directly to your declining balance.

• Any carryover amount on your Declining Balance plan will roll over from March into April. As of today, accounts have been automatically reset to $150 or $300. However, the rollover has to be applied by hand, which will take us some time. Please give us time to catch up on making these updates before you call Accounting to check on it.

Jessica Corbitt

Since shows in the Sara Belle November Theater are not possible right now, we are adding programming to TV970! Check The Tales for the full schedule:

• Weekly Cultural Film – Thursday at 12:30 p.m.

• Saturday Night Movie – Saturday at 7 p.m.

• Matinee Movie – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday at 12:30 p.m.

• Other Sara Belle November Theater performances daily at 5 p.m.

• Legends at Home Series – We have enjoyed the Richmond Performing Arts Alliance’s Legends on Grace series in the theater this year. They created a new series called Legends at Home featuring favorite Richmond artists performing from their living rooms! Jason Marks will be featured first, Sunday through Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Debra Jacobsen

• Grocery Shopping is happening in the morning rather than in the afternoon. Orders will be delivered to your door earlier than before.

• The Main Street Salon has supplies you need – shampoo, hair spray and more! Call Lori at ext. 6097. We also have a small supply of donated tools like hair dryers and curling irons available if you need one. They do not need to be returned. Thanks to the Treasure Chest for making this possible!

• Mail delivery has resumed. Tower residents must go to their mailboxes to pick up their mail. Please remember to maintain your social distancing.

• As a reminder, if family members want to drop off groceries to you, please have them meet the Transportation team at the Azalea Mall parking lot on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1-3 p.m. They should not be meeting you to deliver items in any other way.

• We are getting numerous requests and questions. We are working through those as quickly as we can. Please be patient as we work to find solutions. Thanks to the Resident Services team – Emily Krause, Emily Williamson, Sarah Everette – who are addressing your calls and questions!

Vanessa Perry

Pastoral Care has created a Holy Week booklet. If you’d like a copy, call David Curtis at ext. 5179 no later than this Saturday at noon.

An Easter worship service with Westminster Canterbury Chaplains will air on TV 970 at 4 p.m. on Easter Sunday, April 12.

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”

Galatians 6:9

Choose to Bless the World

By Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker

Your gifts—whatever you discover them to be—can be used to bless or curse the world.

Choose to bless the world.

The choice to bless the world is more than an act of will, a moving forward into the world with the intention to do good.

It is an act of recognition, a confession of surprise, a grateful acknowledgment

that in the midst of a broken world unspeakable beauty, grace and mystery abide.

There is an embrace of kindness that encompasses all life, even yours.

The choice to bless the world can take you into solitude to search for the sources of power and grace; native wisdom, healing, and liberation.

More, the choice will draw you into community, the endeavor shared, the heritage passed on, the companionship of struggle, the importance of keeping faith,

the life of ritual and praise, the comfort of human friendship, the company of earth the chorus of life welcoming you.

None of us alone can save the world.

Together—that is another possibility, waiting.


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