Heritage Pointe is celebrating its 20th year with a variety of activities. The non-profit, 200-resident senior community in Mission Viejo provides independent, assisted and memory care services while incorporating Jewish traditions and lifestyles, according to its website. Fundraising from the community provides $1 million annually to assist residents who are in financial need.
Heritage Pointe honored its volunteers at a recent recognition event. According to Loretta Modelevsky, volunteer coordinator and co-founder of the luxurious residence for Jewish seniors, “I believe in angels – the kind that heaven sends. I am surrounded by angels, but I call them volunteers.”
She added, “The stars are out, even though the sun is shining. A Strange phenomenon, but not at Heritage Pointe, for the stars are our volunteers, who bring their bright light and rays of sunshine here every day.”
Describing all of the volunteers as special, Modelevsky said that they “have added bright hues to the everyday lives of the residents with their diverse talents.” Volunteers have included art teachers, bingo callers, birthday party hostesses, bridge teachers, chorale conductors, club leaders, comedy entertainers, computer teachers, current events leaders, dining room hostesses, dining room servers on holidays, doctor appointment escorts, fitness assistants, friendly visitors, gift shop sales people, jewelry and craft teachers, musicians, newsletter staffers, outing escorts, Photoshop® instructors, wellness center helpers, Wii® instructors, Yiddish class leaders and Zumba
During the years 2009 and 2010, more 110 community volunteers provided more than 5,800 hours of service to Heritage Pointe residents. Modelevesky said that their presence “brings a special warmth and caring to Heritage Pointe,” adding, “On behalf of all the residents and staff, I would like to take this opportunity to honor you with our heartfelt thanks and our praise for your commitment. I am so proud and blessed to be associated with such a fantastic group.”
Continuing Heritage Pointe’s busy spring, the organization’s 20th annual luncheon, boutique and fashion show at the Marriott Newport Beach sold out with more than 400 attendees. The high-energy, high-tech fashion show featured Lourdes Chavez.
Finally, Heritage Pointe will sponsor a 5K Walk and Family Day at Lakeside Lagoon in the Wild Rivers Complex, Irvine, on June 5. Walk sponsorships are at levels from $500 to $25,000. Walkers can sign up on-line at $10 per person and form their own teams. After the walk, there will be a “day of camp” with kayaks, horseshoes, volleyball and much more. A T-shirt and lunch are included in the $10 per person walker fee. Registration is required to attend.
For more information, visit www.heritagepointe.org or call (949) 364-9685.
At a Glance
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
188 residential units
16 memory care units
Comprehensive health care services
Kosher kitchen serving 600 meals per day
Synagogue on site – K’hilat Horim (Community of our Parents), led by full-time spiritual leader, Cantor Susan Deutsch
Named one of Orange County’s top workplaces second year in a row by Orange County Register