Reveling with Renaissance, An Article in the Bronx Free Press

Bronx Free PressReveling with Renaissance
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Posted on the Bronx Free Press on Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Posted by: Erik Cuello in Entertainment, Food, Local, News

More than turkey, it was about tradition.

The clients at Renaissance Adult Day Services joined together on Tues., Nov. 25th for a holiday celebration filled with family and friends.

Renaissance Executive Director’s Eileen Parenti was joined by her own 80-year-old mother Betty Lockwood, who she shared stories about growing up in New Jersey’s smallest licensed nursing home, the same house where she, in turn, raised Eileen.

Lockwood said she believes that baking is simply another way to care for people.

“That’s why when I bake, I bake with love. While I’m baking, I say my prayers and have my rosary on. I put blessed salt in the cake and a tablespoon of holy water to bless the people who receive the cake.”

Lockwood said that in addition to the cakes she had brought to Renaissance, she would make more than 150 cakes by the end of the holiday season.

Lena, Betty Senator Diaz, Eileen, Larissa with CakeFrom left to right: Lena Hymson, RN BA MS MSN, Director of Patient Services at Renaissance of Washington Heights in Manhattan; Betty Lockwood; Senator Díaz, Eileen Parenti, RNC, BSN, Renaissance Executive Director; and Larissa Chechelnitskaya, Vice President of Outreach for Renaissance.

There was more to celebrate, as Grace Petti, Program Coordinator at the 625 East Fordham Road Renaissance Adult Day Services location, stopped in and donated 10 turkeys to give away as door prizes. Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. also handed out $10 gift cards for holiday food shopping.

All Renaissance Home Health Care and Adult Day Services offer individualized services that seek to promote social, physical, and emotional well-being of their clients through their home health care and adult day locations serving all five boroughs. 

For more information, visit www.renaissancehcs.com.

 

Holiday Tradition was the Theme at Renaissance’s Thanksgiving Celebration

Betty Cutting Cake Corrie Tillman, Senator Diaz, Vivian Montgomery, 2 more clients

 

 

 

 

The clients at Renaissance Adult Day Services enjoyed a holiday celebration filled with family tradition on Tuesday, November 25, 2014. Betty Lockwood, 80 and mother of Renaissance Executive Director, Eileen Parenti, served everyone a piece of her famous “Betty’s Blessing” Apple Cake while sharing stories about growing up in New Jersey’s smallest licensed nursing home from 1946-1966, the house where she, in turn, raised Eileen. Senator Diaz joined everyone for the celebration at 787 E. 156th Street and handed out $10 gift cards for holiday food shopping.

Alberto, Angela, Grace and Betty with a Turkey

Lockwood believes that baking is simply another way to care for people. “That’s why when I bake, I bake with love. While I’m baking I say my prayers and have my rosary on. I put blessed salt in the cake and a tablespoon of holy water to bless the people who receive the cake.” Lockwood will make more than 150 cakes this holiday season, not including the cakes she brought to Renaissance.

Eileen and Betty Lena, Betty Senator Diaz, Eileen, Larissa with Cake

 

Renaissance Adult Day Services and Home Health Staff get Certified in CPR

On October 15, 2014, the staff at Renaissance Adult Day Services and Renaissance Home Health Care received their certification in American CPR Training at a certified course led by Darby Torres held at the Renaissance Home Health Care office, 3044 Coney Island Ave, Brooklyn, NY.

IMG_0142Pictured above from left to right are: Christian Santos, Director of Corporate Compliance, Laura Hymson, DPS, and Larissa Chechelnitskaya, Vice President of Outreach, all for Renaissance HHC joined by Vanette Destilus who does Marketing for the Brooklyn location of Renaissance Adult Day Services.

Also in attendance at this class was:
From the Brooklyn location of Renaissance Adult Day Services:
Michael Simmons, Program Coordinator
Jose Guzman, Licensed Nurse Practitioner
Maria Laurent, Intake Coordinator/Community Outreach
Vanette Destilus, Marketing
Pierre Louis Woofield – Driver

From the Bronx (787 E 156th Street) location of Renaissance Adult Day Services:
Alberto Cordero, Program Coordinator

From the Coney Island Renaissance Home Health Care office:
Eileen Parenti, Executive Director
Larissa Chechelnitskaya, Vice President of Outreach
Laura Hymson, DPS
Christian Santos, Director of Corporate Compliance
Lakeish London, Administrative Assistant
Jeremy Lebron – Administrative Assistant
Ruth Vasquez, HR
Iesha Stewart, Home Health Aide
Franck Auguste, Coordinator
Jenny To, Coordinator
Elaine Cheng, Coordinator
Lan Chung, Coordinator
Jennifer Tejeda, Coordinator
Dexter Williams, HHC Driver

Betty Lockwood, 80, and Her “Betty’s Blessing” Apple Cake are the Special Stars at the Renaissance Adult Day Services Thanksgiving Celebration

Betty Lockwood and daughter Eileen Parenti photo original

Tradition runs strong this Thanksgiving season for Eileen Parenti, Executive Director of Renaissance Adult Day Services, as she prepares for a special Thanksgiving celebration on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parenti is bringing her mom, Betty Lockwood, 80, and Betty is bringing her famous apple cake called “Betty’s Blessing” to share with guests at the Bronx location of Renaissance Adult Day Services at 787 East 156th Street. Senator Diaz will be joining the Thanksgiving celebration that is highlighted by this special dessert.

Parenti’s family history is quite remarkable for a woman who works daily in the field of senior living. Her grandmother, Margaret Schneider, ran the smallest licensed nursing home in the State of New Jersey from 1946 to 1966 out of her 18-room Victorian home located in Dunellen, NJ. She raised her five children in this house, including Parenti’s mother, Betty Lockwood. Lockwood and her siblings helped their mother care for the residents by bringing them meals, helping them eat and simply spending time with them. Lockwood says her mother “gave love to the residents, not a lot of medicine. They felt content because they knew they were cared for.”

This is how Lockwood chose to raise Parenti and her five brothers and sisters. “When I got married and had kids of my own, I’d bring them to meet the residents regularly, it was as if they had nine grandparents. My kids didn’t grow up with a lot of material things but they had a lot of love and friendship.” Parenti has continued the family tradition of caring for others in her work as Executive Director for Renaissance Home Health Care and Adult day Services.  She also is a current member of the New Jersey, Nursing Home Administrators Licensing Board and participates on the education committee for the Health Care Association.

The family home was not always intended to be a nursing home. Schneider originally bought the home to be a bakery that she ran with her sister when the family tradition of baking began. Unfortunately, Schneider was burned and while she survived with no scars, she was unable to continue the bakery. Instead, she began taking war brides into her home during World War II as they were located near Camp Kilmer in Piscataway, NJ. After the war, a woman who worked with the state asked Schneider to take in an elderly man and a woman with ulcerated legs. She then coaxed Schneider into getting her nursing home license and the family tradition of caring for people was born.

Lockwood believes that baking is simply another way to care for people. “That’s why when I bake, I bake with love. While I’m baking I say my prayers and have my rosary on. I put blessed salt in the cake and a tablespoon of holy water to bless the people who receive the cake.”

Schneider and Lockwood used to bake for everyone. They started baking the Apple Cake when people came to visit. They would pick the apples from their Victory Garden. Lockwood has since simplified the recipe and Parenti has named it “Betty’s Blessing”. Lockwood will make more than 50 cakes this holiday season, not including the cakes she will bring to Renaissance.

Lockwood lived in the house in Dunellen, NJ for 52 years, first for 21 years with her mother and siblings and then for 31 years when she and her husband bought the house to raise their family in. Lockwood knows that Schneider “would have been thrilled with Eileen’s success in the field. She is sitting on board,” she said proudly, “that my mother had applied to when she turned our home into the nursing home.”

About Renaissance Home Health Care and Adult Day Services:
All Renaissance Home Health Care and Adult Day Services offer a full range of individualized services that promote social, physical, and emotional well-being through their home health care and adult day locations serving all five boroughs in NY.  Their Signature Touches philosophy reflects the company’s goal of providing compassionate, professional, and skilled services in the comfort of one’s own home or in a clean, nurturing environment.  For more information, visit www.renaissancehcs.com.

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Renaissance and the Brooklyn Community

Marketing Outside BedfordRenaissance Adult Day Services is always looking for ways to reach it’s community members. We want everyone to know that we are here to be of service to them. So we set up an information table right outside of our doors in Brooklyn with the hopes of introducing ourselves to everyone in the community who doesn’t know  who we are!

Harvest Fesitival at Renaissance Adult Day Services

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Renaissance Adult Day Services welcomed Autumn and the holiday with a Harvest Festival on Thursday, October 30, 2014. There were two celebrations for the three locations. One celebration was at the Bedford location while the two Bronx locations, (787 E. 156th Street) and (625 E. Fordham Road) joined together for the other celebration.

Each location had a costume contest while everyone had fun playing games like bowling and bingo and singing along to karaoke music. They even celebrated the birthday’s of every client who has an October birthday during the party.

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Take Us Out to the Ball Game

Mets Game

On August 18, 2014, many of Renaissance Adult Day Services‘ clients climbed into the Renaissance van and took at trip to the ball game – a Met’s game! Everyone had a great time at the outing, thanks to Councilman Jermaine Williams generosity.

Renaissance Adult Day Services out in the Community

Renaissance Adult Day Services has been busy participating in Health and Community Fairs in the Bronx and in Brooklyn.

On Saturday, August 9, 2014, we were a part of the 3rd Annual Health and Wellness Expo hosted by Healthfirst and many community partners in the Claremont community at Gouevernuer’s Playground in the Bronx. The Health and Wellness Expo featured a Kid’s Zone; Health and Wellness Zone; a Medical Pavilion, and a Get-Fit-Zone, featuring live physical fitness session, cooking demonstrations and a hard/soft-core workout with a professional fitness instructor. People had a great time listening to music, participatingi in various dance interactions as well as entertainment and performances on the main stage throughout the day.

We also were excited to particpate in Council Member Jumaane D. Williams’ 3rd Annual Pre-Labor Day Senior Concert at Amesfort Park in Brooklyn on Wednesday, August 27, 2014.

On Saturday, October 25, 2014, the Brooklyn Renaissance Adult Day Services location was happy to host the Brooklyn Community Development Center’s Graduation with Senator Kevin S. Parker as the Keynote Speaker.

CiCi’s Pizza Field Trip

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On October 2nd, 2014, clients at Renaissance Adult Day Services piled into the Renaissance van and headed over to CiCi’s Pizza Buffet. Everyone had a great time and a great meal!

Bronx Chamber of Commerce Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration

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Renaissance Adult Day Services was pleased to be a part of the Bronx Chamber of Commerce Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration on September 18, 2014. Honorees this year included Dellin Betances and Vanessa Rodriguez of the New York Yankees, WNBC-TVs Darlene Rodriguez, Assemblyman Marcos Crespo, Elizabeth Velez of the Velez Organization, Muralist/Painter Manny Vega and Fordham Road BID’s Wilma Alonso.