Thursday, August 15, 2013

Introducing AHCA/NCAL's 2013 Young Adult Volunteer of the Year, Josh Sosebee!

AHCA/NCAL applauds Josh Sosebee of East Ridge, Tennessee on his 2013 Young Adult Volunteer of the Year Award!

Josh, age 16, has been a notable volunteer of Life Care Center of East Ridge, a 130-bed long term care facility, for the last four years. During his time at Life Care Center, Josh has cultivated strong relationships with residents, and has developed several programs to better address their needs.

Josh created Canning for a Cause, a weekly canning program to can vegetables and other items to raise money for organizations that residents support. He also formulated a men’s discussion program and organizes activities like poker and model car events. Residents particularly enjoy helping with the local animal shelter’s adoption events through Josh’s Pet Adoption Program.

“Josh’s intention is to better the lives of men and women who may feel as if society has passed them by,” said Beecher Hunter, President of Life Care Centers of America in his nomination of Josh. “He acknowledges the residents’ importance by his gifts of time, attention, compassion and kindness. He is a builder of intergenerational bridges.”

Josh has impacted the volunteer pool at Life Care Center of East Ridge. Whenever the facility holds a special event, Josh brings a friend, and more often than not, those friends continue to volunteer.

“There is no one better than Josh at sitting one-on-one with residents,” said Ben Zani, LNHA at Life Care Center of East Ridge in his nomination of Josh. “We will often send him in to speak with our more difficult residents, as he can reach them in a way that no one else can.”

Josh’s dedication to serving others will be recognized at the AHCA/NCAL 64th Annual Convention & Expo in Phoenix, Arizona, on October 6-9, 2013.

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