Pickersgill resident Nancy Heese is always around the campus offering a helping hand. In fact, she finds herself just as active as she was before she moved to the Towson, Maryland retirement community.
“It’s a great community and I like to help out,” Heese said.
Heese has taken over the resident run convenience store and ensures that it is fully stocked with items requested by her fellow residents. The store runs Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to noon and then from 1:30 p.m. to 3, and Heese actively recruits people to work with her in the store during those times.
Heese places the convenience store order every month. She tries to stock items like birthday cards for grandchildren and great-grandchildren frequently, because she knows what her fellow residents like to buy.
She also coordinates with Pickersgill’s knitting club, The Chatty Crafters, to provide a selection of knit gifts such as baby blankets, sashes, and the really popular Baltimore Ravens inspired wreathes.
Additionally, Heese volunteers her time in the Assisted Living side of campus, attending their bingo games on Monday and Thursday mornings. She helps the residents place their markers on bingo cards, call bingo, and assist in any way she can to make the game run smoothly.
Every Thursday afternoon, Heese attends and helps with the event “Contemporary Issues,” where Pickersgill residents engage in an open discussion, word games, and polls. Heese helps pass out the forms and paperwork at the beginning of the meeting and collects them after other residents complete them.
“It’s good for your body to be out and moving, but it is also good for your mind,” Heese said.
Heese is used to being very active and involved. When she was raising her children, she was the “class mother” of her children’s elementary school classes, organized ballet, and ran flea markets on the weekends. After her children grew up, she volunteered often with her church.
She enjoys that Pickersgill allows her to be active in a friendly community.
“My favorite part of Pickersgill is the friendliness of the people,” Heese said. “They made me feel right at home the minute I walked through the door.”
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