Garden Terrace Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence in Overland Park, Kan., celebrated National Nursing Home Week 2012 with a cruise-around-the-world theme culminating in a ceremony honoring associates who have become United States citizens.
On May 18, associates presented flowers to four associates. Amare Haboro, registered nurse, and Desalegn Woldetsadik and Yetem Fekadeselassie, dietary associates, are from Ethiopia, and Sousan Mozafari, certified nursing assistant, is from Iran.
These associates shared their stories and why they chose to be a part of this country.
“I wanted to be part of a community,” said Haboro, who had been working in the States since 2006 when he went through the naturalization process in 2011. “I planned to stay and work here, so I wanted to participate fully.”
When asked what his favorite part of being a citizen was, Haboro answered, “The freedom, being treated fairly and the opportunity to succeed.”
Leading up to this day, residents and associates “cruised” to several locales. For Africa, Bruce Hodges, in-house physician, brought bronze statues of animals and African artifacts, and associates brought in and modeled authentic African dresses. For Mexico, residents enjoyed a fiesta with a live mariachi band. For Australia, dietary associates served grilled shrimp and steak on the barbie. The facility also celebrated the Hawaiian Islands with a luau, Hawaiian dancers and fresh fruit.