For the March Mini-Cassia Leadership Training we focused on Health & Community Service Providers. We toured through many different companies that all provide a valuable service to our community.
We started off the morning with a Wellness Presentation focused on outlining the most import things to focus on with respect to our physical health. Some of those things were water quality, sleep quality, and air quality. It really is amazing how important the things are that we take into our bodies. We are affected by our surroundings more than we are aware.
Next we toured through Golden Heritage Senior Center. What a wonderful organization that focuses on feeding and providing recreation for the seniors in our community. In addition to providing meals from scratch at their facility, they are a “Meal on Wheels” provider and deliver over 30 Meals on Wheels meals at any given time.
We then toured through Parkview Rehabilitation and Care Center. Under new management, I was impressed with how many different types of services they offer to both their short term and long term care patients. After touring through Parkview, I was touched with how kind and involved all the employees were. They have a genuine care and concern for their patients. There is a sort of reverence walking through Parkview that you do not feel other places.
Touring through Autumn Haven we got to learn a bit about it’s history and just how family oriented the assisted living facility really is. It really was like walking through a very large home. We learned about the different services they offer including “Family Night” on Monday nights. What a wonderful place to work and serve.
The Minidoka Memorial Hospital was a real eye opening experience. I have a new respect for medical facilities and the struggles they face. Keeping on top of all the new technology, providing the best medical service possible as well as continually looking to educate people on health issues.
We also learned how to use fire extinguishers at the West End Fire Department and heard from the Mini Cassia Women & Children Shelter. Lastly, we heard a moving and compelling presentation from the Idaho Meth Project.
The one thing that struck me the most about this leadership day is just how much our service providers rely on volunteers and donations. Most, if not all of these organizations spend countless hours writing grants in hopes of getting extra funds so they can provide more and improved services for their community.
What a heartwarming and eye opening experience it has been for me to see just how much the people in this community love to serve others and reach out to those in need, for whatever reason. Really renews my faith in humanity! If you have an interest in volunteering or getting involved in our community, please contact me at the Chamber of Commerce and I can help you find an avenue to devote to.
Mini Cassia Chamber of Commerce