Peers at the Dorothy Bearse Apartments demonstrate the significance of feeling at home
Hyannis, MA – September 19, 2012 – The special day began with a single thought, and before they knew it, the peers at the Dorothy Bearse Apartments (DBA) had turned the idea of hosting a neighborhood barbeque into a reality.
This peer-initiated, peer-driven event was one that participants say they will remember forever. Based upon a gathering depicted in a children’s book called Stone Soup, the neighbors at DBA brought together what each had at home to celebrate the day.
A staff member who was working the day of the barbeque said, “this event is the epitome of what we strive for our persons served to cohesively accomplish. A little bit of work and a lot of heart and pride can move mountains. I’m so glad that I got to see this because it made my heart melt.”
As the “grill master” prepared the grill, everyone gathered to socialize and share thoughts about the end of another summer on Cape Cod. “When we’re together, we are not residents, consumers, or persons served,” one peer said. “We are just peers.”
Earlier this summer, outdoor tables and chairs were donated to the courtyard space at DBA. Without the efforts of a particular peer to obtain this donation, many believe the barbeque would not have been the same. Pride in DBA can be found throughout the community. As one peer said, “there are a few more smiles at DBA.”
For more information about DBA and FHR on Cape Cod, please contact Regional Director Nancy Murray at 508-495-1594.