Bringing generations together allows for learning, understanding and making connections. Kavod works with the following organizations:
LinkAGES at Kavod Senior Life: Kavod is part of LinkAGES Colorado which is a larger collaboration of organizations funded by the Strear Family Foundation to promote intergenerational connectivity. As a collaborative partner of LinkAGES Colorado, Kavod has partnered with:
- The Bnai Havurah B’nai Mitzvah Program to bring students and residents together to celebrate holidays through creative programs, a food drive and Havdalah Service.
- The East High School Jewish Student Connection of JEWISHcolorado brings students and residents together through food related programming such as, rugelach baking, sukkot decorating and honoring Yom Hashoah.
- The University of Denver for students and resident to connect through photographs. Led and conceptualized by DU Associate Professor Roddy MacInnes, the exhibit captures the stories of both residents and students through sharing one photograph that means the most to each. Connection and bonds quickly formed as they shared stories which were personal, touching, insightful, enlightening and sometimes painful. These shared life experiences broadened their understanding of humanity, fostered empathy and compassion and created new memories that will last a lifetime.
- Hillel Academy:
- The Adopt-a-Grandma program partners middle and high school girls with our “Grandma” residents to play board games and develop long-term relationship.
- The Wii Bowling Sunday program matches middle and high school boys with our resident bowlers for a monthly competition.
- Regis University:
- Kavod is a designated service learning site for pharmacy, nursing, and/or counseling students. Students and residents engage in a variety of programs that foster discussion, education, empathy and compassion.
Music and Memory: This program uses music as a tool to unlock memories and spark joy for those who suffer from dementia. With the help of a student volunteer, a playlist of music is created that is personally meaningful. Then partners get to listen to the music together, talk about what they like about it, why it is important to them, and share any stories they may have associated with it.
Opening Minds through Art (OMA): OMA, an international program, uses art to promote autonomy and creativity in the lives of our residents, while fostering intergenerational relationships. Student volunteers work one-on-one with the same partner each week to create a pre-planned abstract art project. As the focus is on building relationships, the volunteer does not need any art experience, just the ability and desire to be patient, non-judgmental and relational.