Ruby Mae is a great-grandparent that is raising her 3 great-grandchildern.
ACCA is celebrating Grandparents Day all week by featuring some of our inspiring Grandparents Raising Grandchildren participants on our Facebook Page. Below are some of the quotes from our wonderful grandparents and relative caregivers that will be featured this week.
“The beautiful gift of love that I see and feel when I see their smiling little faces.”
“Enjoy them while you can. Enjoy watching them try new things. Listen to them and help when you can.”
“Whatever our grandchildren are going through in life; we need to let them know that we will be there for them. The door is always open and we want them to get on the right track. We need to teach them to seek God’s kingdom first.”
“I enjoy receiving the love that they give to me, seeing how they come to me for help in any situation, and teaching them to be obedient and have respect for themselves and other adults.”
For more information about the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program, click HERE.
ACCA was so excited to have Sous chef, Joel Penn from The National conducting a cooking demo and tasting of Sauteed Farro and Fresh Vegetables for our Center for Active Living members this week. Live well. Age well.
Sauteed Farro and Fresh Vegetables
1 cup Farro
3 cups water or vegetable stock
Salt (to taste)
1/3 cup chopped okra
1/3 cup chopped carrot
1/3 cup chopped onion
1/3 cup chopped zucchini
2 Tbsp greek yogurt
Combine farro and water in medium saucepan. Add salt to taste. Bring to a boil over high eat and then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until farro is tender. Drain and cool. Heat olive oil in saute pan over medium high heat until hot. Add sliced vegetables. Saute for 4 minutes or until lightly brown. Add cooked farro and saute for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve and top with greek yogurt.
Pictured L to R: Jennie Deese, CEO of ACCA; Donald Raines, Center for Active Living Member; Andrew Thorne, Representative of US Congressman Paul C. Broun; Kenna McConnell, Center for Active Living Manager; and Franklin Morrison, Center for Active Living Member
Recently, Donald, a Center for Active Living member wrote a letter to Congressman Paul C. Broun. In the letter, Donald wrote about his time at ACCA and how much he enjoys coming to the Center for Active Living each day. In his letter, he requested a few things from Mr. Broun, one of them being “To work with the staff of ACCA so that it shall always be sufficiently funded so that the Athens seniors shall continue to enjoy and to experience that activities, services, events and programs ACCA offers.” Donald told us about the letter but did not expect to get anything in return. Well, he did! The office responded telling Donald that either Congressman Paul Broun or an office representative wanted to visit ACCA in the next couple of weeks. This morning, Andrew Thorne, a representative from Broun’s office came to visit ACCA and talk with Donald. Kenna McConnell, Center for Active Living Program Director, had this to say “My heart is filled with joy to know that our clients are putting themselves out there and advocating for ACCA!” Thank you Donald and we appreciate the attention you brought to ACCA.