Return to Marbridge: Sofa Potatoes Volunteers

This previous week, Sofa Potatoes workers traded the couches and clients for work gloves and water bottles. We headed all the way down to the Marbridge Basis, a non-profit residential neighborhood that gives lifetime care to these with cognitive and mental disabilities.

We first grew to become concerned with the Marbridge Basis after Becca McPherson, Vice-President of Improvement, watched how Sofa Potatoes helped the larger neighborhood with the ice storm final 12 months. As a furnishings retailer, we imagine that our mission ought to transcend promoting couches, and the Marbridge Basis equally goes past a nursing facility. The Marbridge Basis is one in three that may serve the life-long care of adults with mental and cognitive disabilities. They don’t simply accommodate their residents; they specialise in caring for them and enabling them to thrive. There are residents of their licensed expert nursing amenities which have down syndrome of their 70’s and 80’s—which is remarkable in different places.

This is not the primary time we have been grateful sufficient to get the chance to assist out Marbridge, as we visited final 12 months to assist get their campus prepared for the vacations. With this go to, we acquired to assist with landscaping throughout the 200-acre campus. Let’s check out our day again at Marbridge!


Landscapers for a Day

There are 3 totally different care communities which might be persevering with to broaden: The Villa, The Ranch, and The Village—the latter being the neighborhood that began our partnership with Marbridge. A brand new cottage was constructed for the Village, they usually needed McPherson to supervise the furnishing of it.

people weeding in a garden, it's tranquil and peaceful. People are volunteering in a garden to help with the lanscaping.

Our workers are arduous at work weeding across the Villa.

Our volunteers had been divided into 3 teams that might do landscaping on the soccer area, the admin constructing, and the Villa. It was a HOT day, however fortunately a few of our volunteers introduced their solar hats and wore underneath armour beneath their blue Sofa Potatoes t-shirts.

man wearing a sun hat and holding a rake. He is volunteering, and helping with the landscaping.

 Fernando was ready along with his personal gloves, hat, and even his personal shovel.

Every group had their very own set of duties to finish. The group on the soccer area shoveled mulch into the again of pick-up vehicles after which transported it, and the opposite two teams labored on landscaping across the admin constructing and the Villa.

3 women work together gardening. They hold rakes, and move the mulch on the ground. They are volunteering and wear their blue volunteering t shirts

The Admin constructing wanted some sturdy girls to tear up that mulch.

Teamwork made the duties and the time, fly by. Music was taking part in from the audio system, the work was therapeutic, and workers acquired a possibility to speak to folks from totally different departments or shops they would not in any other case have interacted with. It was a pleasant break from the routine of furnishings promoting, and it would not damage to know you are helping individuals who respect the assistance.


A Place of Peace

Marbridge could have wanted some assist with the landscaping, however you would not discover that strolling round its picturesque campus. It’s a place of stability, the place adults with cognitive disabilities can age in place, and age peacefully. There is a area with horses (and an lovable donkey), an amphitheater with loads of seating, and lovely buildings constructed with a considerate and aware path on their placements.

Simply being there for the 4 hours that we had been, it was clear that the Marbridge Basis locations consolation and peace on the prime of their priorities for each their residents and their friends. We had such a good time working collectively as a workforce and giving again to our neighborhood. We will not wait to come back again and go to Marbridge once more quickly!

For those who’re excited by testing the Marbridge Basis, take a look at their web site and hit the tab “Get Concerned”. From there, you possibly can discover the alternative ways to volunteer or donate! And if you wish to keep up to date on our subsequent volunteering occasion, observe us on Instagram @atxcouchpotatoes. We’ll see you quickly!

Discover a hidden easter egg

read more


other articles