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November Residential Series: Thanksgiving at Home

This November, leading up to #GivingTuesday, we will be highlighting different aspects of our residential program! This week, we took a glimpse at what Thanksgiving looks like for our residents.

Here at Triangle, Inc., Thanksgiving is a holiday that we look forward to celebrating together. For our residents, this means that staff members help build a meaningful and special holiday for the people who stick around for the day. We visited house manager Diane Paterakis at our home on Grandview Avenue in Saugus, where the doors are open to any residents who choose to stay at the house for Thanksgiving. We learned about how they make the day special for everyone, going above and beyond to foster a strong sense of community.

Attendance varies from year to year, as some residents spend the day with relatives who live nearby. Those who stay are sometimes joined by residents and staff members from our other homes, making Grandview a great place for all to celebrate the holiday!

In previous years, staff members bought pre-cooked food from Boston Market for the big meal. Things changed when a local church, Blessed Sacrament in Saugus, began to get more involved with the residence. They kindly donate a full Thanksgiving spread: turkey, stuffing, cornbread, cranberry sauce, and all the fixings. The meal is cooked by staff members the day before the holiday, ensuring that there are plenty of hands available to help out. Residents who enjoy cooking also pitch in, and anyone is welcome to contribute.

On Thanksgiving day, residents wake up when they want and enjoy a relaxing, laid-back morning. It’s a special occasion at Grandview, so people usually dress up for the meal, and the house is decorated for the season. Dinner is served in the dining room in the late afternoon, and everyone looks forward to coming together over such a great meal.

On a day revolving around food, friends, and family, we are proud of everyone who goes the extra mile to provide the best possible experience for our residents. This makes it abundantly clear how our houses are truly home for everyone!

On behalf of everyone at Triangle, Inc., happy Thanksgiving!

Don’t forget that #GivingTuesday is next week! Please consider making a donation to Triangle, Inc. to support our residential program – support a home, not a house!

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November Residential Series: A Profile of Paula F.

This November, leading up to #GivingTuesday, we will be highlighting different aspects of our residential program! This week, we caught up with Paula F. to learn more about life in Triangle’s homes. 

Paula has lived in Triangle, Inc.’s warm and inviting home on Catherine Drive in Peabody since August 2017, but her roots are deep in the surrounding community. A Peabody native, Paula grew up just down the street. She loves the neighborhood, and when asked, she exclaimed, “There’s no place like Peabody!” Paula knows her neighbors well, and frequently takes walks to visit with them and catch up.

Moving into Triangle’s Catherine Drive home has provided Paula with great opportunities for personal growth. She has become more independent since she joined us, gaining home alone time through training around household safety. Paula is also a wonderful housemate and spends considerable time with the four other women who live in the home. She cares deeply about everyone she lives with, and is very supportive of those around her.

Always eager to help, Paula volunteered to be a greeter at Triangle’s Annual Celebration in May. She enjoyed the event so much that she volunteered again at our Annual Golf Tournament in October. She did a great job at both events, offering a friendly welcome to all attendees and helping to spread the word about our organization.

When Paula isn’t spending time with her housemates or helping out at Triangle’s events, she works two days a week at Big Y (formerly Hannaford). As a loyal employee, she’s worked at the same location for 17 years! On the days she doesn’t work, Paula loves being outdoors, and attends programming through a local nonprofit. In her free time, she takes walks around the neighborhood, and occasionally rides around on a bike when the weather is nice. In Paula’s words, “If it’s a beautiful day, I’m going to be outside.” When the weather isn’t quite as nice, Paula enjoys spending time shopping with her two sisters. Having supportive family nearby has been an integral part in Paula’s smooth transition to living in the house.

Paula serves as a positive and kind representative of Triangle, and we are inspired by her loyalty and perseverance. We are lucky to have her in our Catherine Drive home!

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