Members of the Otterbein Cridersville Board, staff donors and Chamber of Commerce gather for the ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of the Rivers of Joy Life Enrichment Center. Cutting the ribbon is Edith Rivers a resident who donated more than $250,000. Otterbein Cridersville honored Edith by naming the center after her. (Staff photo/Michelle Meunier)
On Monday afternoon Jared Lehman, executive director of Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices Cridersville welcomed guests to a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Life Enrichment Center.
“’Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse,” Lehman said, explaining the anticipation and excitement that fills the home on Christmas Eve. “Children cannot sleep, they stay awake and pretend they’re sleeping and of course in the morning before the sun has risen they are up and all over the house waiting to see what Santa has brought them.”
Lehman said long before he arrived at Otterbein six years ago, the concept and dream of this Life Enrichment Center had already been made known. Residents, staff and community members knew a community room, fitness center and pool would benefit them greatly.
Many would agree with Lehman that Monday was a very special day for the life enrichment of the residents in the Otterbein Cridersville community.
“You might say today our Christmas morning has arrived,” Lehman said before introducing former resident council president, Pat Smith.
For the full story, see the Wednesday, May 7 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.