A Prayer Shawl Ceremony was held at Wesley Village on Wednesday, March 30 to bless more than 50 prayer shawls and lap robes that were hand-knit by staff, residents, and volunteers from the campus communities of Crosby Commons, Wesley Heights, Lifestyle Transitions, and Bishop Wicke Health and Rehabilitation Center.

The event was organized by Barbara Quinn, Director of Volunteer Services for Wesley Village, and featured a candle-lighting, reading, and blessing of the shawls, which was performed by Chaplain Cathy Nickse, Coordinator of Spiritual Care for the Wesley Village Campus.

Shawls were then donated to Masonicare Home Health and Hospice to share with patients in need and those receiving end of life care. Many thanks to Masonicare Volunteer Coordinators, Sue Laughlin and Cindy Kemp, and Spiritual and Bereavement Coordinator, Rev. Paul R. Ricard for their help with this special event.

Since 2004, Wesley Village has donated more than 3,200 prayer shawls to provide comfort and peace to those in need. Truly a collaborative effort, volunteers of the campus work together throughout the year to raise funds to purchase yarn and knit shawls to share them with others. A message of hope and love is attached to each shawl before it is given away.

To learn more about becoming a volunteer at Wesley Village, contact Volunteer Services at 203-925-4952 or visit our website at . Wesley Village is a campus of senior living and care communities in Shelton, including Crosby Commons Independent & Assisted Living Community, Wesley Heights Independent and Assisted Living Apartments and Cottages, Lifestyle Transitions Memory Care, and Bishop Wicke Health and Rehabilitation Center. The campus is located at 580 Long Hill Avenue and is owned and operated by United Methodist Homes.