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Shoreham Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) hosts a Day of Belonging

An Afternoon of Remembrance, Respect, and Renewal

A collage of photos from the Day of BelongingOn June 18, a Day of Belonging was held at the Shoreham Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) with over 60 people in attendance under sunny skies. This event was months in the making, embodying the themes of remembrance, respect, and renewal.

The event began with a gathering in the sensory garden, where attendees decorated rocks with messages of kindness and hope. There, they listened to inspiring words of inclusion, acceptance, and reflection from staff, administrators, and community members.

The Day of Belonging honored the legacy of Shayna Staton, a dedicated Residential Manager, and Brian Mason, a beloved resident of the Rosewood Building, and all people we have lost over the past two years. All have left a lasting impact on the ICF community with their lessons of gentleness, acceptance, loyalty, and love.

The ceremony included heartfelt singing and the release of bright red and orange butterflies, symbolizing renewal and remembrance as well as marking the Juneteenth holiday, celebrating the freedom for all. Both Shayna and Brian had a bench dedicated in their honor, serving as a tangible reminder of their impact.

Jerry Powers, Director of Residential Services, reflected, “True belonging is the practice of believing in and belonging to yourself so deeply that you can share your most authentic self with the world…We cannot belong if we don’t choose to make the effort to engage with others.”

The Shoreham ICF remains deeply grateful to all those who make the effort to engage and welcome the people we support, our staff and their families and we look forward to welcoming you for a walk through our Sensory Garden!

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