This is my first time at Riverwood, and so far it’s been awesome. I started the day helping weed the back yard. Then we went and helped lift some boxes. We went over to the place where the girls were washing the cars and had the biggest water fight ever. When we went over to were the residents live and had dinner I was able to help Becky with her food. If you don’t know who Becky is, you can tell her your birthday and your brother’s and sister’s birthday and all of your relatives birthdays and she can repeat it back to you. She was really amazing and fun to be with.
– Cannon Romans
I’ve been having a really great time here at Riverwood. There is lots of work to do, but it is very enjoyable because we know that we are doing it to help the residents here. Speaking of the residents, they are really friendly and really nice. My view of what I thought Riverwood would be like is totally different then what it actually is. The residents here are a lot more high-functioning then I expected. They can carry on a great conversation and they barely needed any help from us. It is a really interesting experience to get to know them and to learn that underneath their disabilities, they are really kind and loving. I am greatly looking forwards to my remaining days here at Riverwood and for the amazing things I can do for God’s kingdom.
– Josh Gregory
As a returning member on this team I sorta had an idea about how things would be. Such as the kind of chores we would be doing, where we would stay and so on. The one thing I didn’t expect was the residents to remember me. It was amazing. While we were waiting to eat dinner, one of the residents named Kenny came up to me and asked me to hold his stuffed monkey named George while he went to put something in his room. The cool part about it was that Kenny really has to trust you to hold George because it is very dear to him. Then when we were going to eat dinner we had to get one of the residents. So I looked around for someone to buddy with and on one of walls one of the leaders, Mrs. Julie was standing there with two of the residents so she told one of them to be my buddy. That resident’s name was Christy. She remembered who I was and said “I remember you”. Then she took my hand and held it the rest of the time I was with her. I loved how I saw the people from last year and talk to them as well as met new residents. I can’t wait for next year.
– Sarah Singleton