It’s been almost a year since Laura Goughnour first took her family to visit Mustang Creek Estates of Sachse, and since then, every time they walk into the senior living community, the residents’ and Goughnour’s children’s faces light up with joy. Goughnour and her husband have five children, ages 3, 6, 9, 11 and 13, and they all volunteer their time at the senior living community on regular basis. Some of the most popular activities among the children and the residents are crafts, baking, and the youngest one enjoys a game of bingo. All of Goughnour’s children are homeschooled and volunteer at Mustang Creek Estates of Sachse as part of their education – teaching them to be compassionate and understanding. Goughnour believes this is something the children wouldn’t learn without volunteering and interacting with seniors.
“It is very important for me to make sure my children understand the value community service brings to their lives,” said Goughnour. “Every time we come to Mustang Creek Estates, the seniors are very excited to see us, and my children are thrilled to visit them as well. During the time we spend at the senior living community, my oldest children often lead some of the creative activities or create supply lists for upcoming crafts. Interaction with the seniors reminds them about the importance of showing love to people around us. We are thankful to have created such a meaningful connection with the residents and the team members at Mustang Creek Estates.”
When the Goughnours realized that their frequent moves would mean that the children were constantly changing schools, they made the decision to homeschool them instead. Homeschooling really works for them because they get to spend more time together as a family. They have always considered volunteerism to be an important learning tool, and in addition to spending time at Mustang Creek Estates of Sachse, they recently started volunteering at a local food pantry. Goughnour believes working with seniors gives children confidence and makes them feel better because they are giving back to the local community.
“Every time we tell our residents that Laura and her children are coming for a visit, they get excited because they love spending time with them,” said Sharon Flowers, executive director of Mustang Creek Estates of Sachse. “It takes a special type of person to open their heart and serve seniors. We are grateful for the kindness and joy Laura’s family brings to our residents. We would not have nearly the same impact without the help of our volunteers, and we are thankful for all who donate their time to come visit us. These individuals positively affect the lives of all the residents, and their efforts give them opportunities to keep growing and learning.”
Mustang Creek Estates of Sachse was recently voted “The Best Place to Volunteer” in the Sachse area. The senior living community has many volunteers who visit on regular basis, and they are always on the lookout for kind people who genuinely enjoy spending time with seniors. The senior living community offers several volunteer opportunities, including the implementation of cooking groups, art classes, fitness classes, special events, entertainment, holidays and parties, sponsorship of birthdays, gardening, or organization of supplies.
If you are interested in learning more about how you can volunteer at Mustang Creek Estates of Sachse, please contact Rosanne Wilcox at 469-974-5517 or firstname.lastname@example.org.