Kelly Garcia, Sachse HS senior with Mustang Creek
Senior residents of Mustang Creek Estates of Sachse and students from Sachse High School have formed a special bond over the past few months, as the students volunteer at the senior living community and spend time with the residents on a regular basis. To show their appreciation, Mustang Creek Estates of Sachse recently hosted a graduation party for the Sachse High School seniors at the senior living community. Students and residents enjoyed traditional cookout food such as smoked beef brisket, baked beans and potato salad. During this celebration, residents shared words of wisdom with the students and gave them letters with advice along with a homemade gift box with chocolate as a thank you for the time they’ve shared together.
“Before the holidays, I approached the team at Mustang Creek Estates of Sachse to ask if there were any volunteer opportunities for me and the rest of the students. I was happy to find out about the opportunity to visit the community and hang out with the residents. We have been coming to Mustang Creek Estates ever since, and it has been an amazing experience,” said Kelly Garcia, Sachse High School senior. “It is rewarding to see how much the seniors enjoy our visits, and we have learned so much from one another.”
During the visits at Mustang Creek Estates of Sachse, the students help residents decorate for special events, they bake cookies together or tell stories to one another. In the past they wrote thank-you letters to soldiers overseas and celebrated the holidays. Since the students graduate this month, the residents and the Mustang Creek Estates team decided to host this event to show their appreciation. In addition, graduation from high school is a big step in the students’ lives, and the residents want to share with them words of wisdom based on their own personal experiences.
“By volunteering their time, the students make a positive impact on the lives of our residents. They form strong connections, and the graduation party is our way of thanking them,” said Sharon Flowers, executive director of Mustang Creek Estates of Sachse. “It is truly heartwarming and refreshing to see the interaction between two generations, and we are honored to have a partnership with Sachse High School.”
Studies show that active seniors who engage with members of younger generations experience less depression and better physical health. Mustang Creek Estates consistently finds ways to connect with the surrounding community and people of all ages. Mustang Creek Estates – whose mission is to provide seniors with high-quality residential-style assisted living and memory care at an affordable price – has additional locations in Allen, Frisco, Burleson and Keller.