VPG Couple Celebrates Special Ties to Thanksgiving as Descendants of Mayflower

Living on the South Shore of Massachusetts, Thanksgiving is a time of year not only to be grateful for all we have but also to reflect upon the journey our ancestors made from England to the new world, first landing locally in nearby Plymouth, Massachusetts.

In September 1620, just over 130 passengers and crew members boarded the Mayflower in search of a better life and made the journey across the Atlantic. Of that group, just 53 survived the first winter.

According to TheMayflowerSociety.org, “In 1897, the General Society of Mayflower Descendants was established to pay homage to the Pilgrims through preservation and education. The Mayflower Society now has a network of more than 54 member societies across the world. [Its] members have formed lifelong bonds together while honoring the sacred legacy of our ancestors.”

Two of these Mayflower descendants are Mary Ann and David Worthington – current residents of the Village at Proprietors Green in Marshfield.

“We first met during our college years on the UMASS Campus,” recalled Mary Ann Worthington. “As we got to know each other, we found out that we are both descendants of passengers on the Mayflower. Today, we are both proud members of the Society of Mayflower Descendants!”

Pictured: Mary Ann and David Worthington, Village at Proprietors Green residents, proudly showcasing their document proving their Mayflower ties.

Coincidentally, Mary Ann Worthington has a direct link to Isaac Allerton – one of the many reasons she was so excited to be living at Village at Proprietors Green’s Allerton House! Allerton was one of the original Pilgrim fathers who came on the Mayflower to settle the Plymouth Colony in 1620. Allerton is an ancestor of Presidents of the United States Zachary Taylor and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Due to their unique ties to the local area through their individual genealogies, both Mary Ann and David were interested in settling closer to their roots back on the South Shore of Massachusetts.

“We’re getting on in years and we wanted to have a wonderful place to live,” shared the couple. “Well, here we are at Allerton House at Village at Proprietors Green in Marshfield! We’ve made all kinds of friends. We love being back in Massachusetts after having lived in Florida, Connecticut, and other places. We are just delighted to be here!”

Mandatory Welch Senior Living Staff Vaccination Policy

As the Delta variant surges, research-based evidence suggests that the COVID-19 vaccination provides us with the greatest opportunities to safeguard the health of our residents and the community at large from COVID-19. As such, Welch Senior Living has implemented a mandatory COVID-19 staff vaccination policy, effective Wednesday, September 1, requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for all employees. In making this decision, Village at Proprietors Green leadership has reviewed the latest data and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and more. I thank each member of our staff for their ongoing commitment to providing the highest quality care possible during these unprecedented times. Our primary concern both with the adoption of this organization-wide COVID-19 staff vaccination policy and with every decision we make is to keep our residents, their families, staff, and all others, healthy and safe. – Tom Bell

Welch Senior Living Honors “Promise Keepers” at Annual Staff Recognition and Awards Dinner

Opening the Welch Senior Living 2018 Awards Dinner by congratulating the staff on their role as the “Promise Keepers,” Principal Paul T. Casale reminded employees that they are the ones who provide the care, comfort, energizing activities, and home-like atmosphere that ensure residents a wonderful life, and families, peace of mind. Casale said that keeping the promise is all about providing a “culture of caring” and “doing the right thing.”

This staff commitment and longevity of service at the senior living company was celebrated throughout the evening, culminating with the formal awards presentation for individuals who have been with the company five years or longer. This year many awards were given to employees who have been with Welch Senior Living for 15 years or longer.

Casale made special mention of the recent Ribbon Cutting Ceremony held at Allerton House at Central Park, marking the grand opening of the new Memory Care Neighborhood and Independent Living Expansion at the Weymouth community.

Welch Senior Living comprises five assisted living communities along the South Shore, and one senior living community in Brighton, as well as two retirement living communities – one in Duxbury and the other in Marshfield. Village Home Services is located at The Village at Duxbury. Mary McLean of Allerton House at Harbor Park in Hingham was honored as Employee of the Year. The annual awards presentation was held at Indian Pond Country Club in Kingston.

Welch Senior Living principals and family members attending the Staff Recognition and Awards Dinner include (L to R): Paul T. Casale, principal, and his wife Claire Casale; Susan Casale, wife of Paul Casale Jr., executive director of Allerton House in Weymouth; Alice Welch and her husband Richard Welch, principal of Welch Senior Living. Principal Michael Welch and his wife were unable to attend.

Trust Me, says Author Hank Phillippi Ryan

Author and journalist Hank Phillippi Ryan had the audience at Trust Me, the title of her new psychological suspense thriller. The book was named one of the best thrillers of the summer. Ryan engaged Council on Aging members from Marshfield as she talked about the novel, speaking as part of the Marshfield COA’s ever-popular Pub Chat series. At the heart of the thriller is the question, “Who can you trust?” Ryan signed copies for fans. Continue reading “Trust Me, says Author Hank Phillippi Ryan”

Village at Proprietors Green and Staff Member Retta Dwyer are Notable Fund-raisers for South Shore Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Retta Dwyer, of Village at Proprietors Green (VPG), is the second highest individual fund-raiser with a total of $9,290 in the South Shore Walk to End Alzheimer’s. This year the Walk was held at Nelson Park in Plymouth. The Total raised by Team VPG is $14,850. Welch Senior Living is this year’s top South Shore group fund-raiser with over $15,000 raised for the Walk. Welch Senior Living was a Silver Sponsor this year. Continue reading “Village at Proprietors Green and Staff Member Retta Dwyer are Notable Fund-raisers for South Shore Walk to End Alzheimer’s”