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San Domenico School News & Events

How To Help Others While Sheltered In Place

During this difficult time, life as we know it has been put on pause and the usual ways we connect with our community are temporarily unavailable.

That just means we have to be creative and find new ways to connect. Not only does this help break the isolation, but reaching out and helping others allows us to reduce anxiety by shifting the focus from news and social media to sending love and positivity into the world.
It also reinforces the truth of the matter, which is that we will all get through this together!
In the coming weeks, I will be sending some suggestions for ways your family can spend time together helping others. My hope is that it gives you a break from screens, a way to connect with your family and the outside world, and a tool for getting out of your head and into your heart.

Helping Others - Idea #1

Write letters, send cards, draw pictures for grandparents or people in retirement homes
This demographic is the most severely cut off. Retirement homes have stopped allowing people who aren’t paid medical professionals to visit, compounding the isolation and loneliness. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends - everyone would welcome a piece of mail in their mailbox! And it is good practice for using an envelope, writing names and addresses, and seeing where the stamp goes!

Many of our SD students have already developed relationships through Service Learning trips and projects with seniors in our community this year. Specifically, there are four we have visited - Aldersly (Kindergarten), Lourdes Convent (1st Grade), Fireside Apartments for Low Income Seniors (5th Grade) and Bello Gardens (Middle School Service Club). Each of these four facilities said they would enthusiastically welcome letters, cards, and drawings from their friends at SD, amongst many other retirement homes in Marin.

Aldersly & Kindergarten    

Lourdes Convent & 1st Grade

Fireside Apartments & 5th Grade

Bello Gardens & Middle School Service Club

I have no doubt all retirement facilities would welcome cheerful and uplifting notes from children. If your family would like to send some love to the elderly, I am providing a list of facilities and addresses below so you can find one in your town. Who knows, maybe you’ll even get a letter back and have a new pen pal!

— Gail McCallister, Service Learning Coordinator, K-8

Aldersly Retirement Community
326 Mission Ave
San Rafael, CA 94901

Lourdes Convent (Please send to me and I will deliver)
12 Lupine Court
San Rafael, CA 94901

Fireside Apartments
115 Shoreline Highway
Mill Valley, CA 94941
Bello Gardens
46 Mariposa Avenue
San Anselmo, CA 94960

SOME OTHER RETIREMENT HOMES (There are many more!)

Deer Park Retirement Community
646 Canyon Road
Novato, CA 94947

Warner Creek Apartments
806 Diablo Avenue
Novato, CA 94947

Villa Marin
100 Thorndale Drive
San Rafael, CA 94903

Nazareth House
245 Nova Albion Way
San Rafael, CA 94903

Windchime
1111 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
Kentfield, CA 94904

The Tamalpais
510 Via Casitas
Greenbrae, CA 94904

Aegis Living
5555 Paradise Drive
Corte Madera, CA 94925

The Redwoods
40 Camino Alto
Mill Valley, CA 94941