Smiles of staff members at Siena Lakes, an Erickson Senior Living community in Naples, Fla, are shining brighter than tinsel this holiday season, thanks to residents’ generous donations to the 2022 Staff Appreciation Fund (SAF).
Each year, Siena Lakes residents donate to the SAF as a way of recognizing the community’s hourly employees, who work diligently to provide them an industry-leading level of service.
The funds are then dispersed among Siena Lakes’ eligible employees, which include dining associates, security officers, maintenance workers, housekeepers, and medical and nursing assistants—all of whom are more than merry year-round.
In 2022 alone, Siena Lakes residents contributed $219,000 to the SAF, and staff members are eager to share their gratitude.
At a “red carpet” event on December 6 that decked the halls, residents had the opportunity to express their appreciation in person. Resident Advisory Council members handed out checks on behalf of Siena Lakes residents looking on from throughout the Clubhouse. Residents clapped and cheered as the checks were distributed. Employees were able to share their thanks personally as they mingled. Refreshments were served and employees signed a large thank you poster to show their appreciation. It was a celebratory time for both residents and employees.
The spirit of the tight-knit community, bolstered by this teamwork and residents’ desire to give back, doesn’t go unrecognized by Siena Lakes leaders.
“At Siena Lakes, we genuinely care for one another, and I think our residents’ generosity is a reflection of that,” says Resident Services Manager, Craig Ellsworth. “Our employees work hard to provide a true maintenance-free lifestyle, and residents realize how much better their lives are because of it.”