Parade brings retirement community residents, staff together at safe social distance
Highlands Ranch, Colo. – June 22, 2020 – Last week at Wind Crest, a continuing care retirement community developed and managed by Erickson Living, residents and staff joined together in celebration of LGBTQ Pride Month.
Beginning outside the community's Town Center clubhouse, a large and happy crowd kicked off a parade that wove through Wind Crest's scenic campus. Participants and spectators wore masks and practiced appropriate social distancing as they wove their way through the Mill Vista, High Line Overlook and Colorado neighborhoods, waving colorful Pride flags and homemade signs. Spectacular, sunny Colorado weather made for perfect conditions to enjoy the day with friends and neighbors.
"The joy and love that was experienced is beyond words," said Jenn Anderson, Wind Crest Sales Associate. "I'm still flying high with love in my heart!"
The Parade was hosted by Wind Crest's Diversity & Inclusion committee, which works to build awareness, increase understanding and promote a community of respect and caring that embraces the richness of Wind Crest's diverse residents and employees. Dottie Wolcott, who facilitates the group and helped to organize the parade, says that everyone on campus played a role in making the special event a success.
"It was just wonderful; more than I expected. We had a lot of resident participation, staff participation; every department had some sort of contribution," Wolcott said. "It was so nice to many of the dining servers and healthcare workers come out, giving us that energy, dancing, decorating the golf carts, chalk-drawing on the sidewalks; it was marvelous."
Wolcott moved to Wind Crest from Boulder with her spouse last April and quickly joined the Diversity & Inclusion group.
"We felt comfortable here right away; everyone was so welcoming," she continued. "And the parade really reinforced that. People are willing to work together, be accepting. It's just wonderful the support we get. Our group continues to grow with an active and energetic membership."
That energy was palpable on the day of the parade.
"It was just happiness. Everyone was cheerful and laughing," said Wolcott. "It was so powerful. It's beyond words, how I feel."
Photo Caption: Residents and staff at Wind Crest, a retirement community in Highlands Ranch, celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month with a festive, socially-distant parade. A scenic route through the community's campus provided participants and spectators alike the opportunity to take part in the inspiring event.