FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 14, 2016
Contact: Mary Field,
13 Noble’s Pond Crossing
Dover, DE 19904
WITH HER HEART OF GOLD, NOBLE’S POND’S
COLLEEN OSTAFY MAKES THE HOLIDAYS BRIGHT
It’s a rare person who consistently goes out of their way to help those in need to overcome life’s problems. Rarer still is the kind of caring, dedicated individual who can inspire others to join hands and take care of others. Everyone at Noble’s Pond would agree, that person is Colleen Ostafy, the Lifestyle Director for the community.
Says Colleen, “I couldn’t do it without the loving support of the Noble’s Pond residents.” But that’s Colleen being her typical modest self. As the inspiration for and the driving force behind the community’s many charitable efforts, all who know Colleen recognize it’s her tireless determination that’s done so much good for so many people. And while her loving spirit is omnipresent throughout the year, it’s her love for the holiday season that shifts it into high gear. A few examples…
For the past six years, Colleen has led the effort for Noble’s Pond residents and guests to give to the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. Robert Sly, a former marine and active member of the Noble’s Pond veterans’ association, has volunteered to be Colleen’s Go-To Marine Corps liaison for the last three years. Together, they’ve delivered over 1,000 donations to the Toys For Tots program.
Unfortunately, one Noble’s Pond effort was inspired by a most unhappy event. Joey, the grandson of Noble’s Pond residents Joann and John Lawson, was a patient at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Cancer Center. They shared with Colleen how the children there loved playing games and winning Lego’s as prizes. Sadly, Joey did not survive his cancer. But that inspired Colleen to name the holiday tree in the Noble’s Pond Conservatory, “Joey’s Lego Tree.” Now, residents and guests put Lego’s under the tree…with more than over 100 donations already this year. In Joey’s memory, the Lawsons will once again deliver them to the children at Johns Hopkins Children’s Cancer Center.
For three years now, Colleen and her cadre of caring residents have provided assistance to residents of the Shepherds Place, an emergency homeless shelter for families. Together with Noble’s Pond resident Marie DeCarolis, they’ve virtually “adopted” all the children currently residing at the shelter. By providing them with clothes, toys and other necessities, it allows Shepherds Place residents to save the money they earn at their jobs and help them re-establish themselves in their new lives.
Similarly inspired is the four-year Noble’s Pond commitment to the Home Instead Program of Kent County. This unique program was conceived to help seniors remain in their own homes rather than be forced into a nursing home. Home Instead places tags on one of the Noble’s Pond trees showing what people need. Typically, there are requests for cards, pens, note pads, shawls, etc. Noble’s Pond residents then take the tag, buy the requested item and put in under the tree for Home Instead to deliver.
Among Colleen’s favorite holiday events is when she and her troupe of 32 Noble’s Ponders go caroling at the Courtland Manor Nursing Home. While they stroll the hallways singing, resident Bert Riley plays guitar and sings holiday faves in the community room. What’s more, for over 5 years, residents have contributed to purchase items for the residents of the home including toothbrushes, combs, tissues, socks and more. And thanks to Bea Baker and her sister, this year they received knitted shawls and note pad holders that they absolutely love. Even the nurses’ stations are treated to a festive assortment of holiday cookies and candies. Of course what would the Yuletide be without an appearance by Santa and his merry elves.
Needless to say, everyone at Noble’s Pond is extremely proud to know a person so caring and giving as Colleen Ostafy. Clearly, as Lifestyle Director, she inspires residents to go above and beyond, to think about others instead of themselves, and to do what we can to help those in need and those less fortunate. So to Colleen Ostafy, and to the community’s residents and the generous spirit she instilled in them, thank you. You are the “Noble Heart” of Noble’s Pond.
Noble’s Pond is an amenity rich, active adult community, filled with yesterday’s charm but created for today’s active lifestyles. Located just minutes from downtown Dover, Delaware, the community offers unique and customizable floorplans, a breathtaking clubhouse with outdoor pool, kitchen, bocce courts, putting green, pickle ball, tennis courts and a community garden, all situated amid the serene surroundings of Noble’s Pond. The Noble’s Pond Welcome Center, Clubhouse and Model Homes are open Monday through Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sunday Noon to 5pm. For more information call 1.888.222.0030 or visit www.noblespondhomes.com.