Services Success Stories

See how our Resident Services programs empower residents to improve their lives.

Sadia and friends at the Stanford game.

After School Program

Sadia D.

Open Doors, Los Gatos

Sadia D. is currently a senior at Stanford University, but without the After School Program at Open Doors, she may have never walked the path toward higher education.

“The After School Program was part of my daily routine,” Sadia recalls. “It provided me with the focus to study and encouragement to dream.”

When Sadia moved to Open Doors with her family at age five, she discovered a sense of community there like she never had before. Sadia made a great group of friends, and they all participated in the After School Program together. She remembers doing her homework, solving puzzles, working on the computer, getting tutored in Spanish, and participating in academic lessons with her fellow youth residents.

Attending every day gave Sadia and her friends the push to do better in school, build relationships, and achieve more. By the time she reached high school, Sadia became a volunteer and helped the younger youth residents in the After School Program. During the school year she tutored and served as a Recreational Coordinator in the summers, coordinating field trips and other activities.

“The After School Program really helped me to develop good and productive habits for focusing on my studies,” says Sadia. “I also learned the value of community through the Program.”

Sadia, her friends at Open Doors, and even her siblings all ended up attending college. Sadia’s older brother graduated from Stanford and her two younger sisters are attending Stanford and Cornell. One friend is at Perdue, and another is at Berkeley – making for a lighthearted college rivalry between two best friends.

“Looking back on the After School Program and what it’s done for our community, it’s amazing.” Sadia says. “It gave us direction and an avenue to flourish.”

Check out the After School Program in action. Watch this video.

 

Wen with her husband and granddaughter at Monte Vista Terrace

Senior Services Program

Huaiwen W.

Monte Vista Terrace, Mountain View

Two years ago, Huaiwen (Wen) W. and her husband moved to Monte Vista Terrace – a beautiful affordable housing community in Mountain View where they could be closer to their daughter who lives in Sunnyvale, engage in many social activities with fellow senior residents, and age in place with the assistance of MidPen Resident Services.

“We have benefitted from so many services and activities that have enabled us to live independently,” says Wen.

Wen participates in onsite balance therapy sessions.

The Senior Services Program assists with many aspects of Wen and her husband’s lives. They have been referred for the In-Home Support Service program which helps them with cleaning, cooking meals, and other tasks that are harder for seniors to do for themselves. The Outreach program helps the couple with their transportation to and from Monte Vista Terrace.

Onsite, Wen and her husband receive physical, occupational, and balance therapies from visiting doctors and other medical professionals. Wen has even attended several educational workshops ranging from daily living skills like keeping food safe to ESL classes. The ESL classes inspired Wen and other residents to form an English club called the “English Corner” where they can practice the language – apt for the former junior high school teacher who taught Russian when she lived in China!

“I am so thankful for the activities, classes, and programs that the Services staff provides,” Wen says. “I have made great strides here at Monte Vista Terrace. I want to be a part of this community for the rest of my life!”