Thanking the greatest generation

Mount students visit Johnes-Holden Home
November 25, 2013
Newburgh, NY -

JHH Thanksgiving 2013

More than a dozen Mount Saint Mary College students had Thanksgiving dessert with residents of the Johnes-Holden Home recently.

With good food, elegant atmosphere, and great company, it felt just like a cozy family dessert – with a very big family – on Thanksgiving.

More than a dozen students from Mount Saint Mary College’s Aging United club and the Delta Leadership Society recently shared cookies, cake, and camaraderie with residents at Johnes-Holden Home in Newburgh, NY. After dessert, the students treated residents to a round of Thanksgiving crafts.

Aging United President Nick Marano of Merrick, NY said club members were excited to celebrate Thanksgiving with Johnes-Holden Home residents.

“We’re letting them know: We really do care about you, and respect you, and thank you for all you’ve done,” explained Marano. “Our current society is possible because of them…which we sometimes take for granted today.”


Margaret Taft of Cortlandt Manor, NY, a student at Mount Saint Mary College, visits with a Johnes-Holden Home resident.

Aging United is sponsored by the Mount’s Center on Aging and Policy (CAP). Established in 2006, CAP is dedicated to excellence in research and scholarship in the field of gerontology. It is a national resource for the Area Agencies on Aging.

Including Marano, Aging United members were: Anna Salvatore of East Lyme, CT; Rachel Berglund of Vernon, CT; Margaret Taft of Cortlandt Manor, NY; Jennifer Stosch of North Babylon, NY; Kimberly Marchetti of Poughkeepsie, NY; Heather Nolan of New Hyde Park, NY; Kerri Hennessy of East Northport, NY; Emily Tompkins of Poughkeepsie, NY; Samantha Popel of Milford, CT; and Brenna Kennedy of Ellenville, NY.

Delta Leadership Society members in attendance were: Emily Blew of Columbus, NJ, club president; Annie Nguyen of Brooklyn, NY; and Erica Patrona of Yonkers, NY.

A community service club, Delta Leadership Society promotes on- and off-campus service events, including community clean-ups and health fairs.


Mount student Rachel Berglund of Vernon, CT, and a resident of the Johnes-Holden Home, swap Thanksgiving stories.