STAPLES —Lakewood Health System in Staples was selected earlier this year as a Springboard for the Arts site to launch an Artists Respond: Combating Social Isolation grant project.

Award recipient and rural artists Peg Churchwell and Heidi Jeub selected Lakewood Health System Care Center to create a yard sign display called “Wisdom Through Windows” to offer joy and solidarity for residents who have endured months of isolation from family and friends.

Lakewood Health System in Staples was selected earlier this year as a Springboard for the Arts site to launch an Artists Respond: Combating Social Isolation grant project. Submitted image / Lakewood Health System
Lakewood Health System in Staples was selected earlier this year as a Springboard for the Arts site to launch an Artists Respond: Combating Social Isolation grant project. Submitted image / Lakewood Health System

The artists encouraged care center residents to share their stories and bits of wisdom to help design inspirational yard signs to showcase around the facility. A total of 39 residents responded to the call. Common themes of family, health and prayer connected residents.

“Every resident expressed the importance of family; it matters so much to them,” Churchwell stated in a news release.

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“Wisdom Through Windows” is on display at the care center for fellow residents to view through their windows, and for the staff and community to enjoy while walking or driving past.