The Palms at Ponte Vedra held a Thanksgiving celebration with its residents for the first time in a couple of years.
According to executive director Barbara Matteson, the postponement of the celebration had been due to several factors starting with the COVID-19 pandemic and then trouble finding staff to help put on the event in the years to follow.
However, they have weathered those issues and are back to providing their residents and their families with the holiday social experience Matteson believes they deserve.
One of the ways they have found helped when it comes to staffing for a large gathering like that, is looking to Ponte Vedra High and Bolles School students to work as servers at the assisted living and memory care facility.
“We decided to go with the high school students, and they have been just wonderful,” Matteson said. “They are so well brought up and the residents enjoy seeing their smiling faces. You just couldn’t do an event like this if you didn’t have the needed staff.”