In celebration of Pride Month this June, Arrow Senior Living is looking at The Pride Flag, a symbol that is a representation of the forward movements to support and celebrate those in the LGBTQIA+ community. This important piece of the community has a meaning that is described by the colors included.
Flag, a symbol that is a representation of the forward movements to support and celebrate those in the LGBTQIA+ community. This important piece of the community has a meaning that is described by the colors included.
Red represents life and passion among many cultures. Orange represents healing, fun, and celebration. Yellow is a symbol for sunlight and is said to stimulate new ideas and thoughts. Green is synonymous with nature, a healing place, also associated with prosperity and growth. Blue represents serenity and calmness. Purple is the color of spirit, thought to connect us to the spiritual realm.
At The Castlewood Senior Living Nixa, MO, we feel most connected to green. We are constantly striving to grow as individuals and family. As green represents nature and healing places, our community is surrounded by lush woods, green farmlands, and the beauty of our own accessible raised bed garden. Our residents and staff greatly value contributing to creating an environment that brings healing to the mind, the spirit, and the body. We see the enormous potential in each individual and the power to change our extended community through creativity, generosity, and compassion.
As Resident Services Director, my greatest hope is for The Castlewood to be a welcoming place that is nurturing for both residents and staff. Residents reach out to the greater community through monthly acts of service that benefit everything from local rescue shelters for animals to the very rural, poor people in the Dominican Republic. Even though, like any family, we come from many different backgrounds, we welcome new ideas and find common ground in our social, creative, and cultural activities.
In our community, we know that each of our residents have come from different lifestyles and backgrounds. As such, we work to maintain that diverse culture across both residents and staff with targeted programming and staff education efforts. Arrow Senior Living has launched a resident-led Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) speaker series for employee and resident education. Residents interview speakers who represent some of the relevant topics of the day related to diversity, equity, and inclusion ranging from non-binary people and use of pronouns to Juneteenth history. Through our tradition’s council, which coordinates core resident and employee cultural celebrations and education, we work actively to celebrate diversity within our community. This has created a means for residents and employees to join in recognition of each other. The road ahead is to ensure that diversity and inclusion is not just an initiative. Moving forward requires necessary conversations to address discomfort and to open dialogue on important perspectives. This helps to ensure that we are providing not only an enjoyable place to retire, but one where seniors can feel enriched, safe, and excited about life!