“Angel Award” conferred on Anchorage facility

Serendipity Adult Day Services acknowledged for safeguarding of seniors

by Jenni Ragland –

(L-R): Lt. Colonel Dave Hudson, Jesalyn Stanton and Major Doug Tollerud [Photo by Jenni Ragland]

The Salvation Army Serendipity Adult Day Services in Anchorage, Alaska, recently received the “Angel Award” for its high standards and dedication to providing a safe, nurturing environment for seniors and adults with dementia and associated cognitive challenges. Lt. Colonel Dave Hudson, territorial secretary for personnel, made the presentation on behalf of Western Territorial Headquarters.

The Angel Award recognizes a program or individual that has demonstrated outstanding innovation and dedication in protecting children and seniors. This is only the third time the award has been given in the history of The Salvation Army’s Protecting the Mission Child/Elder Safety Program.

“Every part of Serendipity’s program has been designed to reduce the risk of abuse to seniors. From the architecture of the building, to the screening of its personnel, to the scheduling of client activities each component has safety as its core value,” Anne Calvo, territorial child/senior adult safety consultant, said.

Jesalyn Stanton, executive director of Serendipity Adult Day Services, accepted the plaque. Under her leadership, the program has grown from a drop-in center to a nationally recognized program of excellence.

“I want to ensure that we operate a quality program that values individuals and provides them with meaningful opportunities for success,” Stanton said.

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