“Each day, the prayer for Dan and me is, ‘Who can we bless today?’” says Gladys Kolb, who moved to Garden Spot Village in April 2018 with her husband Dan from Spring City, Pennsylvania.
Gladys truly lives her prayer, reaching out to people around her and ministering one-on-one through Caring Connections and A Quiet Presence. Through her gift of hospitality she serves quietly, making people feel comfortable, welcome and important, wherever they are.
After her first husband died in his early 40s, Gladys continued farming and raised their children. As she neared retirement, she dreamed of opening a bed-and-breakfast in the Lancaster area. Although her dream didn’t work out quite the way she originally imagined, she and Dan host a quasi bed-and-breakfast, regularly welcoming one of Dan’s sons, Joel, and his wife, Karie.
“Joel and Karie are facilitators at the DOVE Hopewell Leadership and Ministry School held at Petra Church one weekend each month,” Gladys explains. “Since we live so close to the church, we all look forward to them visiting our ‘bed-and-breakfast’ and to staying in touch with each other.”
Dan and Gladys’s blended family includes 12 children as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Dan and Gladys find great joy in spending time with their family.
An LPN by vocation, Gladys most recently worked as the evening charge nurse in personal care at Peter Becker Community in Harleysville. This experience, as well as her caring, compassionate nature shines through her involvement here at Garden Spot Village.
“I’ve always liked to encourage others, to bless others and be available for however God can use me,” Gladys says. “If it’s a smile, a word of encouragement, I’m happy to share it. I appreciate the freedom I have to pray with others through Caring Connections.”
Gladys volunteers in Mountain View, helping Diane Pechart, personal care activity director with outings and other events as needed. Most important, she serves as volunteer coordinator for Diane, making phone calls to other volunteers who are interested in helping with special activities, games and crafts.
Diane and Gladys meet once a month to review the calendar and determine how many volunteers are needed. Because Gladys serves as liaison between Diane and the other volunteers, Diane is able to focus on planning and Gladys is able to connect with people at Garden Spot she may not have met otherwise. “I am thankful I can serve,” Gladys says.
Dan and Gladys also serve as resident hosts for Look & Learn and open their homes to tours for prospective residents. “We are grateful for the opportunity to live at Garden Spot, so we are always happy to share with others how wonderful it is to live here,” Gladys says.
“I appreciate that there are so many opportunities at Garden Spot,” Gladys continues. “There is something for everyone. If you want to get involved, you can find something you enjoy here.”