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2021 Photo & Testimonial Contest WINNERS!

About AALC’s 2021 Photo & Testimonial Contest

Each year, we look forward to the launch of our Photo & Testimonial Contest. We receive hundreds of photos capturing the true essence of what Supportive Living (SL) is all about. This year's entries demonstrated the important role SL plays in the lives of Illinois’ seniors and individuals with disabilities and reinforces what we’ve always known: Supportive Living = Healthy Living.

This year, help AALC communities showcased how Supportive Living has taken positive steps throughout the pandemic to ensure our seniors and individuals with disabilities have the support they need to live healthy and fulfilling lives.


Winning entries from both the photo and testimonial contests received cash donations to sponsor resident or employee activities at the Supportive Living communities they represent!

1st Place: $200 cash donation
2nd Place: $100 cash donation
3rd Place: $50 cash donation

2021 Photo Contest Winners

Winners in order of appearance: (shown on left)
1st Place: Hilde's special invite to her birthday lunch
                         Heritage Woods of Minooka
2nd Place: Betty receives a heartfelt visit from her family
                           Heritage Woods of Ottawa
3rd Place: Leroy expresses smile and message to family & friends
                          Springfield Supportive Living

Honorable Mentions (shown below)

  • Lucinda is decked out in red, white & blue!
    Evergreen Village Supportive Living
  • Joyce loves her wrist corsage
    Heritage Woods of Ottawa
  • Jayne participates in drum core exercise
    Springfield Supportive Living
  • Erin shows off the beautiful trellis she made
    Deer Path of Huntley
  • Donna, Dori & Mary Jane work on a Life is a Journey craft
    John M. Evans Supportive Living
  • Bev is excited to catch one of the biggest fish
    John M. Evans Supportive Living
  • Juanita is proud to be a part of fight against COVID
    Heritage Woods of Ottawa

Testimonial Contest Winners

Winning Testimonials (photos shown on left)

1st Place: Terri Dodds, Heritage Woods of Freeport

"I wasn't in a good place in my life mentally or physically having some tragic life situations decided it was time for change. My first impression - welcomed and loved. Improved 110% physically, mentally, now more social. Many friends are like family to me. My family is beyond happy, at was knowing I am loved and safe."

2nd Place: Rebecca Flores, Deer Path of Huntley

“Being fairly new to Deer Path, it was getting involved that changed my outlook of my new living arrangement. Participating in activities has allowed me to build new friendships, practice my leadership skills, and help others to do the same.”

3rd Place: Joyce, Heritage Woods of Ottawa

“The folks here are so kind and friendly. When I moved in, I was nervous about meeting new people. My neighbors were excited to introduce themselves and it made me feel very welcome! I should have moved here sooner!”

Honorable Mention Winners (photos lower left)

Loretta, Heritage Woods of Ottawa
“My family worried about me being home alone, in case of an emergency happening. That is how I came to live at Heritage Woods. Nobody wants to be a burden so I am relieved that my family can live their lives with one less worry! I love my apartment and have made some good friends as well!”

Delores, Heritage Woods of Freeport                   
"Heritage Woods of Freeport is a grade “A” place to live. Friendly staff, residents, and families! The community is always clean and inviting. I enjoy my independence but also the security of knowing the staff is here to assist when needed. My family is at ease as well. I enjoy backing & crafting with the friends I have made."

Quote by Sue Chapman, Alden Gardens of Blooomingdale
“It was very hard not seeing mother during the pandemic.  I really missed her.  I was excited to hear about window visits.  We used headsets to talk to each other.  My mother smiled a lot.  We talked for a while.  She smiled a lot and was happy to see me!”

Jill Huhn, Deer Path of Huntley
“Living at Deer Path has improved my physical and emotional well-being by involving me in various activities including exercise, Dungeons & Dragons, scratch art, book club and creative writing club.  I’ve met many great people in the seven years I've lived here and currently find myself to be absolutely thriving.”

Arthur O'Dell, Deer Path of Huntley
“Leading activities such as Dungeons & Dragons and other strategy games has enabled me to make new friends.  I am also an active member of the Resident Council.  Getting involved in the Deer Path community has been both enriching and fulfilling.”

Connie D., Grand Prairie of Macomb
I moved to Grand Prairie in August of 2018.The staff is always there to help if I need it. We have a lot of activities where I can interact with all the friends I have made since being here. The nursing staff is friendly and always willing to help. I am grateful how healthy the staff kept us during Covid-19. They went above and beyond in my opinion.”

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P.O. Box 1245
Springfield, IL  62705

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