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2022 Photo & Testimonial Contest WINNERS!

About AALC’s 2022 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 reinforce what we’ve always known: Supportive Living is Healthy Living.

Check out this year's winners as they showcase all the things Supportive Living communities do 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

2022 Photo Contest Winners

Winners in order of appearance: (shown on left)
1st Place: Patsy is all smiles as she "slips slides away!"
                         Springfield Supportive Living
2nd Place: Janice & her Alpaca friend
                           Heritage Woods of McHenry
3rd Place: Edward and Mandi enjoy the waterslide on a hot day
                          Mary Bryant Home for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Honorable Mentions (shown below)

  • Vera & Arvilla - Never too old to meet a new friend!
    Heritage Woods of Sterling
  • Father's Day fishing for Melvin
    Evergreen Place Beardstown
  • Marge brightens up the community garden
    Prairie Winds of Urbana
  • Mabel & Leah - born 100 years apart, celebrate their birthdays
    Heritage Woods of Batavia
  • March madness with Donna and Carol
    Maple Point Supportive Living
  • An fun visit to the Aviation Museum
    Heritage Woods of Ottawa
  • Who doesn't love salsa dancing with Julio?
    Prairie Living at Chautauqua

2022 Testimonial Contest Winners

Winning Testimonials (photos shown on left)

1st Place: Sarah Lynn Sanders, Heritage Woods of Freeport

" I enjoy the friendships I have made in this senior living community.  The wonderful staff, my apartment is great and I have quick access to medical care.  My children feel secure that I have a safe place to live and call home with good people to interact with."

2nd Place: Shirley McKenzie, Heritage Woods of Belvidere

 "My family is really at ease, knowing I am in a safe and secure place. They no longer must worry about mom, they know she is alright. If there is a problem, they also know it will be taken care of. They all feel better."
Here’s a poem I wrote about supportive living:

A-      Affordable  B-      Beautiful Property
C-      Clean     -      Daffodil in blossom
E-       Everything is neat F-       Food is great
G-     Glamorous flowers H-      Hallways are wide
I-        Ideal conditions J-        Jealousy is not here
K-      Kindness is here L-       Label names by door
M-    Magazines are available N-     Napping is available
O-     Oatmeal is available P-      Pizza is wonderful
Q-     Quiet is nice R-      Racket is seldom
S-       Safety first   T-       Tablecloths are for holidays
U-     Uncover food dish V-      Varied are the food items
W-    Waffles bar for breakfast  X-      Xylophones not needed
Y-       Yoga is here Z-       Zippy is to hurry

    3rd Place: Betty Hiles, Evergreen Place Beardstown

    My Supportive Living Community means a sense of peace and a helping hand.  My family can visit me when they want and when they aren’t here I have so much to choose from to keep me busy.  I enjoy the girls that care for me and I’m safe."

    Honorable Mention Winners (photos lower left)

    Gloria Force, Evergreen Place Beardstown
    “I’m not on insulin anymore because Evergreen helps me with healthy food. I also spend more time doing things rather than sitting around. I love my new friends and being able to get out and about”

    Cecelia Skrade, Heritage Woods of Belvidere                 

    “From the very first day that my husband and I decided to sell our home and move to Supportive Living, our family was very much in agreement.

    We came to Heritage Woods of Belvidere in 2018 and were satisfied with the friendly environment here.

    Our family has set up a “family text” that has helped keep all family members informed of Supportive living life. Each member has their evening to call “home”.

    Now that I am a widow, I have become more involved in activities offered, including exercise, bingo, and coffee talk. There is also time to visit with other residents who are not as fortunate as I am.”

    Affordable Assisted Living Coalition
    P.O. Box 1245
    Springfield, IL  62705

    AALC is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization.


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