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2023 Photo & Testimonial Contest WINNERS!

About AALC’s 2023 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.

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

2023 Photo Contest Winners

Winners in order of appearance: (shown on left)
1st Place: Dream Flight: 100 year old Frank has the flight of a lifetime on a WWII era plane.
                         Evergreen Senior Living
2nd Place: Ida Enjoys Playtime with Parsley
                           Heritage Woods of Plainfield
3rd Place:
Carmen & Christel enjoy an afternoon of ice cream and antics
                          Lacey Creek Supportive Living

Honorable Mentions (shown below)

  • Hooked on Fishing: Ray shows off his big catch
    John M Evans Supportive Living
  • Joe enjoys a board game with pre-school visitors
    Heritage Woods of Plainfield
  • Larry & Janet celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with all their friends
    Heritage Woods of Rockford
  • Bill receives his gold medal for Softball throw at the Special Olympcs
    Mary Bryant Home for the Blind
  • Creating Memories: Residents enjoy an afternoon of painting canvas and sharing stories
    Timberlake Supportive Living
  • Connie cuddles with baby chicks like she had growing up on the farm
    Heritage Woods of McHenry
  • Let's Go Cards! Marilyn is ready for the St. Louis Cardinal Game
    Springfield Supportive Living

2023 Testimonial Contest Winners

Winning Testimonials (photos shown on left)

1st Place: Tom Chamblin, Evergreen Senior Living

"I want to get up in the morning instead of sitting in a chair and not doing anything.  You never know what exciting things will happen at Evergreen.  We have great activities, good food and great people.   I have felt such a change in myself since moving here and Evergreen did that for me."

2nd Place: Shirley Pierson, Heritage Woods of Flora
"Since I have moved here, I have been able to thrive and get better. I’m healthier and more active since being here compared to the day I moved in. I would recommend anyone to move in before it’s too late. I have made lots of friends that I enjoy being able to do activities with and that care about me."

    3rd Place: Brenda, Heritage Woods of DeKalb

    "Coming to Heritage Woods of DeKalb has been a real blessing in my life. I came to Heritage Woods from an independent living community. There was no encouragement for socializing or opportunity to know others.  At Heritage Woods of DeKalb the opposite is true! Socializing is at a premium! Meals are together! Social activities, wonderful people! Fantastic, warm, and friendly staffed personnel!  I table hop at meals so I can meet more people, hopefully at a deeper level, that way I have a better idea who might become my best friends!"

    Honorable Mention Winners (photos lower left)

    Cindy Seemen, Heritage Woods of Watseka
    “After suffering a stroke, I knew it was time to find a safe place to live. I knew did not want to be far from where I was already at. Heritage Woods already had a place in my heart as it was the community my mom came to, and we loved it then. It only made sense that I too came to a place that I knew I could live on my own but still have that safe feeling of help if I need it.”

    Roxy Fess, Grand Prairie Supportive Living          
    "Grand Prairie is my home now
    I am pleased to pass the word
    The food is great, the staff all nice
    And good is all I’ve heard.

    The people here are friendly,
    Encouraging and kind.
    There’s always someone ready
    To help us all unwind

    The kids all know I’m safe here
    And will come to visit soon.
    No more work to go to!
    I can stay in bed ‘til Noon!

    My feet are so, so active.
    Since my room seems miles away
    And I feel Supportive Living
    Will keep old age at bay."

    Shirley Fitz, Heritage Woods of Freeport 
    "There were a few reasons for me to move into Heritage Woods. My eyes are giving me problems but my new friends here help me see what I can't. I can Wii bowl and craft again with their help, which makes my family happy to see me fitting right in. Fixing meals was a bother but no longer is-I can fix some breakfast in my own apartment. I was fearful of meeting new people but everyone made it so easy at Heritage Woods. CNA's are super and take the time to visit or help when you need them."

    Connie Dodd, Grand Prairie Macomb
    "I like where I live. I lived alone for over 8 years. I didn’t realize how much I needed company until I decided to move to Grand Prairie. I enjoy coffee chat, card games, crafts, and movies with friends. At home I walked my dogs twice a day. Here, I use the NU Step in therapy every day. It seems I am doing over 3000 steps every day. I thank God every day for making the choice to move here."

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

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


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