On Aug. 24, 2015, Ken and Aleah Burreson received Life Care Centers of America’s Group Volunteer Award for their service to Payson Care Center.
The presentation was made during the company’s annual management meeting at its headquarters in Cleveland, Tennessee.
The couple began volunteering in May 2014. They had recently moved to the area to retire and were looking for a way to contribute to the community. They connected with volunteer Lorene Meyers, who included them in Tuesday afternoon Christian music programs at Payson Care Center. Ken plays the guitar, while the ladies lead the residents in singing.
The Burresons even took their music ministry to the resident rooms and found a way to help a bedbound resident make a joyful noise. Though the resident was a quadriplegic, he had limited use of one hand, and Ken and a neighbor put together a way to enrich his musical experience.
The neighbor put together a special attachment to fit on the resident’s bed and hold a tablet. Ken affixed the attachment and helped the resident learn to use a virtual drum program so the resident could help keep the beat along with the group’s playing and singing.
When asked why they do what they do, Ken said, “A large part of it is that we love sharing the Lord’s love.”
Aleah added, “We love seeing the joy on the people’s faces in the facility.”
Music is not the only way the Burresons contribute to the lives of residents at Payson Care Center. They also volunteer with bingo and helped residents on the special care unit plant flowers and vegetables in the garden this spring.
“They are quiet, humble servants,” said Jason Norman, executive director at Payson Care Center.
Beecher Hunter, Life Care president, shared: “Music touches the soul in a way no other medium can. For Ken and Aleah Burreson to share the special talents God has given them to bless others shows their love for, and obedience to, our Lord.”
The Volunteer Group of the Year Award is presented annually and selected from the best of every region and division within Life Care. Criteria include active, ongoing and hands-on service and raising community awareness of the Life Care center.