By: Joseph Burns, Work and Travel Employer Services Manager

CCI Greenheart recently visited Prior Lake and Shakopee, MN, where we teamed up with Work and Travel participants for two wonderful cultural events.

Participants helping the senior citizens play BINGO

Participants helping the senior citizens play BINGO

Participants working in Prior Lake took the afternoon off to visit McKenna Crossing Senior Living Center, and volunteered their time to interact with the facility’s senior citizen residents for a Greenheart Project. Following a tour of the facility, participants were pleasantly surprised to see all of the wonderful things McKenna Crossing does for its residents. The facility is complete with a fitness center, auditorium for religious gatherings and performances, an attached YMCA, and even a movie theater! Participants had an opportunity to sit down with residents and get to know more about them, as well as share a bit of their own culture. They also had a lot of fun teaming up with residents for several epic games of BINGO. In the end, participants had a great time and shared a lot of laughs. It was a rewarding experience, which left participants with an impressive inside look at senior living in America. McKenna Crossing is without a doubt, one of Minnesota’s premier centers for senior living, and we are extraordinarily grateful for the invitation to visit.

Participants from Jordan and Turkey.

Participants from Jordan and Turkey.

Not far from Prior Lake, CCI Greenheart visited participants in Shakopee, MN, where we gathered for a late night cook-off and bonfire. Dishes included Czech goulash, pasta, and good old American s’mores! CCI Greenheart staff discovered that for those participants who have never tried s’mores, the idea of this food seemed a bit absurd. Graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows? What is so special about that combination? My response to participants was “Don’t ask, just eat and you will find clarity in the deliciousness of this perfect marriage!”

Go Greenheart!

Go Greenheart!