MOUNT LAUREL, NJ—Residents at Laurel Brook Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Mount Laurel were surprised recently with over 300 letters from students at Lenape High School in Medford, NJ. The intergenerational outreach initiative, part of the Letters for Rose program, brought new community connections—and plenty of smiles—to the skilled nursing facility.
Letters for Rose is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 2020 to counter loneliness among seniors during the COVID pandemic. The initiative, however, has evolved into a timeless mission to show caring through the creation and distribution of personalized letters and artwork. Letters for Rose is staffed by high school student volunteers, and it has 400 chapters across the world.
“Everyone at Laurel Brook was overwhelmed by this thoughtful outreach,” said Jessica Saracen, community relations director at Laurel Brook. “Our residents were so delighted to receive the letters and artwork. Letters for Rose’s thoughtful mission brightened the day for our residents, and they are grateful for the organization and the Lenape High School students.”
Saracen added that Laurel Brook is looking forward to an ongoing relationship; the local chapter plans to return with more letters and artwork for residents just before Valentine’s Day.
Located at 3718 Church Rd. in Mt. Laurel, Laurel Brook provides post-hospital care, short-term rehab and long-term residential care. The 220-bed skilled nursing facility maintains a four-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).