We’d like to thank everyone for their support and sponsorship of the 2016 Laurel Run! Without your kind contributions none of this would be possible. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU! For those already thinking about next year’s event it’s already being planned and will take place July 14-15 in 2017. See you then!

What’s Laurel been up to?

Posted by Chris Anderson - June 27, 2012 - News - 4 Comments
What’s Laurel been up to?

A new home, faraway vacations have kept her busy

Laurel Hotelling has been pretty busy since last year’s Laurel Run ended.
In the fall, Laurel moved out of the home she had shared with her parents all her life and into a home operated by The Resource Center. The home is located in Fredonia and is about 15 miles from where her parents live in Silver Creek. Laurel now lives with four other adults with developmental disabilities, supported by TRC staff.

“We felt it was in Laurel’s best interest that we should see her placed in a residence before it became a necessity,” said her parents, Elaine and Wayne. “Her name had been placed on a list for 10 to 12 years when an opening became available in the fall of 2011 at TRC’s home on Birchwood Drive.
“We wanted her to become adjusted now while she still had the opportunity to visit us on weekends and accompany us to visits to friends and family. Since moving to Birchwood, she has gone with us to see her sister’s family in Connecticut, her brother and sister in Arizona, her grandmother (who just turned 100 years old) in North Dakota, and, recently, to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

“Laurel is very happy in her new home and has adjusted very well to her housemates (Lillian, Lucille, Barbara, and Calvin). In fact, all of them (except Barbara, who was visiting family) came to our house in Silver Creek for Thanksgiving dinner. Laurel enjoys her housemates and staff and is growing in independence.

“We miss her, as this is the first time in almost 50 years that we have been `empty nesters.’ But we are glad we took the opportunity when it arrived. The staff at Birchwood are very competent — and caring. Laurel always returns to Birchwood with a smile on her face, ready to get back into her routine. We are very comfortable with the situation as it is now.”

4 comments

  • Gary Penix says:

    Wayne and Elaine,
    As Laurel’s parents, you have done an awesome job. Not only with her but the rest of the kids. I will not be able to do the Laurel run but I have walked it in the past with you Wayne. We had a great conversation. God has blessed you both with Laurel and I know you are happy for her. I hope to see you at the reunion. All My Best,
    Gary

  • DAVID H. CLARKE says:

    MR . HOTELLING

    HI WAYNE . DAVE CLARKE OUT OF TX CLASS OF 1962. YOU WERE A GREAT TEACHER , BUT
    A GREAT FATHER. . AND I DID FINISH COLLEGE IN 1972 TOOK ME 10 YRS. BUT I WENT INTO THE U.S.M.C FOR 4YRS, TWO YEAR AT 8TH @ I WASH . DC. THEN TO VET.NAM FOR 2 YRS. WHEN I GOT BACK
    WENT BACK TO COLLEGE IN 1969, GOT MY SHEEP SKIN. SORRY IT WAS NOT HISTORY.
    BUT I RECALL SOME THING YOU SAID IN
    CLASS ONE DAY. BACK THEN .. GO FOR
    YOUR DREAM. IT WILL WORK OUT, BUT THE ROAD WILL BE A LONG ONE. I WILL
    NOT MAKE OUR 1962 CLASS 50TH. BUT
    I WILL BE THERE, I WORK AT THE COLONY
    HOUSE . FOR 2 YRS SUMMER TIME. AS THE DISH

    TAKE CARE CARE

    DAVID

  • Wayne Hotelling says:

    Wish you could be here but understand how other responsibilities have priority.

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