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Neighbors are Friends and Family

FAMILY is a single word, with many different meanings. People have many ways of defining a family and what being a part of a family means to them. Families differ in terms of economic, cultural, social, and many other facets, but what every family has in common is that the people who call it a family are making clear that those people are important in some way to the person calling them his family.  Michelle Blessing, lovetoknow 
Springmoor has many networks of families, often reaching out to help one another. With big hearts and a generous spirit, they want no recognition. Like family, you don’t need to ask for help, they know. The extended family may be living next door or across the hall. They may be upstairs or in the house at the end of the cul-de-sac. Their good deeds do not go unnoticed.

A southern welcome gift from a neighbor. (photo from Martie Knows Parties)


At Springmoor, a new resident is often greeted with a plate full of “the best cheese wafers ever made. No one makes them like she does. They have a touch of red pepper in them. They are delicious!”
If you have a temporary stay in the Health Center, you may find this same generous neighbor bringing your newspaper to your room. No one asks her, she just appears each morning.
Did you find homemade pimento cheese in your refrigerator? When a neighbor has made a batch, its shared with friends with a note on their door: “Made more than I can eat, enjoy the pimento cheese in your frig.”

Need a book? Our book cart volunteers will be happy to bring you a selection


When a resident has recently returned to their apartment after an outpatient surgery, the neighbors line-up (along with the Springmoor staff) to bring meals from the dining room. One neighbor had told the out-of-town family that she would take over after they left. She quickly found that everyone on the hall wanted to take a day. She found herself being the coordinator instead of the provider.
There is group of neighbors that help sort and deliver the mail and another group that helps deliver books from the library to the Stewart Health Center. The volunteers are happy to make your stay as comfortable as possible.


Springmoor will schedule one of their drivers to take a resident to a doctor’s appointment. However, a friend insisted that she drive and stay with her neighbor for her cataract surgery. The two left at 5:00 am to arrive at Duke’s Eye Center in Durham. In a similar situation, another neighbor not only drove their neighbor for her scheduled chemo treatment but also stayed with her all day and brought dinner to her when they returned home.

There is always a neighbor happy to take your dog for a stroll across campus

Dog Walkers

After a recent hip replacement, one neighbor volunteered to walk their neighbor’s dog. Now the couple comes each morning for a stroll with their new furry friend. When needed, they have kept the dog for a long weekend while their neighbor goes to see his out-of-town family.


There is a neighbor who is often called upon to fix something – could be a lamp, could be a piece of furniture. Everyone knows he can fix just about anything and doesn’t mind being called upon to help. There is a neighbor that repairs jewelry and another one that repairs scooters. All three love to tinker with the mechanics of how things work. You never need to call twice. These men are always ready to help.

Zinnias brighten the Administrative Office desks all summer


If you find a bag with a garden fresh tomato on your door, you know that one of Springmoor’s gardeners has stopped by. There is nothing better than a fresh homegrown tomato on a sandwich! Squash, zucchini, cucumbers and peppers are often left at a neighbor’s door too.
The zinnia’s found in the Administrative Offices are from a Springmoor gardener. These beautiful pink, orange and yellow flowers are artfully clipped and a fresh arrangement is put on the desk every week throughout the summer months.

Happy Birthday from the Evening Baker


You may run into a neighbor on a walk to the mailbox. If she has a tin filled with homemade cookies, know that she has been baking all afternoon and wanted to bring a smile to your face. We have a special resident that loves to bake late at night. If you are lucky enough to play bridge with her, have a birthday this month or be a neighbor, you will be the lucky recipient of a plated slice of cake or a piece of pie from her kitchen. If it’s your birthday, you may find the entire cake wrapped on one of her special plates and delivered to your door. Each week she rotates between baking pies or cakes and the flavors vary depending on the season. Last spring she delivered sixty-six hot cross buns to her friends and neighbors.
Neighbors are family at Springmoor. A helping hand is never far away when your friends are down the hall or across the street. Fresh tomatoes, a library book, a friend to take you to a doctor’s appointment or a batch of fresh baked cheese wafers is our way of saying you are part of the family.
If you would like to find out more about Springmoor, schedule a tour or meet a few of our family members, we invite you to plan a visit soon.



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