When Dawnette Shobert took over the role of activities director in May at The Williamsport Home, 1900 Ravine Road, she was determined to bring the Second Wind Dreams program to the residents.
Since 1997, Second Wind Dreams has been granting wishes to enhance the quality of life for those living in eldercare communities.
"I did this where I worked in State College and I've seen the success stories," Shobert said.
In August, Shobert coordinated an outing for Francis "Moe" Morris, who wanted to go bowling. On Aug. 7, Morris's dream came true when he spent the afternoon bowling at Harvest Moon Bowling Lanes.
"Moe was the first one we did, and I'm hoping to do more," Shobert said. "I'm trying to get a couple an airplane ride in September."
Shobert said some of the dreams can be fulfilled quickly and easily, but others require more time and effort. When she was in State College, she helped throw a wedding, including securing donations for a wedding dress and hair appointment.
"Second Wind Dreams does have a donation site for larger dreams that can't get fulfilled easily," Shobert said, adding that the Williamsport Home does not have a budget for the program.
"It's who I know and what I can get donated," Shobert said about the success of the program.
Second Wind Dreams is an international nonprofit that focuses on those living in eldercare communities. According to its website, the program's goal is to change the perception of aging. And Shobert agreed.
"I think the goal of the program is to boost spirits, not be something to do before the end," she said. "I hope to do at least one wish a month - if I can get more in, that's awesome."
For now, Shobert is relying on the staff of The Williamsport Home to listen to the residents to see what wishes possibly can be granted. Also in the works is a fishing trip in September and a trip to where one resident was born.
"I'm telling them to keep their eyes and ears open and really listen to our residents," she said. In the future, she hopes to have a wishing well at the front desk so residents and their family members can request dreams.
"What's on your bucket list? What do you want to do?" she asked.
With a new "fairy godmother" helping grant wishes and making dreams come true, The Williamsport Home is sure to have more requests.
Shobert said the requests don't have to be expensive or complicated, saying that it can be as simple as eating lobster or seeing a Broadway play in New York City.
For more information about Second Wind Dreams or to donate to a dream, visit www.secondwind.org.
For more information about The Williamsport Home or to help grant a wish, call 323-8781 or visit thewilliamsport home.com.