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Weeks Honored with Village Shalom’s 23rd Wolff Award

Personal connection is the strongest ingredient of a welcoming environment. Always extending a warm smile and soft hello, Danielle Weeks has spent the last seven years genuinely connecting with each resident she encounters as a program coordinator for Village Shalom. 

On Friday, July 27, Weeks received deserving recognition when she was named the 23rd recipient of Village Shalom’s Wolff Excellence in Care Giving Award.   

Danielle Weeks wipes away a tear as she is announced a recipient of the Wolff Award.

The Joseph and Eleanor Wolff Excellence in Care Giving Award was established by the Wolff family in 2007. Eleanor Wolff was a resident in Village Shalom’s Weinberg Health Center prior to her passing in 2006. 

Wolff’s sons were so pleased with the extraordinary kindness and wonderful care she received, that they established a fund to reward outstanding Village Shalom employees who directly serve the needs of Village Shalom skilled nursing residents. 

The award provides a $750 cash prize, a statuette and a permanent place on the Wolff Award recipient wall in the Weinberg Health Center. The fund will recognize two winners a year for a total of 25 years. 

“I am especially honored to be the recipient of the award,” said Weeks. “It has been truly a rewarding and fulfilling opportunity to serve the residents of Village Shalom.” 

Weeks spends her time coordinating programs and activities for many areas of the community, including Village Shalom’s memory care and rehabilitation units. She facilitates activities tailored to the unique needs of the residents, and not only connects with each resident herself, but helps individuals bond with one another. 

"Danielle is a willing worker and has been great over the years," said Zenette Kearney, Village Shalom Programs Manager. "She is always willing to help out whenever there is help needed." 

Weeks was selected from a field of four candidates. The other nominees were Araceli Gartner, Heidi Kaiser and Ronda Lash. Nominees are selected by fellow employees, skilled nursing residents, their family members, board members, volunteers and other visitors. The Management Team serves as the award’s selection committee. 

“Danielle has a way of reaching the residents that is so personal and makes them feel welcome,” said Village Shalom Volunteer, Sandi Lerner. “She is a perfect example the type of staff member needed to give residents the security and knowledge that they are in the best residential setting.” 

Nominees must meet several criteria to be eligible to receive the award. The candidate must put the needs of residents first, focus on resident-centered care, actively observe Residents’ Rights, be a demonstrated team player, go “above and beyond’ in all interactions, and actively “live the mission” by providing the highest quality of resident care to meet physical, social and spiritual needs. Weeks was nominated for the award by Lerner and Village Shalom Resident, Mel Mallin. 

“In the many years she has been with us, Danielle has gone above and beyond her assignments and has given more of herself to the residents all over the community,” said Mallin. “She exemplifies the reasons for the Wolff Award which reflect extraordinary resident care.”