Pleasant View volunteer staying active
April 23rd, 2014
Spider Purcell has been volunteering at Pleasant View since 1998. His mother used to live at Pleasant View, and he began transporting individuals to church services on Sundays. He has continued to do so, and faithfully comes to Pleasant View each week, if not more often.
“I just asked if I could help one day. There were lots of people trying to get to church on the second, third and fourth floors, and I thought, ‘well, I could help with that! As I started helping, other people began to help out as well,” said Spider.
Spider, a former physical education and driving instructor, taught at Ottawa High School for seventeen years. He is also an alumnus of Ottawa High School. He returned after teaching in other locations to teach in Ottawa, where he had grown up. He says he sees people he has known for years, and even has some friends living in Hearthstone Assisted Living at Pleasant View.
Along with volunteering at Pleasant View, Spider stays active, biking and swimming every morning for a half hour. He rides his bike or his electric scooter to Pleasant View.
Spider thoroughly enjoys his work at Pleasant View and has seen the changes to the community over the years. He has also gotten to know many of the residents. His friendly and familial relationships with residents and staff are evident through his jovial smile and positive attitude.
“Its just, when you come over here, you see people you can help out, who don’t always have family, and you can just reach out and touch them, smile at them, and they seem so appreciative; it’s a good feeling,” says Spider.