A dream could be a long awaited fishing trip, a dinner reconnecting with loved ones or for Gary spending a day reminding him of the happiest time in his life. Jayme John, Tabitha Hospice social worker, nominated Gary to fulfill his dream of owning a leather jacket again. Gary had a leather jacket in his late 20s to early 30s but lost it. He wished for many years to have a leather jacket again, but providing for his family was always his first priority.
After high school, Gary entered the Army for almost three years, working and repairing army vehicles. He loved working with his hands; working manual labor for most of his life building cabinets. For the last five years, Gary has been in nursing facilities becoming a dear friend to many of the facility. The staff have grown attached to him as he is always smiling and kind to them and others.
Dreamweaver wanted to do more than give Gary a leather jacket. We wanted to create an experience with his leather jacket that will leave a lasting memory. Many years ago, Gary loved visiting museums. He especially loved seeing the exhibits at Hastings Museum in Hastings, NE and Pioneer Village in Minden, NE. He thought it would be nice to take a trip to a museum again and show off his new jacket. It wasn’t a surprise he wanted Jayme, Frankie his Tabitha Aid, and Robert from Crestview Care Center to spend the day with him.
With transportation provided by Crestview, Gary set off with Frankie and Jayme to Lincoln. First stopping at Red Lobster for a steak and seafood lunch with a strawberry cheesecake for dessert. Next stop, University of Nebraska State Museum Morrill Hall. Gary had a big smile on his as he was escorted around the museum by his beloved caregivers and friends.
Dreamweaver Foundation would like to thank our partners; Tabitha Health Care Services, Crestview Care Center, University Nebraska at Lincoln and Red Lobster for making Gary’s dream come true.