Each week during their men’s group, five residents from Via Christe reflect on their days in the driver’s seat. Winston, John, Bob, Mike and Dante, all life-long Omaha residents, bond and reminisce over their love for the vehicles of their young adult lives. Model A, Ford, Chevy and Plymouth cars race through their memories.
Despite different backgrounds and diagnoses, these gentlemen shared a common dream. They vividly remember the cars they drove on family road trips, commutes to work across town and the occasional mischief. And they wanted to see these classic cars one last time.
Nate Jensen, Via Christe Resident Life Director, contacted Dreamweaver Foundation in hopes of granting their dream of strolling down memory lane.
On a sunny Saturday morning Dreamweaver Foundation staff and volunteers, along with Via Christe staff, raced around in preparation for the big event. The cars began to arrive and soon over ten classic cars, including Mustangs and Plymouths, were lined up and ready for the show.
One of the most popular cars on display was a 1931 Auburn. Dreamer Dante was particularly fascinated with this shiny vehicle, as he shared the same 1931 birth date! The Dreamers strolled the rows of vehicles, touching the bright paint and looking at the flawless interiors. Everyone had a smile on their face.
Along with the five guests of honor, other Via Christe residents and families strolled around the parking lot, enjoying the vehicles from yesteryears. It was quality time spent with many generations. Children were fascinated by how “old” cars used to look as the seniors reminisced and laughed about how much has changed.
Melodies from The Arthrighteous Brothers filled the air. Everyone enjoyed a sweet treat from Hy-Vee and Carson’s Cookies. The morning went as smooth and sleek as the cars in the lot.
The Dreamers were gifted remote control cars at the end of the event. They could continue to make new memories racing the small cars in friendly competition in the weeks ahead.
As the classic cars drove away from the parking lot, the Dreamers smiled in gratitude. This day was for them, their comradery, and their love for cars.
Dreamweaver Foundation would like to thank Via Christe Assisted Living Community and Memory Care, Duchesne Academy, all the classic car drivers – including Cars and Coffee club, Dreamweaver Foundation volunteers and KETV for featuring the story.