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Watermark at Rosewood Gardens Resident Brings Hope in the Wake of Hurricane Irma

As the 2017 hurricane season continues, it may be hard to find good news among the bad. Thankfully, we have Irma Zimmer, a resident of The Watermark at Rosewood Gardens, spreading a message of hope in the face of yet another storm.

Irma Zimmer (wearing bright red) and neighbors gather outside of The Watermark at Rosewood Gardens holding signs that read “Thinking of our friends at Watermark Communities in Florida” and “Well Wishes for our Watermark Communities in Florida.”

According to a news story in the Livermore Patch, Irma “is known for her random acts of kindness and making others feel special on their birthdays and anniversaries.” The article continues:

This year, the nonagenarian took to social media as part of her own birthday celebration to help hurricane victims, including residents living in three Florida Watermark communities, know they are not forgotten.
“Mrs. Zimmer has a passion for celebrating birthdays and goes out of her way to make all of her neighbors feel extra special on their special day,” explained Nancy Harrison, executive director of The Watermark at Rosewood Gardens. “At the beginning of every month, she generously purchases each celebrant a birthday card, gets the staff to sign it and gifts it to them on their birthday. She is a beautiful person and a beautiful artist as well.”
Zimmer, who is described as a kindhearted human who embodies love, warmth and compassion, along with other residents in her retirement community created signs with positive messages to be featured in the photographs. The photos were shared with the residents in Sarasota, St. Petersburg and Trinity Watermark communities as well as others on social media.

Rosewood Gardens neighbors took time during their outing across the Golden Gate Bridge on September 9th to display signs that spelled out: “Thinking of you. Much love and dry thoughts. The Watermark at Rosewood Gardens.”

Thankfully, C. Jill Hofer, Watermark’s Director of Communication, reported that all Watermark residents were safe, dry, and in good spirits, despite the evacuation of the St. Petersburg community. While Hurricane Irma tried to do its worst, Livermore’s Irma—and her fellow residents—fought back with a flood of support.


Does hurricane sesason have you thinking about reviewing and updating the disaster preparedness plans at your community? Visit CALA’s Disaster Preparedness page for helpful tips, links, and resources.

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