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Bright sun and mild temperatures gave us the opportunity to burn off some Thanksgiving calories and enjoy the outdoors this past week.  At the Manor of Hope, we encourage mental stimulation and physical exercise for our residents and find creative and fun ways to do it.

After a full-blown Thanksgiving feast that couldn’t be beaten, we took a small group of men to the Schuylkill River and Canal for kayaking.  We are happy to report that, despite having a few first-timers and a few close calls, no one tipped into the water… and a good time was had by all!
Taking full advantage of the good weather, we later hiked Mount Misery in Valley Forge Park.  The hiking trails challenge us physically, and at the same time, provide us with a tranquil setting to reflect. We are fortunate to have such a precious national park in our back yard, and often make good use of its many resources.
As I look back on the past year with the Manor of Hope, I am proud to have joined the staff and lend my efforts to its mission.  My time spent has been productive, and the relationships I have made are invaluable. I have witnessed the strength and support that our community provides, and am honored to help in every way I can. – Andrew Deery (Manor of Hope’s Culinary Director)