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Mass is held at Villa Maria’s chapel three times during the week and once on Sunday. There is a meditation garden with a Marian shrine outside and Stations of the Cross indoors. The Community Building features a large lounge area with a fireplace and TV, a dining area and kitchen for special events. “We couldn’t do as many activities as we do without the help of great friends and family, including children of the residents, who all volunteer their time,” Cantu said. “But more volunteers from the community are always welcomed and needed.” Cantu added donations for special events are also needed. “Our residents love their bingo,” she said, with a chuckle. “We can always use door prizes for residents, which are given away during bingo. Some great prizes include regular household and personal care items.” Since Villa Maria is a non-profit, it relies on nominal rental fees only to help sustain
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the facility. “We look for the occasional grant, as well as monetary donations to help with the dayto-day operations of our facility, which not only includes maintenance, but also a staff of five,” Cantu said. Sometimes Villa Maria receives anonymous donations, which benefit all residents, like the popcorn machine that is used for movie nights. “Since we are a non-profit, we appreciate anything and everything: volunteers, monetary or in-kind donations and even personal visits from local entertainers. It all helps us provide excellent care to our residents year-round,” she said. Margaret Horseman added living at Villa Maria is like living with family. “If you are sick, people are always checking on you or they will bring you something to eat. It’s wonderful. Patsy and her staff put in a lot of hours making sure we have a fun, safe and enjoyable place to live. I’m blessed to call Villa Maria home,” she said.
Villa Maria resident Mary Zarate enjoys playing bingo. Rebecca Esparza for South Texas Catholic
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