Adult day program raises its profile
By Reggie Ponder
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Annie Spruill says she wishes there was a Lonnie’s Heart of Hope when her own mother became sick and she and her sisters had to take turns getting off work to stay with her.
Spruill’s own personal experience having to take off time to care for a loved one motivated her to open Lonnie’s Heart of Hope Adult Day Program last December.
The program, based in a building at 122 Harding St., Elizabeth City, provides “high-quality life care” for elderly and disabled residents of Pasquotank County and surrounding areas, according to a program brochure.
Spruill said her goal in opening Lonnie’s Heart of Hope was to help people who need a place for their parents to come during the day. She said the center’s staff will take care of people, keep them busy and show them lots of love.
Though licensed since December, Spruill is trying to get the word out about Lonnie’s Heart of Hope. On Saturday, she held an open house and invited in the community.
Pasquotank Commissioner Bill Sterritt was among the attendees, calling Lonnie’s Heart of Hope a “wonderful place” that meets a pressing need.
City Councilman Michael Brooks, who lives behind the center, told attendees he appreciates the center being available to help families who need a day program for their parents and other loved ones. Brooks said Spruill really cares about people and is the ideal person to run a day program for adults.
Spruill explained that she operated a children’s day care for 15 years and worked 10 years providing services for disabled adults through the area mental health program. She credits her family for helping her start Lonnie’s Heart of Hope.
“This is my family,” Spruill said, asking them to come and stand beside her at Saturday’s event. “They helped me do this.”
Hezekiah Brown told Saturday’s open house attendees they should become ambassadors in the community for the center. He pointed out that the facility is clean, has a great staff and is centrally located.
“You would bring anyone here,” Brown said.
Brown said as he becomes older he might eventually come to the facility himself.
“I would be honored to come here,” Brown said.
The center is named after Spruill’s mother, Lonnie Mae Beasley, and was inspired by the memory of Beasley and of Dora Spruill Jones.
The program costs $35 a day and is reimbursable by Medicaid for those who qualify for the federal insurance program, Spruill said.
The program operates Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.