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Sunny Hill gets new bus

5/23/2018, 3:31 p.m.
thetimesweekly.com The Will County Board accepted the keys to a new bus for residents of Sunny Hill Nursing Home at ...

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The Will County Board accepted the keys to a new bus for residents of Sunny Hill Nursing Home at their May Board Meeting. The bus was purchased with funds raised by The Friends of Sunny Hill, a non-profit group that supports the nursing home and it's residents through fundraising and community involvement.

"We're thrilled to have a group of volunteers like the Friends of Sunny Hill who are dedicated to going above and beyond for our Will County seniors," said Health and Public Safety Chair Judy Ogalla (R-Monee).

The bus is used to take residents on outings, to appointments, and on shopping trips.

President of the Sunny Hill Resident Council Jamie Wesley presented the keys to the Will County Board at the May board meeting saying, "We really are proud of our bus, it's so much better than our last one."

After months of fundraising, Friends of Sunny Hill was able to write a check for $76,000 to pay for the new bus, which has increased capacity for residents who use a wheel chair, better heating, and other upgrades. The bus is the third bus that Friends of Sunny Hill has purchased since 1990.

Sunny Hill Nursing Home has 152 residents. A group of residents took the bus to the board meeting for the presentation to the county board.

"Our seniors are some of our most valuable residents," said County Board Member Denise Winfrey (D-Joliet). "This bus helps them maintain their connection with the community."