School of Public Health Volunteers Give Back to the Community, Celebrate Dean Cleary’s Legacy
More than 130 volunteers from the Yale School of Public Health – faculty, students, alumni and staff – fanned out around New Haven and into nearby towns on Thursday, May 5, to give back to the community and to honor the accomplishments of Dean Paul Cleary, who is stepping down soon after leading the school for 10 years.
As part of the day, some 15 volunteers (CIRA staff included) visited Leeway in New Haven to help with springtime plantings and to spend time with its residents. It was a special experience for all involved.“The residents are always delighted to have members of the Yale community take time to talk, visit and to share their own experiences. In a short time, a trusting relationship develops between our residents and their new Yale buddies. Our staff helps by preparing residents for the visit, but the relationships are solidified by the interactions. As the pictures demonstrate, the residents' self-image is enhanced and they feel a great deal of love and respect for all of the participants. On behalf of the staff and the residents of Leeway, a great big ‘thank you,'” said Heather Aaron, the center's executive director.