Feeling at Home in a Retirement Community

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retirement community living is good for this grandfatherMr. Morley Frech is one of the most recognizable faces at the Maryland Masonic Homes. When asked how this came to be he will admit that he wasn’t always the outgoing, social butterfly that we all know today. When he and his wife moved to Bonnie Blink, Mr. Frech was more concerned with the care of his wife, who suffered from Alzheimer’s, than his own happiness. He made the move because the role of a full-time caregiver was becoming too much for him to handle.

After the passing of his wife three months after their arrival, Mr. Frech turned to prayer to find guidance. The answer he received was, “Don’t dwell on the past as there is nothing you can do to change it, dwell instead on the present as you never know what will come tomorrow.” Mr. Frech decided that getting involved within his new home would be the best way to begin to rebuild. He started slowly; building puzzles in the Game Room with fellow residents provided a means to get to know his new neighbors. Mr. Frech quickly began to feel “at home” and in 2009 was elected as the President of the Resident Council. This proved to be an important year for the Council as the Masonic Homes was celebrating its milestone 75th Anniversary and there was much planning to be done. Mr. Frech completed his term, proud of his achievements, and a deeper relationship with his peers and the Bonnie Blink Staff.

Becoming involved with more than himself made life more enjoyable for Mr. Frech. He can now sit, look around and say, “This is my home.” He now enjoys being in the audience for Council meetings, but he is active on the Bingo Committee and volunteers at the Grand Lodge of Maryland. As a 62-year Mason, Mr. Frech never would have guessed that the Masonic Brotherhood would become such a large part of his life. Although he came every year to celebrate Harvest Home Day with Masons from all over the state, he looks at Bonnie Blink in a much different way now and appreciates all that has been given to him. Although he originally felt as though he’d given up everything to make this move, he will smile and tell you that, “I’d do it all over again.”

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