With so many purposeful, physically challenging and intellectually stimulating things to do at Victory Centre of Joliet, a resident could easily and happily become a “homebody.” But, living in a residential neighborhood close to shopping, Bicentennial Park, and downtown Joliet keeps residents venturing out and actively connected to the larger community.
See how, inside and out, Victory Centre of Joliet residents are living the good life!
Fostering a Sense of Family and Community
Joliet residents spread sunshine through volunteer efforts
Due to the smaller size of Victory Centre of Joliet, our residents become even more like family than in a larger community. Just like being part of a family, our residents take an active role in the day to day happenings of their home. Some residents share the responsibility of welcoming new residents and introducing them around. Others make sure no resident or staff member’s birthday gets missed by presenting a card signed by all on their big day. Residents also give back to the community by making flower vases for the Joliet Hospice and fleece pillows for children at local hospitals. They collect school supplies for nearby Farragut Elementary School, food for local shelters and plastic bags to be made into mats for the homeless.
Sharing Talents and Stories
Victory Centre residents share their talents too. Like the musically-gifted resident Bonnie who plays the community’s keyboard for happy hours, special events and spiritual programs. The hymns are the favorite as are oldies but goodies like “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” and “Rock-A-Bye Your Baby.” Bonnie also jams with Joliet’s rhythm musicians as part of the popular Good Vibrations drumming circles.
The weekly Story Trails program promotes relationship building while celebrating each resident’s individuality. Residents get to know each other on a deeper level by sharing personal stories on set topics such as first dates, family traditions, traveling, and childrearing.
Out and About
Victory Centre of Joliet residents enjoy regular trips to local destinations like the Adler Planetarium, Museum of Science and Industry, Joliet Historical Museum and Chicago Historical Museum. They also enjoy an open invitation to participate in the annual opportunity to go horseback riding and camping on a day or overnight trip with Camp! VIVA.
Stretching Our Minds…and Legs!
There’s ample ways to exercise the brain and body at Victory Centre of Joliet
Onsite Lifelong Learning Center classes help turn Victory Centre of Joliet into a college campus with online educational classes, enlightening educational movies like Discovery’s “Blue Planet,” and guest lecturers. Residents can participate in these monthly educational opportunities as well pursue other brain-stimulating activities like learning to speak Spanish or play an instrument.
The ongoing exploration of other cultures, lands and ethnic traditions is part of Joliet’s VIVA! World Tour program. Each month arm-chair travelers virtually visit new destinations by sampling other area’s foods, arts and crafts, languages and dialects and viewing their natural and manmade wonders. Joliet’s culinary club especially enjoys cooking up new recipes inspired by the World Tour!
To help keep their bodies as fit, Victory Centre residents can work up a sweat in yoga, laughter yoga or chair chi. Others prefer to join the walking club or the resident-led dance class. In warmer months, they also enjoy gardening outdoors in Joliet’s Victory Garden.