Lori Reda is new to her position as program coordinator for Levy Gardens Assisted Living, but she’s not new to the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation.
First hired as an aid at Heritage Manor in 2006, she also worked in the activities department and adult day services there. As program coordinator, Reda plans a wide range of activities for the Levy Gardens tenants.
Recently, they painted pumpkins. Another day, she visited each room with an ice cream cart playing music. “They love to play Bingo, so I try to play Bingo a couple times a week with them,” she said.
In the future, when the pandemic is over, they will take trips out into the community, to restaurants and other area venues. “I think [the tenants] need to be occupied,” Reda said. “They need people and love around them.”
When they participate in the activities, “they’re getting happiness, joy, they laugh,” she said. Prior to working at Heritage Manor, Reda worked in housekeeping at another facility. She wasn’t allowed to help the residents, so she became an STNA. “I love my job,” she said. “I love working with the elderly people. They’re very wise.”
Sara Miller, director of Levy Gardens, said, “Lori has been a great addition to our Levy Gardens family. She has a fun, high-energy personality and brings that energy to her programs. We love having her here.”
Reda’s two children live locally, so she gets lots of family time. Her daughter Ashly has a 7-year-old son, Lorenzo. She will have a baby girl, to be named Carmella, in November. Her son A.J. and daughter-in-law Tracy will welcome a baby boy, to be named Jameson, in March. When she’s not working, Reda enjoys shopping and spending time with friends she’s known since high school.