Ruth Barrer learned how to sew at a very young age. Growing up on a cotton farm in Mississippi she and her sister spent many hours sewing their own clothes and sharing laughs along the way. While Ruth’s smile and laughter still remain, her ability to sew seemed to have slipped her memory due to her dementia diagnosis.
Thanks to Azura’s MOSAIC Dreams program, Ruth was able to recapture not only this memory, but her ability to use a sewing machine. In fact, almost immediately from the moment she walked into the Sew N’ Sew in Racine, her talent began to resurface. After a quick tutorial, Ruth was actively engaged in creating her very own pillowcase, which she now proudly displays to all at Azura.
Ruth’s sewing memories were also captured by The Journal Times, the daily paper for Racine County, serving as a spark of inspiration to people across the state that those with memory loss can still dream and with the proper supports, these dreams can result in magical moments, like Ruth’s!
We would like to extend a special thank you to Jim Diebler, owner of the Sew ‘N Sew and Diane Rusch, the sewing instructor who spent time helping Ruth regain her confidence. Thank you for being truly EXCEPTIONAL!
"We want to thank you for the loving special care you took of our mother, Diane. It was truly mom's home and you all became part of our family. Everything was home for her....from the beautiful rooms, large sunny windows all around, good food made with love, fun and personal activities from people who really loved our mom. We would highly recommend your facility to anyone. The staff from the director, to the doctor, to the nurse, to the caregivers and the maintenance man were all extremely helpful, caring, loving and professional. There are not enough words to say how much we appreciate all of you. Your exceptional care, kindness, and love were beyond anything we could have imagined. You were part of our family, and we will miss you." - Gail Sommers and Deborah Guse