A son-in-law’s story: (do your research – acquire perspective through knowledge)
For my mother-in-law, moving to Varenna 10 years ago was akin to going to heaven without dying.
It would take pages, and then more pages, and then more pages still, to fully enumerate the hourly, daily, weekly, monthly opportunities Varenna provides for its residents to nourish their lives physically, intellectually, spiritually, and socially. If you doubt this, do your research, and get real. Varenna is the infrastructure for engagement on every level that keeps oldsters active and vital. Are you interested in smashing to smithereens the normal attrition level of seniors at senior living facilities? Check out Varenna.
The confluence of “Diablo winds,” the state’s hottest summer on record (turning dry vegetation to tinder,) and a middle of the night surprise, turned Sunday October 8th into a massive firestorm that became among the worst in California’s history.
After my wife and I fled our own home with the explosion of Camp Newman cresting the hill to our west in flames and sparks as though the sun was rising in anger at 1:30 am that frightful Monday morning, and focused on Mom, we tried to access Varenna from both sides of Fountaingrove Parkway. The combination of State (highway patrol), County (Sheriff Department), and Santa Rosa City (Police) official chaos and dysfunction conspired to deny us, and to deny returning Varenna employees (which we witnessed) access to Varenna – “no way no how will we allow you up there, period.”
My wife and I shake our heads in admiration – how did you get all those complicatedly older people out alive? Absolutely heroic attitude and behavior. Thank you thank you Varenna management and staff!
Please use any part of this letter, and my over-a-decade of direct knowledge and experience that it represents, in any way you deem advisable.
PS – Bill and Cindy Gallaher are “salt of the earth” people, to their very essence and in the deepest meaning of the phrase. It pisses me off that people assume, suggest, or conclude otherwise.