Words of encouragement to be distributed to Lafayette nursing home

Goal is to gather 100 messages
Posted at 6:38 PM, Apr 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-20 19:38:14-04

As an educator, Jakeithia Prejean loved the idea of the community adopting a high school senior and wanted to do something similar for the elderly.

"We thought about the residents at the local nursing homes who can't get visitors, so we decided to do words of encouragement," said Jakeithia Prejean.

The idea was pushed on Facebook, asking the community to send in their personalized notes.

The process is simple. It only requires an individual to type a message and send it via email to

"As they send me the email, I'm going to handwrite each card, and I'm going to put the name of the person who sent it, and then deliver it hopefully by Friday to the activity director and let her distribute them to her residents," said Prejean.

This week the letters will be handed out to the 100 residents at Amelia Manor Nursing Home in Lafayette. Depending on how many emails are received, Prejean hopes to keep the project going.

"If we get more than 100 words of encouragement, we would love to contact nursing homes in Acadiana to see if the activities director would love for us to do the same thing for their residence as well," said Prejean.

As of Monday, roughly 40 people sent in personal notes via email, and with the help of Acadiana, Prejean says she hopes to hit 100, so every senior at Amelia Manor receives words of encouragement.