Nothing builds up a community like the holiday season. HERE Champaign took this opportunity to foster friendships and show our appreciation for our residents. For the week in between Thanksgiving break and the start of December, the HERE Champaign team put together an electrifying Resident Appreciation Week!
The first of our events took our residents on a journey across the globe. With over 350 pieces of sushi, residents were able to experience Asian cuisine from a local renown restaurant. The HERE staff provided residents with an amazing culinary experience.
A delicious waffle, smiling staff, and five types of whipped cream greeted our residents the next morning. To our residents' enjoyment we were able to start their morning off right with tasty treats and an opportunity to provide feedback about their experience. This was an excellent way to assess what our community needs and wants from our team.
Next, we harnessed the only true way to reach a college student, through free groceries! After countless steps walked through supermarkets, HERE Champaign constructed amazing gift baskets for the grocery bingo event! The prize baskets contained everything a resident might need to have an amazing night in! From a pizza night to a baking night, the prizes seemed endless. Our residents could not get enough and begged for future appearances of grocery bingo!
To top off our Resident Appreciation Week, our HERE Champaign team put our Frosty hats on and brought winter inside for HERE Champaign's 1st Annual Winter Wonderland Festival. With snowflakes, tinsel, and glitter galore, HERE residents were able to stroll through a magical snowy escape. Through our amenity floor, residents were able to build gingerbread houses, roast marshmallows for s'mores, decorate a candy apple, play games, and more. The heart of the event was at the community table where everyone gathered to talk and laugh while decorating their own piece of HERE's gingerbread village. Everyone walked around admiring the decoration and hard work our team put into the event and decorations. Several requested that our decor stay up throughout the month to lift their spirits while studying for finals and writing papers. Of course, we did not say no!
All in all, our team had a blast ensuring that our residents know how much we appreciate them. We were able to build strong relationships with our residents. This year HERE Champaign has made a commitment to always do better and continue to improve for the people who choose to make HERE their home.