Bethesda’s mission to provide high-quality care to seniors comes full circle with Howard Watson, a 98-year old retired accountant and World War II veteran radio operator. A resident of Bethesda Terrace, Howard has served as one of Bethesda’s most dependable volunteers over the years.
Howard and his wife, Gloria, lived at Bethesda Terrace for four years before Gloria was
moved to Bethesda Southgate for skilled nursing care. Howard’s daily visits to see Gloria at Bethesda Southgate allowed him to come to know many of the staff quite well.
Seeking Opportunities to Volunteer
After Gloria passed away, Howard asked the staff at Southgate if they had any opportunities available for him to volunteer. He was asked to steward the hydration cart, bringing water and juice to resident rooms. He was so well-loved by the residents and staff that he continued to work the hydration station for more than four years.
“I thoroughly enjoyed being in charge of the hydration cart and having the ability to mingle with the residents as well as the staff,” Howard says. “It was all very pleasant.”
Howard has since shared his accounting skills and business acumen throughout Bethesda, and has helped Bethesda’s fundraising staff complete office tasks such as stuffing envelopes and preparing mailings.
Encouraging Others & Giving Back
Howard also encourages his fellow residents to become involved. “It’s very fulfilling to help people,” he says of being able to give back to his community. “It fills a void in my life, the staff is very nice, and volunteering is a great way to make connections.”
Howard says he will continue to be grateful for being part of the Bethesda family as both a resident and volunteer. “The fact that I have lived here for over 10 years certainly is indicative that I am very happy here,” he says. “Living in this type of environment, you’re free of the responsibilities of home ownership and maintenance. You have peace of mind.”