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Volunteers of America is pleased to announce the appointment of Sarah Cuthbert as the new life enrichment coordinator for Horizons Care Center. The life enrichment coordinator works with all residents to support their social and emotional well-being in positive and constructive ways within the community.

Cuthbert received her bachelor of science degree in May 2016 in recreation, parks and tourism and administration with an emphasis in therapeutic recreation from Western Illinois University. Western Illinois University is located in Macomb, Ill., southwest of Chicago.

"I chose to apply for the position because I enjoy working with the older population," Cuthbert said. "Recreation and leisure are a very important part of maintaining a happy and healthy lifestyle. Therapeutic recreation is great evidence-based technique to improve an individual's quality of life."

Cuthbert's first experience in caring for others was as a personal assistant for a young man with a spinal cord injury.She worked with him for about a year and was responsible for his daily care.

She said she enjoys learning and hearing about older adults' lives and what they have lived through. "I love history and being able to hear about it from a person who lived it is inspiring."

Cuthbert grew up in Tinley Park, Ill. Her hobbies are horseback riding, hiking, camping, water sports and volunteering with Special Olympics.

Horizons Care Center's life enrichment program is supported by the talents and time of many local volunteers in a wide variety of activities. Anyone interested in learning more about the volunteer program can contact Cuthbert for details at 835-2600.

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