The clients at Renaissance Adult Day Services enjoyed a holiday celebration filled with family tradition on Tuesday, November 25, 2014. Betty Lockwood, 80 and mother of Renaissance Executive Director, Eileen Parenti, served everyone a piece of her famous “Betty’s Blessing” Apple Cake while sharing stories about growing up in New Jersey’s smallest licensed nursing home from 1946-1966, the house where she, in turn, raised Eileen. Senator Diaz joined everyone for the celebration at 787 E. 156th Street and handed out $10 gift cards for holiday food shopping.
Lockwood believes that baking is simply another way to care for people. “That’s why when I bake, I bake with love. While I’m baking I say my prayers and have my rosary on. I put blessed salt in the cake and a tablespoon of holy water to bless the people who receive the cake.” Lockwood will make more than 150 cakes this holiday season, not including the cakes she brought to Renaissance.