It’s the time of year when people decorate their homes and prepare for the holidays.

At Providence Place in Holyoke, the decorating takes on a community spirit as the residents and staff work together to create a place of beauty and joy.

Eva Gonzalez and Charlene Tkacz prepare flower arrangements

Eva and Charlene, who work in the Dining Services Department, used their creative artistry to prepare centerpieces for the annual Christmas Candlelight Dinner which is held for the residents.

They said that the centerpieces and other decorations help residents and staff feel “a little extra special” during this time of the year.

Marion Dolan and Margaret Fitzgerald admire their choir of angels.

Marion and Margaret, residents at Providence Place designed an “angel theme” display in the reception area’s glass display case. They worked with Sister of St. Joseph Joan Ryzewicz, director of resident services.

Sister Joan adds an angel

Of course, no Christmas display would be complete without the Holy Family.  Here they are surrounded by poinsettias and garland. This is just one of many images of Jesus, Mary and Joseph throughout the building. At Providence Place the residents and staff have beautiful and colorful reminders about the “reason for the season.”

The Holy Family

Photos courtesy of Providence Place, 5 Gamelin Street, Holyoke, 413-534-9700.