On September 14, 2017, Elmcroft of Heritage Woods helped Ursula Prince celebrate her Second Wind Dream. The morning began with an exciting police escort to Dauphin Island. (Courtesy of Renetta’s connections with the Mobile Police Department). Along to help her celebrate the dream were Renetta McMillan, Heartland Village Leader and Aegina M. Jokela, Healthy Lifestyles Director.
The ladies met with Martha Caldwell, Ursula’s good friend and were able to tour the historic Ft. Gaines where Ursula had worked for over 20 years. The staff at the fort welcomed Ursula back home with hugs and smiles and enjoyed reminiscing with her about her years of service. The group then went to the Little Red Schoolhouse where they were greeted by Dauphin Island’s Mayor- Jeff Collier and shown around the museum and new lending library.
The cherry on the top was when Ursula was able to eat at her favorite Chinese restaurant where the owners were waiting to greet her with open arms and hearts. They remembered her favorite dish and enjoyed reminiscing with her about her frequent visits to their establishment. Ursula returned to Heritage Woods with a full tummy and a smile on her face.
(The fort for those not familiar with it was established in 1821, it is best known for its role in the Battle of Mobile Bay during the American Civil War. Exhibits include the huge anchor from the USS Hartford, Admiral David Farragut's flagship on which he gave his world-famous command, "Damn the torpedoes – full speed ahead!" The fort also has the original cannons used in the battle, five pre-Civil War brick buildings in the interior courtyard, operational blacksmith shop and kitchens, tunnel systems to the fortified corner bastions, and similar features.)