Happy Birthday, Jennie Verne Parris!

Today would be my Grandmother Jennie’s 100th birthday. She wanted so badly to live to celebratDa smalle that milestone birthday, pushing herself in every way to achieve it. She didn’t want to say goodbye to her family she loved so much. She lost a hard fought battle with Congestive Heart Failure in March of 2015, two months shy of her 98th birthday.
I thought I would celebrate today for her by sharing one of her best recipes. Grandmother Jennie was an excellent cook, and my Grandfather used to brag to his family and friends– “Your Grandmother is the best cook in the city of Dallas,” as she smiled with pride. I would have to agree. I remember watching her make her homemade pie crust from a step stool next to her in the kitchen, my favorite being her cherry pie.
To make the crust, Grandmother would always use the Classic Crisco Pie Crust Recipe  – but with a twist. She had learned a secret from famed Texas chef Helen Corbitt and used the trick to make every crust. “Before you add the flour,” she whispered to me, “cream the shortening.”
Grandmother always insisted on using Comstock Cherry Pie Filling. To the filling, she’d add 1/3 cup of sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract, and dots of butter. Into a 350 degree oven it would go for 50 – 60 minutes until the cherries were bubbly and the crust golden brown.
Happy 100th birthday Grandmother Jennie!
With love,

2017 Pajama Drive Kickoff

Our 2017 Pajama Drive Kickoff begins on Thursday, July 20, 2017.

Join us for breakfast from 830-1030 am, donate pajamas, get involved!

Our goal is to collect 1000 pair of men’s and women’s pajamas
to deliver to low/no income seniors this Christmas.

2017 Pajama Drive Kickoff


Acappella in Home Care
7920 Beltline Road #380
Dallas, TX 75254


Congratulations to one of our own Hope Self!

hopeAcappella is proud to announce that Hope Self has been given The Excellence in Nursing award by D Magazine. Hope has been an Acappella team member for over four years and has helped the company grow with hard work and compassion. Hope is a proud nurse for over 19 years and actively stays connected with her community. Hope is an ambassador for the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce and a board member of the Dallas County Adult Protective Services. In Hope’s free time she enjoys singing in her church choir and being with her family. Congratulations to Hope and her commitment to providing the very best care!

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End of Life Challenges 2017: Highlighting Best Practices of Palliative & Hospice Care.

Please join Seniors Blue Note and Acappella In Home Care for a special CNE activity on March 31st from 7:15 am to 4:15 pm at the Tradition – Lovers Lane Assisted Living & Memory Care.

Seating is limited for End of Life Challenges 2017: Highlighting Best Practices of Palliative & Hospice Care. Information and registration are here: End of Life Care Final Flyer PDF.


End of Life Challenges 2017
Friday, March 31st
7:15 am to  4:15 pm
The Tradition – Lovers Lane Assisted Living & Memory Care
5855 Milton Street
Dallas, Texas 75206
Valet parking available


Note: The activity has been submitted to the Texas Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. Texas Nurses Associations – Approver is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission Accreditation.

Acappella Family Wedding Celebration

The Acappella family is pleased to announce the marriage of our Lead Triage Nurse, Erica Shaw to Mr. John Moore. Please join us in wishing the happy couple many wonderful, joy filled years. Congratulations to you both!

Pictures from the Shaw-Moore wedding.

Pictures from the Shaw-Moore wedding.

Acappella Owner Featured in Brookhaven Alumni Newsletter

Acappella owner and Director of Nursing Jo Alch was featured in the latest edition of Brookhaven’s Alumni Newsletter. Read all about the entrepreneur and how she earned success:

Jo Alch Featured in the latest Brookhaven Alumni Newsletter

Jo Alch Featured in the latest Brookhaven Alumni Newsletter

Nursing Program Alum Combines Skills as a Successful Entrepreneur

Jo Alch remembers taking a test in the 7th grade on optimal career paths and the results confirmed her interest in nursing.  Since then Alch knew that nursing would ultimately be her profession.  After high school Alch, being from Lousiana, enrolled at LSU in hopes of majoring in nursing. Unfortunately, LSU did not have a nursing degree program, so she pursued other majors. Never finishing, she knew in her heart that nursing was her calling. During this time, Alch was financially strapped and knew she had to make some serious decisions about her career so she took various sales jobs in NYC and Dallas.

When Alch was 28, her grandmother was at Baylor Hospital having heart surgery.  Alch remembers that day vividly as a Brookhaven College nursing student walked in the room to take her grandmother’s vitals. After Alch struck up a conversation, the student expressed her enthusiasm and spoke of her wonderful experience with the nursing program at Brookhaven College. From that point, Alch decided to make her life-long goal of becoming a nurse a reality. 

Alch began taking some of the basic courses towards her eligibility for a nursing clinical program. She hopped from one DCCCD college to another enrolling in courses to fit her work schedule.

Sometimes taking only one course at a time. Alch was under some financial pressure so she worked diligently and tried to keep up with her studies.

“At times I was so broke I had to resort to making copies of chapters for required readings from fellow students.  I was determined to get into the program–despite the difficulties I was experiencing; I made all A’s,” Alch said.

When it was time to apply for the nursing clinical program, all Alch wanted was to be accepted to Brookhaven College since she had heard great things about their nursing clinical program. “I applied, and prayed,” Alch said.

The clinical nursing program at Brookhaven is very competetive, but a few months after her application, Alch was accepted. She was overjoyed and then reality sunk in; how would she pay for the program? Alch and her husband were not in the proper income bracket to receive grants.

“We were barely above the poverty line, but made too much for grants. So I worked two jobs–at a hospital one shift a week, and at restaurant while going to Brookhaven. Somehow with two toddlers and an awesome husband who also worked two jobs, I did it, “ Alch said.

After graduation in 1995, Alch began working in hospice. She loved her career and worked in hospice for many years.  Seeing a void in private-duty home care specializing in hospice care, in 2006 Alch decided to take another leap of faith and start her own agency, Acappella in Home Care. By offering excellent service to her clients, Acappella quickly became one of the leading providers in home care in the Dallas – Ft. Worth area. Her agency has won numerous awards, including  D Magazine Excellence in Nursing Best in Home Care, Great 100 RNs for DFW, and North Dallas Living Best Home Care.

Alch holds a special place in her heart for Brookhaven College. She credits the college as one of the main reasons for her success today. “Anytime Brookhaven comes up in a conversation, I am always ready to share my wonderful experiences while a student. I will be eternally grateful to Brookhaven College for giving me such an incredible education,” Alch said.

With the start of the Brookhaven College Alumni Engagement Program, Alch has plans on becoming an active volunteer to give back to her beloved institution, Brookhaven College.

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