It was Kona Ice Truck Day for the residents, staff, families and neighbors at Cambridge House of Swansea on one of the hottest days in June. But a special visit from Illinois Sen. Christopher Belt made it all worthwhile.

Sen. Belt greeted everyone with a welcoming handshake. The tilt of his head as he spoke to folks made us all feel like we were the most important person on his agenda that day.

A lifelong resident of the Illinois Metro East Area, Sen. Belt served in law enforcement for nearly two decades before being sworn in to the General Assembly.  An advocate of education, he has an undergraduate degree in history and masters degrees in public administration and professional counseling from Lindenwood University. He has also wrote a book to encourage children to be safe and responsible citizens called “The Adventures of Nate the Goat.”

We all found the senator to be quite a remarkable man.

On this blistering summer day, he engaged in casual conversation about individuals he knew who lived at Cambridge House and the benefits of our supportive living community. He greeted everyone and made an impression on people who sometimes feel forgotten or invisible.

We thank Sen. Belt for visiting with us and learning more about the impact that the Illinois Supportive Living Program is having on seniors in the Swansea area.