“You get rewarded for what you give. I have been doing this for three years and it becomes a more rewarding experience each and every time,” said Haven Hospice Patient James Barrett whose work with puzzles is bringing joy to fellow Haven Hospice patients, staff and fellow residents at Coral Landing Assisted Living.

It all started when a fellow resident at Coral Landing had several boxes of unfinished puzzles he brought from home. James decided to put them together, mount them and give them away. Now he and Haven Hospice Patient Margaret Miller have a table set aside in the solarium where they piece together fun for others.

Haven Hospice Patient Care Manager Cheryl Levesque displays one of James’ puzzles in her office. “I received a cat puzzle from my daughter as a gift, but I didn’t have time to put it together. James did some incredible work customizing and finishing this puzzle for me,” said Levesque. “It is so good to see that James is enjoying and embracing life.”

James has been asked to do a variety of scenes and subjects. When he receives any compensation for his puzzle creations, he buys and customizes more puzzles to give away. “I like doing puzzles that are 500 pieces or less.  It keeps me busy, gives me joy and makes people happy,” said James who works several hours after dinner on his puzzles with Margaret. Puzzle subjects range from tropical scenes and famous cities to boats and animals.