It's a full day, starting before noon, said Edie Morgan, executive director of The Mustard Seed Project.
By dusk, about 15 homes have been visited.
"The biggest challenge is making sure people are home while retaining the element of surprise.
Part of the fun is arriving when we were not expected," Morgan
The singers are staff members, volunteers who work with The Mustard Seed Project
, along with others who are in choirs or who just want to sing.
said they have been accompanied by different instruments over the years too, but this year they hope to reprise last year's performance with a ukulele.
"The experience brings tears to many eyes.
I am next to certain it is tears of joy," Morgan
said with a smile.
The Mustard Seed Project Executive Director Edie Morgan said she has spent many years considering the models available for caring for elders in a way that honors their wisdom and encourages as much independence as possible.
attended a workshop presented by The Green House Project.
Terri Sult, a consultant on the project, said, "I have been in contact with Edie since 2007 when she first had the vision of what you would all like to accomplish so that people don't have to leave the Key Peninsula as they age and have home care needs."
"We'll be applying for a predevelopment loan to do all the necessary preliminary planning -to hire a project manager, to secure a site, hire an architect to draw up preliminary plans, and then to hire a contractor," Morgan
"We're aware of affordable loans for the assisted living portion of the project, and can get standard financing for the other buildings.
But there will be a funding gap, and we expect to need to raise nearly $3 million to make this happen.
I believe we can do it."
An advisory committee will work with Morgan
and the board to hire a project manager.