Residents of Assisted Living Facility Achieve Goal of Riding Sun-Spot Bus

Emily Ness
Updated: February 17, 2020 10:29 PM

Rays of sunshine were brought to seniors at Augustana Care Moose Lake Assisted Living facility Monday through the Sun-Spot. This is a bus that travels around town providing people with light to improve health and happiness. The seniors raised money to bring the bus to their facility.


“We are so thankful and excited to be here,” Sue York said about she and her sister Katherine who own the bus together.

Born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Miami Florida, the sisters have long loved the sun. They channeled their passion for the sun to create the Sun-Spot with lights that produce serotonin and boost Vitamin D absorption.

“The reason all exists on this planet is because we’re the distance we are from this beautiful star called the sun so respect it and use it and love it,” Katherine York said.

For most residents, the bus was a first-time experience. Additionally, it was one that was convenient because it was brought directly to them. Even though the bus didn’t leave the parking lot, one resident said that being on the bus felt like a getaway.

“It’s a challenge to start a business no one else has done and to get it off the ground takes a lot of guts and stamina that we don’t always have so when people like these beautiful women make it happen to bring us to them, we are lifted and empowered and it just manifests into us continuing to do what we do,” Sue said.

The sisters said they hoped to spread the word about health benefits associated with light to the living facility as a whole.

“Seniors are suffering from vitamin D deficiency. Everybody is and particularly seniors and we all need to be exposed to the sun and if they can’t get it here, we need to be supplementing and getting outside in the sun when we can,” Sue said.

Someday, the sisters say they would like to have mobile units like their bus all over the world. But for now, they say they can be found at public stops around  town. Their weekly schedule can be found on their Facebook page.

"It is $5 for 30 minutes," Sue said. "Come and find us. You’ll see us traveling around town. We are a little red bus with a big sun on it so you can’t really miss us."  

The senior’s original goal was to raise $200 to book the Sun-Spot, but the group ended up raising over $1000. With the extra money they made, they plan to buy sun lights for residents to use year round.


Emily Ness

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