STARTING THE NEW YEAR OFF RIGHT BY GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY—PROVIDING COMFORT TO KIDS IN NEED
LONGVIEW, Texas, January 15, 2013: During the first few months of a new year, a lot of people are working hard to stick to their resolutions. At Buckner Westminster Place, the residents and staff are not pledging to lose weight or make more money; their goal is to have a greater impact by making more of a difference in the community this year. The residents are hard at work on their first project. They are making flannel security blankets by hand that will provide comfort and warmth to children in need. Several residents are involved, including 99-year-old Jim Blackman.
“I think it is wonderful. We enjoy making them, and we know they will be appreciated by the kids,” said Blackman. “The kids will see that people are thinking of them and have not forgotten them. We are doing this with love for the kids. I think it is a great idea to do more community service projects this year.”
The blankets are all being made with bright, cheerful colors. The group hopes to
donate three dozen blankets next month to Hiway 80 Rescue Mission-Hope Haven Home for Women and Children. Many of the children come in with few belongings and little more than the clothes on their backs.
“It warms our hearts to help children in our community. I am so encouraged by the outpouring of generosity from residents in their 70s, 80s and 90s,” said Wes Wells, executive director of Buckner Westminster Place. “I am excited to see what we can accomplish this year. We did some great community service projects last year, and we want to do even more in 2013.”
ABOUT BUCKNER WESTMINSTER PLACE
Buckner Westminster Place, a Buckner Retirement Services community, is a non-profit, faith-based senior living community offering 89 independent living apartments and patio homes for active adults aged 62 and above. In addition, the community offers a continuum of care including 30 assisted living apartments, 25 memory care support residences and 20 private bedrooms in the Green House® homes for skilled nursing care. Buckner Westminster Place is the only complete CCRC (continuing care retirement community) in Longview which accommodates these four levels of living and care as residents’ needs change.
Located near the Longview Mall and just minutes from area medical centers, Buckner Westminster Place gives residents a beautiful way to live. The community includes a 16-acre lakeside setting with walking trails and spacious well-manicured grounds.
Residents can enjoy delicious dining and warm fellowship in beautifully arranged dining rooms. The community also has an on-site life enrichment coordinator, chapel, full-time chaplain, on-site worship services, beauty/barber salon and weekly housekeeping/linen service.
A partnership with the Good Shepherd Institute for Healthy Living gives residents and staff access to a wellness center that includes classrooms, a resistance pool, a track and exercise equipment. The community provides transportation to the wellness center.
ABOUT BUCKNER RETIREMENT SERVICES
Buckner Retirement Services, Inc. is one of the largest not-for-profit senior living organizations in Texas dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for senior adults and their families by promoting an active, healthy Christian lifestyle while maintaining their independence and dignity. Buckner Retirement Services is part of Buckner International, a global faith-based ministry serving more than 450,000 people each year in the United States and 18 countries worldwide.