NATIONAL CHURCH RESIDENCES CELEBRATES GENEROSITY
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Hopeton Village, a National Church Residences affordable senior housing community, celebrated its generous supporters and receipt of a $50,000 grant during a Celebration of Giving Ceremony at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 12, 153 University Drive in Chillicothe. The 109-bed development combines affordable independent living and assisted living apartments as well as a green retrofit program.
Speakers at the celebration included:
- Chillicothe Mayor Jack Everson
- Ray McGinnis representing MetLife
- Sarah Torsell representing Enterprise Community Partners
- Jerry Whited, CPA, representing the Robert E & Genevieve B. Schafer Fund
- Don Russell, Chair, National Church Residences Chillicothe Foundation Board
- Rev. Jim Grove, pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Chillicothe, and
- Tom Slemmer, president and CEO of National Church Residences
The event was held to thank Enterprise Community Partners & MetLife Foundation, The Robert E. & Genevieve B. Schaefer Fund and others for their generosity to National Church Residences andHopetonVillage.
In August, National Church Residences received the 2012 MetLife Foundation Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing forHopetonVillage, which includes a $50,000 unrestricted grant. The award honors National Church Residences’ leadership, innovation and quality in affordable senior housing. It also recognizes the organization for successfully incorporating green elements in their housing. The MetLife Award, jointly awarded by MetLife and Enterprise Community Partners, is presented to four organizations nationally.
Ms. Torsell, regional grant manager for Enterprise Community Partners, said, “We applaud National Church Residences’ efforts to better integrate health care into housing and truly reposition housing as the hub for health care delivery while keeping seniors independent.” She noted that 33 applicants competed for the award.
In January, The Robert E. and Genevieve B. Schaefer Fund awarded National Church Residences $16,850 toward replacing the existing lift-equipped van. “Of the MetLife award funds, $7,500 was used to replace the Hopeton Village lift-van,” said Jeff Wolf, senior vice president of Philanthropy and Communications and COO of National Church Residences Foundation. National Church Residences provides free scheduled lift-van transport to our residents and their families in Chillicothe.
“The balance of the award will be used to support resident programs and services that enhance the quality of life on our Chillicothe campus,” Wolf said.
National Church Residences is committed to excellence that transforms the lives of the people it serves. The not-for-profit organization is an innovative leader in integrating housing, health care and supportive services, serving seniors of all income levels and families. With 330 communities in 28 states and Puerto Rico, National Church Residences operates five continuing care retirement communities and is the nation’s largest developer and manager of affordable senior housing. It also operates supportive housing for the formerly homeless. The National Church Residences model of person-centered care includes adult day health, assisted living, senior housing, skilled nursing homes, rehabilitation center, outpatient therapy, home health care and hospice. For more information, visit www.nationalchurchresidences.org.