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November 4, 2010
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November 4, 2010
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During my four years on the Episcopal Place Board I have observed first hand what a happy place it is for the residents. They can be private if they prefer or they can take part in a multitude of activities provided by churches and community groups. During several "Jewelry Workshops" for residents, I provided beads and stringing material and watched each participant enjoy creating a necklace for herself. And we had fun together! The first-rate staff is available to meet needs of residents on an ongoing basis. Episcopal Place provides housing which allows residents to age comfortably in a pleasant, safe environment.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the happy, healthy residents who live there!

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I do not know what changes are needed right now. I would continue to offer the current services.

November 4, 2010
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November 4, 2010
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Episcopal Place is an example of what is right with America's system for housing and supports for seniors and individuals with physical and mental challenges. Through its innovative food and care programs and housing services, Episcopal Place is providing home for many individuals who otherwise would not have a safe and secure place to live.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing individuals cared for with dignity and respect.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Replicate the model across the country

November 4, 2010
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November 4, 2010
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Episcopal Place literally does "the work of Christ" in providing a safe, secure, and community-oriented home for many who might otherwise struggle for a home. The services provided and the sense of family and caring that is self-evident make me proud to be a Board member and a financial supporter. This is the work we should be about. I am grateful for the clear witness of love that exemplifies Episcopal Place.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I see results in the faces of the staff, the feelings of the residents, and the satisfaction I experience as a Board member.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Sustain the excellent work/ministry that is underway.

November 3, 2010
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November 3, 2010
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Before I became a member of the Board I had many interactions with residents of Episcopal Place since several were members where I attended church. But the most memorable and inspiring resident was an essentiallly non-verbal paralyzed man who traveled in his electric wheelchair around the neighborhood selling candy. Although he couldn't speak he had no trouble communicating and was very friendly. Whenever I ran into him I would buy candy I didn't need, but I never thought about where he lived and how he survived. One day I saw him getting off the bus at Episcopal Place. I learned not only was EP a retirement community but it could accomodate the disabled. As the years have gone by this man doesn't sell candy any more. But he, and others like him, have a safe and comfortable place to live at Episcopal Place. And he still enjoys life...especially during football season!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

By interacting with the residents and seeing how happy they are in this setting. The facility is clean and full of light and activities.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

More resources would allow them to provide more "extra services" to the residents. Some minor assistance would make it possible for some of the residents to live semi-independently for a longer time and prevent the need for them to move prematurely to a nursing facility.

October 29, 2010
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October 29, 2010
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I first became affiliated with Episcopal Housing as a participant in their annual fundraiser, the Gumbo Gala of Birmingham. It was during that cooking competition that I was struck by the passion and energy of all the workers and volunteers associated with this great institution. Having dealt with elder and special needs care in my own family, I immediately recognized the special impact that truly dedicated individuals can have on the lives of those in their care, and the effects on the residents who enjoyed the festivities that day was evident. Making a difference, a true difference, in the lives of seniors and special needs folks takes a dedication you cannot buy or hire out. That sort of motivation has to come from within, and Episcopal Place has done as good a job as I've ever seen in attracting the type of people who express true love and devotion through their service. They are not employees, they are extended family members to the residents, and as a result the residents enjoy the highest quality of life possible. This is truly one of the special places, and deserves recognition as such.

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Through my interaction with the residents, I have personally seen and heard the impact that truly loving care can make on the lives of those who too often feel neglected or overlooked. In turn, that love is paid forward amongst the residents so that a true sense of community is fostered, and where other similar facilities might provide a residence the Episcopal Place has succeeded in providing a home.

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I wish their outreach could be expanded. There are others that could benefit from the special community that the Episcopal Place has built, and with proper funding I would like to see that community expanded so that those benefits could be extended to everyone who so richly deserves them.

October 29, 2010
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October 29, 2010
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I always enjoy coming to Board meetings because the minute I walk through the lobby I can see the results of our work. There is a happy and home-like atmosphere. The residents know me and greet me. They know that we are working together as a community. We are all part of the same team.

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Episcopal Place has always been a leader in its field, offering supportive services to residents before they were mandated. I have learned how to help an organization evolve new vision, how to define a clear mission and how to stick with it when times are hard.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can't think of any changes I'd like to see at this time.

October 29, 2010
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October 29, 2010
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Episcopal Place provides a home for people who do not have the resources so often needed. As a board member, I have been humbled and privileged to see the change that Episcopal Place makes in the lives of its residents. From helping to be sure that a city bus route that serves the disabled continued to operate to coordinating events in house especially for those who cannot easily get out, this nonprofit fulfills a truly needed mission.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Residents have told us their stories and we have visited their apartments and the events at Episcopal Place

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide more funds to ensure that it can continue to carry out its mission.

October 28, 2010

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October 28, 2010

I have lived at Episcopal Place for 12 years. I was anxious about living independently. At the time, I looked into several different apartment complexes and Episcopal Place had the accessible unit I needed as well as being subsidized so my rent was lower. I have gained more and more independence and self worth living at Episcopal Place. I have been able to advocate for my needs and wants as well as reaching out to help others. The 12 years I have lived here have not always been perfect, however I have worked my way through the problems with staff support. I have maintained a job for 2 1/2 years that I love and am very confident in my duties. All of this is a blessing from God and without him I would not have the courage to live life to its fullest.

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The staff allowed me to advocate for continued transportation to work as well as assisting with the van onsite when the public buses were unavailable. Services have been made available to me to allow me to remain independent including housekeeping , meal preparation, and personal care.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

It would be extremely helpful to have a van driver on staff that is available during the day. I would like to change the gathering spot from the front door to a specified sitting area that is conducive to everyone especially people in wheelchairs.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Independent Living Center

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

Continue to be myself and to be a positive role model

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

October 28, 2010

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October 28, 2010

I have enjoyed the experience of colaberating with the residents. I have asked them to deliver flyers, cards or memos to other residents and they seem to get a sense of being needed and I think this is a boost to thier moral. I try to assist with basic necessities, postage, working on the internet, etc.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

a number of ways. I have seen residents age in place and enjoy the last phrase of their lives. I am proud that God has allowed me to assist in the process and I hope I can help train a younger person appreciate the joy of helping the elderly and people with disabilities.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to provide transportation to doctors appointments and to work.

October 27, 2010

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October 27, 2010

Now that my own parents are living in an assisted living facility, I can even better understand why Episcopal Place is so needed in our community. Fortunately, my own parents can afford to pay the $5,000 per month that it costs for them to live in assisted living. They are fortunate to be among the elderly and disabled adults who have retirement income, retirement savings and a long-term health care insurance policy to cover the costs of long-term care. But for the 146 seniors and disabled adults who live at Episcopal Place, that is not the case. Our residents lived on fixed incomes and some of them do not have enough income to cover the bare necessities they need each month. Our independent living facility provides them affordable housing through HUD (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) and our foundation raises funds in the community to provide them with supportive services like transportation, subsidized noon meals and housekeeping, resident activities, pastoral care and counseling. Many of our residents, based on physical disabilities and limitations, could qualify for assisted living, but they cannot afford the cost, so living at Episcopal Place with supportive services helps them avoid having to move prematurely to a nursing home on Medicaid. One of our most remarkable residents is a 42-year-old man with cerebral palsy. Despite his physical limitations, he works part-time at Publix and tries to be a positive influence in the lives of everyone he encounters. His whole life is about helping others and doing good works. He is a customer service representative for Publix, helping shoppers find items they need in the store. Many people who shop at that store on a regular basis know this resident by name. Each time we take our display board out in the public to promote Episcopal Place, we have someone comment on the picture of that resident and say they know him from Publix. They always comment on his positive attitude and his desire to help. This resident says that living at Episcopal Place for the past 7 years has helped him become that person that he is today. Because Episcopal Place has been here to help him with his needs, he wants to share his good fortune with others. We hear that same sentiment from many of our residents who feel blessed to live at Episcopal Place. It is a wonderful facility that is making a real difference in the lives of those who live here.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching residents live their everyday lives. Each day, I see their needs and see how Episocpal Place staff help them access resources that will help them meet those needs.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make it bigger and able to serve even more people. This is a wonderful model for providing affordable housing and supportive services for seniors and disabled adults. We have a very long waiting list and need to be in a position where we can serve more people who need help.

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