I have worked with a number of non-profits who sponsor apartment communities under the same HUD program as Episcopal Place. The services and activities that are being provided at EP far exceeds any others. They are able to provide these extras, due to the committed staff and Board of Directors. I would recommend anyone who needs support and assistance in finding low-income housing for seniors and the disabled to contact EP for an application.
Wonderful apartment community for seniors on a limited income. Great amenities and convenient location. Fantastic Staff!!
My husband has a relative who lives at Episcopal Place, and she is so happy there! There is no other place she could afford to live that offers companionship and activities to do. The entire family is grateful for this wonderful place!
A wonderful independent housing cooperative between the church and HUD! The supportive services add a rare dimension of community within the building, services, activities, spiritual support (for all faiths who desire it), and connection to the greater community outside the housing provision.
I have worked with and served Episcopal Place and their residents through volunteer work and board service. My experience has consistently been that the staff, employees and board are very focused on making Episcopal Place a fun, loving and warm community for all. You will not find a more kind group of people who work hard every day to help and serve others.
Episcopal Place is a safe haven for seniors on a fixed income. I have been associated with three residents over 20 years. If it were not for the affordable safe living that EP provides these seniors would be living on the street. The social stimulation and programs available enhance the lives of the citizens living there. Residents have transportation to medical appointments 3 days per week and the grocery store twice a week. In addition to this they have a food bank on the premises. Spiritual support is provided by an on site chaplain and include weekly worship services. A social worker is employed, full time, to assist the residents with any social service issues that invariably present themselves. Not only is EP safe but is also attractive. The public areas are attractive and clean. One resident I am acquainted with has mobility issues. A housekeeper is available to help this person clean the apartment. Every time I have been to EP I see residents visiting with each other in the common areas. Monthly birthday parties are held to celebrate those residents having a birthday. This allows special recognition for each resident. Our community is fortunate to have this safe haven in our neighborhood.
I have been privileged to be a part of Episcopal Place for 35 years. I cannot say enough good things about the staff, board of directors, and residents. Episcopal Place is committed to providing services (medical van transportation , meals and housekeeping programs, and activities) that helps our residents live independently in affordable housing. Everyday more than one person tells how thankful the are to be living at Episcopal Place and how thankful they are for our caring staff. I tell them I am the thankful one to be here to help care for them. If you would like to know more about Episcopal Place, please visit our website at www.episcopalplace.org.
I have been privileged to be a part of Episcopal Place for over 30 years. I cannot say enough good things about the staff, board of directors, and residents. Episcopal Place is committed to providing services (medical van transportation , meals and housekeeping programs, and activities) that helps our residents live independently in affordable housing for a longer time. Everyday more than one person tells how thankful the are to be living at Episcopal Place and how thankful they are for our caring staff. I tell them I am the thankful one to be here to help care for them. Episcopal Place has become my second family.
Each year, we give a Birthday/Fall Harvest Party at Episcopal place, and it is always wonderful to see the residents laughing and smiling and telling us stories about their life at Episcopal Place. It is wonderful when a facility is a true home, and there are true friends to be found, not just a place to stay. Blessings and Prayers for all the residents.
Episcopal Place has been in Birmingham, at the location now for as long as I have had a memory (you could say). When I was very young and spent many a weekend with my Grandparents, after church we went and visit their other deaf friends. I'll never forget us visiting there.
When I was older and could drive since my neighborhood was Highland Ave it became a landmark in my mind.
Fast forward and now my mother is part of the Episcopal Place organization, along with the other great staff members, the long running Gumbo Gala. I was honored to help last year, also my first time at the gala. I was overwhelmed by the support our community gives to EP.
No longer just a landmark I feel closer and see all the joy and care that is given to the residents!
It's really a great PLACE!
Episcopal Place (EP) provides low income housing for the elderly and disabled. Services provided by the program really make EP quite a special environment for our aged and often infirm residents, many of whom have a fixed income that falls into an extremely low income bracket and are unable to afford an assisted living facility. Although it is an independent living facility, over 90% of our residents require assistance with at least one or more basic daily self-care needs. EP offers a relief fund and pantry for seniors who are on fixed incomes and sometimes run out of food by the end of the month, provide subsidized lunches , transportation to doctor appointments and grocery shopping for those no longer able to drive, housekeeping services for the apartments, and provides services for the intellectual, emotional, and physical health of our seniors. The EP staff add a personal touch to caring for the residents of the Episcopal Place that allows them to feel safe and secure, while they are still able to have the privacy of living in their own apartment. Many of our residents would not be able to survive were it not for EP.
Many of our parishioners have lived at Episcopal Place. One in particular, a very creative woman, was able to remain active long into her journey with cancer because of the wonderful support from the staff. She was able to live affordably in comfort despite limited resources. Because of it's convenient location we were able to get her to church on Sundays after she was no longer able to drive.
I have also know friends whose parent lived there and were so glad that it was available, affordable and safe.
I have lived at Episcopal Place for 5 years now. I love living here. Each of the staff members is friendly, caring, and helpful. We have so many "extras" here: a bus to go to grocery or Wal mart, transportation to doctors offices, holiday parties, inexpensive lunches we can order if we are not wanting to cook, well run maintenance department to keep our apartments in good working order, two laundry rooms so we do not have to go off campus for laundry, a beauty shop for getting hair and nails done on site, a library with books we can borrow . We get movies with popcorn on the big screen TV in commons room, a birthday party each month sponsored by different churches in Birmingham, and knowledgeable people to talk to us about many subjects important to senior citizens.
I had heard good things about Episcopal Place before I applied for an apartment here, but the reality of living here has indeed far exceeded my expectations.
Episcopal Place is a unique and amazing organization providing a means for seniors and disabled adults to age in a home setting for as long as possible.
It is a well run organization. The executive director and staff are dedicated to making the lives of the residents fulfilling and meaningful. It provides a great service that is highly needed at this time.
Episcopal Place is almost too wonderful to be true! But..luckily for me and the other residents, it is true!
I moved here ten years ago after I retired at age 69. My one bedroom apartment is sunshiny and plenty of space for me and my kitty. I enjoy reading and just being in my apartment, but if I want to socialize, all I have to do is go to one of the common rooms provided for us.
There I can visit with others, play games, enjoy the bird aviary, work on jigsaw puzzles or just hangout.
Director Tim Blanton is always working to make improvements to our environment here.
Our Services Coordinator, Shannon Atchenson is beyond compare. She provides beneficial programs for us, but also manages to be available for help with just about anything.
We have an Activities Coordinator who provides us with fun, fun get together on a regular basis.
We have a beautiful little chapel with Services there each Wednesday afternoon led by our chaplain who is also here on Tuesday to provide counseling.
This place is such a wonderful place to live, I almost want to keep it a good secret, but I am willing to shout it out this time!
Have worked at Episcopal Place for 11 years and it is a very positive environment. The residents are first and foremost and offered every opportunity available to others living in the community.
Episcopal Place has exceeded all of my expectations as being one of the best senior facilities to live and work. I would absolutely apply for my parents to live here in the future. The staff are caring and treat everyone with dignity and respect. The staff, volunteers and board of directors work diligently to make every effort to ensure everyone has their individual needs met as well as managing the building properly.
Episcopal Place in Birmingham, AL offers a unique blend of services, programs, and affordable safe housing for low-income seniors and disabled adults. I have been involved with this organization for over two years and appreciate the wonderful staff that daily administers help and hope for those who otherwise might not have access to housing, transportation, nutritional food, social activities, and companionship. EP is a pleasant, bright, happy place for elders and disabled adults!
I like to think of Episcopal Place as an option as I age. That's why I give. I want it to be there, when I need a wonderful place like Episcopal Place to finish out my years of living independently but in an upscale caring environment - a community...and I'm not even Episcopalian. I visit and see the activities for the residents. I witness the care and compassion shown by the staff. The staff goes above and beyond a simple rental office. The public areas are fashionable and well maintained. The location is so convenient...the park, the theater, St. Vincent's Hospital and shopping. Some of the apartments even have balconies with a view! There's a chapel, hair salon, library, porch and gardens. Yep, purely selfish. Hope there's an opening if and when I need it...keep up the good work!
I am ending my 6th year at EP and could not be more proud of where we are. Our Chaplain said it best when she said, "Life at EP is a never-ending story of needs, friendship, strength and grace." [We care for those] "who are struggling to survive in a demanding world." Life can be hard for all of us at times but when you combine an aging population with limited financial resources you are left with what one could easily call despair. That is where EP makes a difference! HUD funding ensures that the buildings are kept to an acceptable standard, that the utility bills are paid and minimal staff is retained. With the help of Episcopal parishes, the Diocese and many donors we are able to provide the "extras" such as medical transportation, subsidized noon meals, subsidized housekeeping for those that are not physically able to maintain their home, a part time Episcopal Chaplain and an activities program. It is this kind of care that Bishop Stough, back in the middle 1970's, had dreams of.....and I am happy to be a part of continuing the mission and vision that he saw.
I just completed my 5th year of employment at EP! I can't say enough good things about it. The staff not only cares FOR the residents but they care ABOUT the residents and the residents care about the staff. One of the things most impressive is the way we all pull together when needed. Everybody jumps in and offers to help for things like serving big resident meals or carrying out fund raisers like Gumbo Gala. I think Mother Teresa says it best, "Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work."
I have worked at Episcopal Place since October 1982. Episcopal Place provides affordable housing for low income seniors and person with mobility, hearing, or vision impairments. With affordable community based services we are able to assist the people who live at Episcopal Place with housekeeping, transportation to medical appointments, and many other services to help them age in place with dignity. I am very honored to have worked with the Episcopal Place residents, staff and Boards of Directors for the past 30 years. Episcopal Place is a wonderful safe, clean, and affordable place to live.
Episcopal Place is a wonderful community that serves many people with a safe and clean home. My brother who has a severe hearing disability has lived at EP for 4 years and enjoys it more each day. The staff is what makes this such a unique place. Each person seems to enjoy there work and strives to make EP a real home for those who live there. It is model organization which I would hope could be replicated in other places.
My son lives at Episcopal Place and loves it. It provides a safe, clean and fun environment for all the residents. All of the staff are always very caring and helpful. Episcopal Place gives the residents a place to live independently that they might not otherwise have. I would not want my son to live anywhere else!
Episcopal Place is a leader in the field with its affordable housing and broad array of supportive services. There is no other place like it in Birmingham. It is truly unique in physical appearance, services and atmosphere.
Our community theatre is located next door to Episcopal Place and we love for the residents to attend our events. Everyone seems very happy with their life at EP and its caring and loving environment. The Executive Director, Tim Blanton, is definitely the reason EP is so successful. Wish I could live there!
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My mother has been a resident at The Episcopal Place since March 2013. Over the past 16 months my expectations of care/services rendered has far exceeded any ideas I had prior to mother moving in. There are activities scheduled everyday for the residence to participate in if they chose. My concerns with my mother getting to the doctor have been taken care of as there is a van to provide transportation to/from appointments. Weekly trips to two different grocery stores are provided. There are "field trips" offered. Most importantly, mother has made wonderful friends with other residents and staff. I feel 100% positive there is no better atmosphere for the elderly or disabled citizens anywhere.
My husband has asked me many times, "we can move in"!
I almost forgot.....We LOVE the annual gumbo gala. We wouldn't miss it and have invited our friends to come along with us. There are activites for all age groups. Our six year old granddaughter loves to go along as well.
I have been a volunteer driver for Episcopal Place in Birmingham for the past 10 years. They provide safe and affordable housing in a home-like atmosphere and truly do care personally for the residents. The staff at EP goes above and beyond to provide the "little extras" that make it feel like home, not just another apartment complex. Extremely well-run organization.
I have worked with the Service Coordinator program at Episcopal Place for the past eight years. This program helps the Episcopal Place residents identify, locate and acquire the services and supports necessary for them to remain self-sufficient. Episcopal Place goes above and beyond other housing communities because of the programs that are offered to their residents. Episcopal Place is not just an affordable housing facility but a caring supportive environment that residents truly feel is home.
As a resident of Episcopal Place, I have found the service and concern of the staff to be a primary life saving event. Often when one changes a lifestyle at an older age, depression can set in with the usual gerontology issues and illnesses. The attention given by staff and residents often dispell issues that prevent major depression. It is not easy at all for a formerly active , healthy out going individual to change their lifestyle because of the inability to be as active as they once were. Episcopal Place provides assistance , activities, and direction that affords the residents to remain as active as possible.
I have lived here for 6 years. I can't imagine living anywhere else. I love it here. The staff is absolutely wonderful and they make all of us feel special.I get some of the noon meals as well as participate in the filed trips and really enjoy going out with everyone. I attend the programs and activities and love the new storytelling. I am involved in the art class. I really enjoy the parties and the dinners. I volunteer and bake for the Residents' Association. I will work for any event here at Episcopal Place. I love playing bingo and poker. Even if I won the lottery I would give it away so I continue to live here at Episcopal Place.
I enjoy living at Episcopal Place. After living here for nine years , the residents and staff are my second family. I participate in most activities and programs and really enjoys what the Activities Director and Service Coordinator bring to us daily. I know that all the staff work hard to make our daily lives better. We are never bored and rarely have to ask for entertainment. The parties and dinners here are fantastic and we are always overwhelmed with food and service. I love my apartment and with my cat as a companion I really have a true"home." I have eaten the noon meals as well as ridden the van to medical appointments and on field trips. It is so nice to know that there are people who care about you working here and ask you what you need and how you are doing with a smile on their face.
I have lived here for 7 years and moved in with my sister from the neighborhood we lived in for years. We immediately felt safe and welcomed. When she passed away, everyone here including staff were so comforting that I knew I was at home. I really enjoy the programs and activities and the fact that I can also be at home and spend time with my companion cat that is allowed at EP. The socialization is great and the health screenings brought here allow us so much more access to good health care than some folks have. I really like the medical transportation and the opportunity for noon meals that are delivered. I am really happy here and hope to live the rest of my life here.
I feel very blessed to be able to reside at Episcopal Place. I feel we have the best staff bar none. They seem to work together like a family and treat us like we are their extended family. I think it is wonderful that we have the medical transportation and the trips to the grocery store or drug store offered through our van ministry. We are blessed to have Elmo Tanner , our medical van driver. Shannon, out social worker, has many good speakers that come and discuss anything from our wants to our needs and through Jane, our activities director we can go to dress rehearsals at the theater and have many musical entertainers. I take all of these opportunities given to me.
I thank God every day that I was able to move into Episcopal Place. Living here makes my quality of life better. I have friends here that I have become quite close to and love my social worker. The staff here is really hardworking. I do partake in the noon meals program. I use the van for medical transportation. Occasionally I use the van for grocery shopping. I have had access to the relief fund when in need. I love the parties and dinners esp for socializing and meeting new people. I enjoy playing bingo and poker. I do like going to the programs where I enjoy learning educational information about new health issues as well as going to the activities. I have a new kitten that I probably never would have gotten if I did not live at EP and she has become my closest companion.
Throughout my life, I've had the wonderful experience of being associated with a host of non-profit organizations and Episcopal Place is one of the best! I truly feel the staff of this fine organization is what makes it such a special place. Spend a day at EP. Watch the staff interact with the residents and you will see it too. Care, compassion, concern and a strong faith are present in all their activities. I'm very proud to be associated with this fine organization!
I have volunteered and donated to Episcopal Place. The staff is dedicated to providing an above average home/housing environment. They go beyond the role of simply serving as a "rental office". They care about the residents with compassion. Activities, experiences and services are provided that allow those residents, who wish to participate to have an enriched, full life.
I feel that my donations have been used efficiently and wisely. The diversity of the residents indicates that Episcopal Place is not just for Episcopalians and the elderly. My positive interaction with residents and staff members proves to me that the mission statement of "Enriching Lives with Grace & Comfort" is being well carried out. I plan to continue my involvement with time and money. I think it would be a great place to live, when the time comes, too.
For years I had driven by Episcopal Place and knew that it was housing, I thought for senior citizens. And to be honest, I thought they all had to be of the Episcopalian denomination. Then the church that I attend, Southside Baptist, began to encourage volunters to visit and help in ways identified by the staff. I also learned that some of my church family actually live at Episcopal Place. So, it's not just for Episcopalians and it's not just for seniors, but those with disabilities, too. Not long ago I visited for a performance given by Four for Time for the residents in the lovely assembly room. It was well attended and was like being in a New York cabaret! I met and talked with some of the residents. They have a walled garden and an aviary in one of the sitting rooms, designed for the residents' amusement. One of the residents identified the different birds and informed me of their habits. I observed the staff mingling with the residents and it was like a family. I kept thinking this is where I would want my parents to live. Then the thought occured to me, I am fast approaching that generation and this is where I want to live. A room with a balcony, in one of the buildings adjacent to the Virginia Samford Theater, the park and just off Highland Avenue, not far from St. Vincent's Hospital, plus a great, caring staff. Just hope there's room, when I'm ready...
As a staff member at Episcopal Place and a daughter who cared for elderly parents, I am proud of the services we provide and the attractive and safe environment we create for our low-income seniors. I am so proud of what we do that most of my charitable giving is directed here.
I have lived at Episcopal Place for 4 1/2 years and have nothing but positive experiences while living here. I have been blessed by the staff and the other residents. I know my life has been changed for the better just through the services offered such as the medical transportation and different shopping trips and health screenings and programs. I think I once said this is what heaven must be like and I meant it. I feel so down and blue and then one smile and one hug from staff or a neighbor and I feel better. I was meant to be here and am a proud part of this special community.
The Episcopal Place is truly a remarkable environment. It's supported by a caring and loving staff, who makes certain each resident remains independent and valued. The residents are former artists, actors, painters, writers, nurses, nuns, veterans, truck drivers, and governments workers all living their lives in this lovely environment off Highland Avenue. As the Activities Director, I get to see them during some fun times, but also see the challenges that come with aging while maintaining a sense of dignity. The Episcopal Place is a true jewel of a place.
In my short time as a member of the staff here at The Episcopal Place, I've been overwhelmed at the impact the programs offered to the residents have on their overall well being. For instance, Martha, one of my favorite residents, has learning disabilitles and was unable to live in an unsupervised environment. She comes to all the creative activities offered ( in fact, she's the first one to sign up) and I've noticed her speech and self confidence have improved remarkably. She feels safe, nutured, and loved, and it's a joy to watch her day by day. The Episcopal Place is a haven and home, a safe place to be.
I've worked at Episcopal Place for five years and enjoy it very much . I enjoy the team that I work with . We make sure we provide the residents with a clean, safe, well maintanced facility with a lot of activities that they can be involved with if they like.I enjoy working around our residents and listening to there stories about life and saying how much they enjoy Episcopal Place. When I was first applying and allowed to join the team, I had no idea that I would be a part of something so great. I am very excited about what we have accomplished here and look foward to the great things we will accomplish in the future.
Several years ago,too many to count,I was privileged as rector of St. Alban's Episcopal Church to accompany volunteers who had prepared refreshments for some birthday parties and Halloween Parties for the residents of Episcopal Place. Everyone from the church and from Episcopal Place enjoyed the food and the fellowship. The residents were happy; we all enjoyed being together.
I am so happy and thankful to be a resident of Episcopal Place. The staff members here really care about the residents and go out of their way to make our lives easier, safer and more fulfilling. For instance, a wireless emergency call system was recently installed at no cost to the residents. We each have a personal button to wear on our wrist or around our necks which we can press to call for help in case of a health emergency. The system works no matter where we are on the property here. This is only one of the many extra services that Episcopal Housing Foundation provides residents. Episcopal Place is not just low income housing for seniors and people with disabilities. It is a place to keep your mind and body active and healthy; and a place to grow old with dignity, respect, friendship and family.
The staff and residents at EP are wonderful! I moved out of town, but LOVED my time there! I hope to return and volunteer soon!
Episcopal Place provides amazing supportive services to frail seniors and those with disabilities. They help people remain independent in a beautiful and loving environment. Their model of helping people with housing and long term services and supports can be a model our country uses going forward to care for those in need. Birmingham AL is fortunate to have such an incredible organization leading the way in which efficient care will be provided in the future.
I'm a neighbor of Episcopal Place and what a priceless asset to the neighborhood it is. Not only does it offer an essential service to its residents, but it truly serves as a stabilizing force for the surrounding community with its professionalism and integrity. I've come to know and love several of the residents as friends and I'm frequently moved by the gratitude they express for the rich quality of life that they are able to maintain thanks to the wonderful people there. I just hope there will be space for me there if and when the time is right!
EP is there for the many who are often forgotten or who fall through the cracks as they grow older. Walk through the common areas and hallways at anytime of the day and you will see smiling faces and hear the laughter of people who enjoy living in a community of people who care for one another and this place they call home. It is an honor to be a part of Episcopal Place.
I've worked with Episcopal Place for 16 years and have enjoyed most of my days with the residents and staff. I enjoy talking with the residents daily and listening to their life stories. Episcopal Place makes sure that everyone is noticed and that everyone knows they matter. I provide a needed service to the buildig but I also feel like the residents need the socialization and caring also. Episcopal Place provides a great service to this community.
I have volunteered with Episcopal Place for 6 years. It is a great place to be and the residents all are very happy and the best part of my day is to see them sitting downstairs smiling and talking. I have been providing services such as housekeeping, laundry, personal care, companion services, transportation, meal preparation, and delivery of noon meals. I have also been involved in many of the activities around EP and enjoy being a part of the community. I have come to EP with a group of children from my church to sing and visit with the residents. I enjoy being at Episcopal Place and enjoy seeing the staff who are always friendly and welcoming. I hope to always be involved in some way some how.
I was a staff member at Episcopal Place for 25 years, until my retirement in 2008. In this 1980 federally subsidized independent living facility for limited income elderly and young physically challenged adults, our overarching goal as board and staff was to create a caring Christian community in which residents of all faiths and backgrounds could live interdependently and age in place with dignity. With funds from the board of directors, volunteer coordination was added in 1984 and pastoral care services in 1988. Two years later board funds permitted the hiring of Alabama's first Supportive Services Coordinator (read "social worker") in this type of federally assisted housing. By 1992 a new federal law enabled HUD funding of this position from half- to full-time. The Service Coordinator's role was and is to import community services at reduced or no cost to the residents to sustain independent living and prevent premature nursing home transfers. The "triumvirate" of volunteer, pastoral care, and supportive services coordination enabled Episcopal Place to transition from an independent living FACILITY to a supportive housing COMMUNITY. Community-building was and is an ongoing process, however, requiring a sustained commitment by board, volunteers, and staff, who worked and work as a team to bring the founding board's vision to fruition. Given its population's age and cultural mix, Episcopal Place is a microcosm of the larger community of Birmingham and, for that matter, the nation. Would that the "caring community" model created there could be replicated not only in like facilities, as suggested by current board president Terry Rogers, but also in cities across the country.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When performing certain duties in a resident's apartment, I was able to create an atmosphere where she felt comfortable enought to share with me her life story. In her last months at Episcopal Place , she deteriorated and showed signs of dementia as well as physical issues. I soon realized how important it was for me to listen to her whether it was a new story or one she had already shared with me. Through this experienece, I learned that residents need attention and someone to listen. I realized that sometimes staff is the only someone to do the above listed tasks. I learned patience and how to listen as well as how to slow down and appreicate the people in our lives.