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Love for others inspires donor to give

As a child, Farmington native Carolyn Gordon used to perform for residents at the Presbyterian Manor with her church choir during the holidays. More recently, Carolyn frequently visited her mother during the four years she was a resident here and got to know other residents and staff. For these reasons, Carolyn Gordon has a special place in her heart for Farmington Presbyterian Manor and shows her love by making consistent donations to our community.

“My mother, Helen Gordon, was living her final months here, there was a woman who lived across the hall. My heart just broke for her because all of her family lived out of state. She very rarely had visitors. She had a very homey room and it looked so warm and cozy. I always tried to say hello and speak to her. I think she was financially secure, but I couldn’t help thinking that there were other residents who weren’t, and I wanted to do what I could to help them stay there,” said Carolyn.

Her love for others inspired Carolyn to start giving to the Good Samaritan Program, which provides funding to assist residents who outlive their resources through no fault of their own. Thanks to this program, not one resident has ever been asked to leave a Presbyterian Manor community based on their inability to pay.

Carolyn also has a lot of love and gratitude for our staff.

“My gosh, they looked after my mom so beautifully. Not too long after mother was moved to the [health care center], I had to have back surgery and wasn’t able to visit her for a month and a half. The staff were so good about taking my calls every day and telling me how mother was doing,” said Carolyn.

The construction of the new Hull Family Fellowship Center is another thing Carolyn loves about the Presbyterian Manor and another reason for her and her husband to give.

“I am so thrilled for that new addition! Now they’ll have more room to do activities and the outdoors space up will give the residents more of an opportunity to contribute back to that ‘home’ experience,” said Carolyn.

She also recognized the space as a place for staff to recharge. “I want them to be happy—they are looking after our friends and family.”

To date, the Give. Gather. Grow. campaign has raised 89% of our fundraising goal for the new Fellowship Center. If you’d like to contribute and help create a space that will enrich the lives of those we love, donate today at FarmingtonGiving.org/ways-to-give/.

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Hull Family Fellowship Center to give the gift of space

One of the many things we are grateful for this holiday season is the progress of the Hull Family Fellowship Center. The center is going to give all of our residents and their families more space to make memories that will last for years to come and we are so thankful for all the generous donors who have sacrificed to make this happen.

Construction is moving quickly on the new building. Once the walls were up, the trusses went up. The building changes almost daily. See a slideshow of photos of our construction progress on our homepage

To learn more about the Give. Gather. Grow. fundraising campaign and how you can contribute, contact Patti Christen at (316)-734-2275 or email pchristen@pmma.org.

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Ground broken for fellowship center

Farmington Presbyterian Manor’s Give. Gather. Grow. campaign for the campus’ new fellowship center took a giant step forward Sept. 5 with the groundbreaking for the construction project, slated to be complete in the spring.

“There is no doubt that the Give Gather Grown campaign is a part of God’s bigger plan to enhance the mission of Farmington Presbyterian Manor, which is to provide quality senior services guided by Christian values,” said Bruce H. Shogren, PMMA’s president and CEO.

The 3,500 square foot fellowship center project came out of a desire to create more common space at the senior living community for residents to gather for worship, activities and enjoy family gatherings, as well as provide access to outdoor spaces where residents can enjoy fresh air and the therapeutic benefits of nature.

“The 55th anniversary and celebration was truly a spark that ignited all of us to come together for the common purpose of doing good for the residents,” said Nancy Sullivan, co-chair of the Give. Gather. Grow. steering committee. “We wanted to enhance the lives of the residents and staff.”

When Jane Hull, executive director, was approached by a donor seeking to support Farmington Presbyterian Manor, she immediately knew where those funds could be used. The anonymous gift of $1 million kick started the fellowship center project.

“The generous gift was the nudge of God to set us on this journey to Give. Gather. Grow,” said Sullivan. 

With guidance from PMMA’s Department of Giving and the operations team, the dream of such a space began to take shape.

The Fellowship Center project went through several rounds of architectural revisions with Gravity Works Architecture. The 3,500 square-foot center will provide space for weekly worship services, anniversary parties, regular activities and exercise classes, and access to the outdoors where residents can reconnect with nature and enjoy the healing and therapeutic effects of fresh air and sunshine.

“This would not be possible without the support of the friends and family of Farmington Presbyterian Manor,” said Shogren. “The Mission Committee and Campaign Steering Committee are integral part of this project. We are grateful for their time, energy and resources they have invested to make this a reality.”

The total anticipated cost for the project is $1.25 million. The Give. Gather. Grow. campaign will raise the additional $250,000 needed to fund the project. Together, community staff pledged $25,000 toward the project, and with additional donations already received, the campaign has raised $134,000 toward its goal.

“We welcome any local business or organization to match this generous gift from our dedicated employees,” said Sullivan.

The new fellowship center will also serve as a legacy for the campus’ executive director and her family.

“Jane Hull has been a part of the PMMA family and living the mission for almost 40 years. She has demonstrated a commitment to success, built a reputation for quality and resident satisfaction, all the while maintaining a strong passion for seniors. She and her Farmington team put the residents and their families’ first every day. Today, we break ground for the Hull Family Fellowship Center,” Shogren said.

Hull’s children, Christie and Jonathon, and their families were present for the groundbreaking.

“We all know that behind a great leader is a family that supports and encourages,” Sullivan said. “I know that Jane’s late husband, Eddie, is also here in spirit, and we know he would be proud of Jane and the team’s accomplishment.”

Brockmiller Construction will be the general contractor for the project. It is anticipated the Hull Family Fellowship Center will open in spring 2020.

To learn more about the Give. Gather. Grow. fundraising campaign and how you can contribute, contact Patti Christen at 316-734-2275 or email pchristen@pmma.org.

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Fellowship Center takes on special meaning for Corless family

The Corless family has been prominent members of the Farmington Presbyterian Manor community for generations, with Warren and Glenda Corless residing at the community for the past 24 years. Over those years, the Corless’— like many of the families who call the community home — saw the need for increased meeting space to accommodate family gatherings and were excited by the campaign to build a new Fellowship Center.

“We’ve been to a number of things at the Presbyterian Manor over the years, and there’s just not a good space for getting together with more than 10 people,” said Warren and Glenda’s son, David Corless. “When we first heard about the Give. Gather. Grow. fundraising campaign, and got a letter in the mail, I talked to my wife, Cecilia, to decide how much we were going to give.”

Progress on the new fellowship center was something that was of special interest to David’s dad, Warren.

“He was real excited to see the old building come down. I think it was a big day at the Manor, because everyone came out and watched. It was important to them.”

Unfortunately, Warren passed away on June 21 and didn’t get to hear about the gift his son and daughter-in-law made in his honor. And when David’s mother learned about the gift, she wasn’t exactly shocked by his generosity.

“I wasn’t a bit surprised. They’re always glad to give to anything that helps here,” said Glenda.

For Glenda, a new fellowship center is just icing on the cake on what she considers the perfect place to call home.

“It has been a great place to move for retirement and to be close to a lot of people we know,” said Glenda. “The fellowship center is going to be a wonderful addition because we need more room for different activities — all our meetings, church services, etc. — we can really take advantage of all of that space.”

To learn more about the Give. Gather. Grow. fundraising campaign and how you can contribute, contact Patti Christen at (316) 734-2275 or email pchristen@pmma.org.

PHOTOS: Warren and Glenda Corless have much to celebrate. In 2010 the Corless family gathered for Warren and Glenda Corless’ 60th anniversary. Seated left to right: son David Corless with his wife Cecilia Weber-Corless, Warren and Glenda Corless, daughter Susan Corless-Fair with her husband Timm Fair. Standing left to right: granddaughter Catherine Corless, grandson-in-law Alan York, great granddaughter Lillie York held by granddaughter Laura Corless-York, grandson Michael Fair, grandson Adam Fair, granddaughter-in-law Linda Rabadi-Fair, grandson Jeremy Fair.

The photo of Warren Corless with his pet pig Sparky is from 1937.

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