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Give. Gather. Grow. Campaign successfully raises all funds for new fellowship center

Wanda Chatman, Laverne Groteweil, Stella & John Karl, Millie Bradley and Clarice Wion tour the new fellowship center with Jane Hull.

Farmington Presbyterian Manor recently announced the final results of its Give. Gather. Grow. Campaign during which 119 donors contributed more than $1.25 million to build the Hull Family Fellowship Center.

From individual giving of $1.175M to $79,000 received from corporations, foundations and churches, every gift contributed to the campaign’s success.

Employees at Farmington Presbyterian Manor pledged $25,000 to enhance the lives of the residents they serve. Contributions were pledged by employees from CNAs to dining services and from environmental services to management who believed so passionately in the project.

“The outpouring of support from the Farmington community, from grateful family members, staff and people who care about seniors was inspiring. We knew this project held a special place in people’s hearts,” said Jane Hull, executive director.

The features of the new 3,500 square-foot Fellowship Center include a covered patio with patio furniture, indoor tables and seating for 80 people, audio/visual equipment, public address system, kitchen area and added parking. The new space 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.

Glenda Corless points to her family’s names on the donor sign. Her children gave in honor of Glenda and her husband Warren, who passed away last year.

“When my wife and I first heard about the new fellowship center to be built, we were ecstatic at the thought! With the completion of the addition to the Farmington [Presbyterian] Manor, it means that families will be able to come and meet with their loved ones and do so in greater numbers than ever previously possible. Birthday parties, anniversaries, and family reunions can now be held in the new center [when group gatherings are allowed again]. Activities for large groups of residents will be able to take place. We feel that the Manor is now complete!” said David Corless, donor and son of resident Glenda Corless.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has had a large impact on the Manor, the completion of the project is a ray of light for the residents.

“This accomplishment is shared by the entire Farmington Community and we can’t wait for the appropriate time to open the doors and welcome them in,” said Nancy Sullivan, Campaign Committee Co-Chair.

The Hull Family Fellowship Center is named for Jane Hull, executive director, who has served the campus for 40 years. Gravity Works Architecture provided the design and Brockmiller Construction was the general contractor for the project.

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Brockmiller Construction Company helps Farmington Presbyterian Manor reach campaign goal

Thanks to a recent $5,000 gift from Brockmiller Construction Company, Farmington Presbyterian Manor’s Give. Gather. Grow. Campaign has raised 98-percent of the funds needed to complete a 3,500 square-foot fellowship center for the senior living community.

An anonymous gift of $1 million to Farmington Presbyterian Manor spring boarded funding for the project.  Of the $1.25 million goal, only $4,200 is needed to fully-fund the project.

The Hull Family Fellowship Center, named after Jane Hull, Executive Director, will provide space where community members can hold everything from weekly worship services to anniversary parties and an outdoor patio and garden area where residents can reconnect with nature and enjoy the healing and therapeutic effects of fresh air and sunshine.

The project is almost completed and ready for residents to enjoy. COVID-19 is affecting the completion of the project, but the restrictions on group activities and visitation illustrate how important this space will be to residents, providing a safe place for them to enjoy sunshine and fresh air. No one could have predicted how much the need for this project was going to intensify.

Nancy Sullivan and Byron Taylor co-chaired the campaign steering committee consisting of local Farmington community members. 

There are many ways to provide your support to the GIVE. GATHER. GROW. Fundraising Campaign.  To learn more about the campaign visit farmingtongiving.org or contact Jane Hull at 573-756-6768.

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Carol Willman leaves a legacy

The world lost an incredible woman on March 23, 2020 when Carol Willman passed away. But her selfless spirit and generous soul will be felt throughout our campus for years to come as she left us with so many gifts over the past two decades.

Carol started her involvement with Farmington Presbyterian Manor in 2001 when she joined the mission committee. She left her first mark on our campus when she and her aunt paid to convert a room into the chapel.

It wasn’t until 2012 that Carol moved into our community after spending most of her life in the St. Louis area where she was born and raised. She lived in independent living for several years before moving to assisted living.

Carol volunteered her time to minding our gift shop three times a week for at least five years. She was delightful, dependable and always a smiling face for other residents. She would also fill in for anyone who needed it and take extra shifts if needed. “The gift shop was near and dear to her heart because she knew all sale proceeds directly benefited the residents,” said Teresa Pinkley, volunteer coordinator.

She was a member of the Alice Kalb Society, too. Carol believed so strongly in the mission that she left a generous gift to Presbyterian Manor in her will. And her contributions to the recent giving campaign place her in the Circle of Benevolence category of donors who gave $5,000 to $9,999.

“Carol Willman was at the heart of the Give. Gather. Grow. Campaign. She not only contributed financially, but also served on the campaign’s steering committee. She was so excited about this project, the garden area was of special interest. During her health crisis she still wanted to hear about the project’s progress, even picking out the color of the table linens.  She said she would do whatever it took to be there for the ribbon cutting. Much has happened in the world since then, but we do know Carol will be a part of the Fellowship Center’s spirit. Her generous gift and contributions of heart and humor are her lasting legacy,” said Patti Christen, regional director of development.

Giving didn’t just define Carol while living on campus, it’s how she spent her life.

Born and raised in St. Louis, Carol taught multiple handicapped children in the special education division of the St. Louis public schools until she was asked to go to London to develop a program for cerebral palsy children who had a second handicap. When her work in London was complete, Carol came back to St. Louis as a visiting professor and trained students to work with handicap students in the special education division. After retirement, she was asked to be the director of the Midwest Learning Center in Farmington, which she did in the 1990s until the Farmington School District took it over. She then returned to St. Louis where she volunteered with the Special Olympics, created Braille textbooks for the blind, and read novels for the blind.

“Carol was such a kind, caring and generous person. She was always concerned for the welfare of others as demonstrated by her support for our Good Samaritan program. Her generosity and involvement in so many projects through the years will benefit those who live, work and volunteer at the Presbyterian Manor for many years to come. Truly a beautiful lady – both inside and out,” said Jane Hull, executive director.

For more information in creating your legacy at Farmington Presbyterian Manor, please contact Patti Christen in the Giving Department at 316-734-2275 and pchristen@pmma.org.

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In the spotlight: Carol Winch

Farmington Presbyterian Manor’s Life Enrichment Director, Carol Winch, recently shared her excitement for the new Fellowship Center and what it means for residents, volunteers and the Farmington community.

How long have you worked at Farmington Presbyterian Manor?

I’ve been the life enrichment director in this community for 14 years. I have the best job, and I don’t know where else you can go to get paid to have fun!

What changes have you seen regarding seniors since you started working here 14 years ago?

Seniors now want to be more active. The music used to be gospel and country, now it’s the 50’s and 60’s “oldies.” They want more fine arts/crafts. Bingo is still beloved!

What are you most excited about with the new Fellowship Center?

I’m excited there will be space for more family inclusion with resident activities. There will now be space to allow more people to come together. Also, the space for spreading out and exercising. The quality of the programs will be improved because there will be time to set up for activities without having to constantly be rearranging the dining room.

What will the outside area bring to the residents?

Being outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine will be amazing for residents, families and staff. It will be so nice to have outdoor activities in the beautified outdoor space spring through fall. 

How do you see volunteers being impacted?

We have a great volunteer program. With more activities, there will be more opportunities for Farmington community members to get involved. 

What is an activity you will be able to offer that you couldn’t before?

There are many ideas! Canvas painting and large entertainment like square dancing. I’m really excited about children’s groups coming in for recitals and performances. Cooking demonstrations and recipe sharing are two activities the residents love. We’ll be able to offer more in the way of art classes so the Art is Ageless program and exhibit will be greatly enhanced with the new space. 

Why did you give to the Give. Gather. Grow. Campaign?

I think the Fellowship Center is so important for the residents to have – it’s a gift to them. If people could see the looks on the faces of the residents even as they are watching the center being built, they would see the joy and excitement it is bringing. I feel like the gift is for me!

How can the community help?

We are still $16,000 away from our campaign goal so donations are welcome. We would also welcome art and activity supplies and volunteers. 

To donate to the Give. Gather. Grow. Campaign, go to farmingtongiving.org/ways-to-give/. Learn more on Facebook or call 573-756-6768.

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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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