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Non Profit OrgUS Postage PaidGeorgetown TXPERMIT 407Wesleyan HomesPO Box 486Georgetown, Texas 78627-0486THE WESLEYANWINDOWReturn Service Requestedwww.wesleyanhomes.orgSpring 2017Living in CommunitySeeding a HeritageRead the story about Wesleyan Homes residentAl Greeberg(pictured on the cover)and his proposal to grow heritage trees atThe Wesleyan at Estrella Independent Living.His story is featured in a new online blog:Mission Moments.To read Al’s story or others, visit join us in sharing the mission ofWesleyan Homes.Building Community, Dr. Dale Schultz, p. 1The Power of Community, p. 2Transitions in Aging, p. 5Nurturing Spiritual Community, p. 7Thank You to Phase III Donors, p. 9Gifts to Wesleyan Homes, p. 13

Building CommunityBy Dr. Dale Schultz, Chairperson, Wesleyan Homes Board of TrusteesAnd when two or three of you aretogether because of me, you canbe sure that I will be there.– JesusMatthew 18:20, The MessageWelcome to another Wesleyan Window!In this issue, we give you a view inside Wesleyan Homesthat helps you see how we build community through residents, family members, volunteers and staff.Community: Shared relations that empower, deepen, andstrengthen faith, life, and faithful living.Jesus modeled authentic community. He connected withpersons, creating relationships. He responded to humanneed with compassion, expressing genuine care. His faithwas show-and-tell as he walked the walk. Jesus taught hisfollowers to grow beyond the intellectual teacher-studentlearning to actively help persons to be transformed throughbelief in God’s gift of Life.Wesleyan Homes learns from Jesus how to build authenticcommunity. As you read these stories about how we do this,celebrate that your prayers and generous gifts help make ourcommunity thriving and vital.Thank you for praying! Thank you for giving!In Christ,DaleWho We AreLocated in beautiful, historic Georgetown Texas, WesleyanHomes is a not-for-profit established by the Central TexasConference of The United Methodist Church in 1962 tocreate a home for senior adults. Today, Wesleyan Homes isa continuum of care provider offering affordable RetirementLiving, Assisted Living, Nursing Care, Memory Care, Rehabilitation, Home Health and Hospice. As a faith-basedministry, we seek to provide comfort and care for residentsand their families in a place called home.To subscribe to The Wesleyan Window or request additionalcopies, contact us at Wesleyan Development, P.O. Box 486,Georgetown, TX 78627-0487, or call (512) 868-1205.1The Wesleyan Window, Spring 2017Editor: Jim ComerDesigner: Jennifer HowardPrinter: D & L Printing, Inc.Published by Wesleyan Homes, Inc.– Chris Spence, President– Georgianne Hewett, VP for DevelopmentCover Photo: Resident Al Greenberg points toone of the latest “heritage” seedlings to sprout aleaf at The Wesleyan at Estrella IndependentLiving. To read about how Mr. Greenberg proposed that the Wesleyan community grow treesfrom seed, visit Dawn MartinezMs. Martine MathewsMs. Kim McAninchMrs. Elexis McWhorter-RodriguezMrs. Heather MillerMs. Amy MinorMs. Guadalupe MirelesMs. Maggie MirelesMr. Pete MirelesDr. Lauren MunkMrs. Michelle MunkMiss Belinda NetterMs. Brionna NewmanMr. Fabian OchoaMrs. Tracy OrtizMs. Doris OverbeyMs. Sharde ParksMs. Taylor PlunkRev. Mary PowellMs. Alice RamjitMs. Patricia RangelMrs. Biance Reader-ElderMrs. Jeanette ReyesMr. Alex ReynagaMs. Kristina RhymerMrs. Pamela RobertsMs. Lindsay RobisonMrs. Estella RodriguezMrs. Michelle RodriguezMrs. Alejandra Rubio-JeffersonMrs. Sheryl SabbMrs. Rosa SalasMr. Shannon SansomMs. Romelle SchmidtMs. Gayle SellMs. Debra SkaggsMs. Lisa SmithMs. Alheli SolisMr. Werner SontheimMs. Maricela SotoMr. Chris SpenceMs. Patricia SteffekMs. Rebecca Stevens-MontgomeryMr. Troy TannerMs. Miriam TerrellMr. Peyton ThoeneMrs. Janice TuckerMr. Michael TurnerMrs. Ana VillalobosMr. Travis WheatDr. Gary WhitbeckMs. Karlynn WighamanMs. Shelly WilliamsMr. Valander WilliamsMrs. Jamie WoodsMs. Sandra WoodsMs. Jun YinMr. Larry ZabcikMrs. Ritta Zachary-LemonsALZHEIMER’S CARE UNITMr. & Mrs. Toby DarnellTHE WESLEYAN AT SCENICMinchen-Beville FoundationTHE WESLEYAN AT ESTRELLAASSISTED LIVINGMr. Jim FosheeMr. & Mrs. Robert GleasonMrs. Esther GooderlMrs. Lou HunterMrs. Lynn JuhlMr. & Mrs. Louis KahnMr. Fred MahlerMr. John Maidlow, Jr.Dr. & Mrs. Howard RamseyMrs. Martha SteeleMr. Earl TruesdaleMr. Weldon WhittenMr. & Mrs. Roger WrightWESLEYAN HOSPICEMs. Shirley GuilletMinchen-Beville FoundationTHE WESLEYAN ATESTRELLA PHASE THREEMr. Phillips BakerDr. & Mrs. Dan BonnerMr. & Mrs. D. D. CowanMrs. Becky Folta-MayMrs. Judith FoxMrs. Stephanie HernandezDr. & Mrs. Clifton HowardMrs. Kevynn KeaneMr. & Mrs. Ed KomandoskyMrs. Dawn MartinezDr. Eric McKinneyMrs. Jane McKinneyMrs. Michelle MunkMr. & Mrs. Samuel RogersMr. Shannon SansomMr. & Mrs. Chris SpenceMr. Michael TurnerMr. Travis WheatThe Joe B. & Louise P. CookFoundationWENDLAND CHAPELWINDOWSMrs. Beverly BendallMr. Robert BentleyMrs. Joanne CageDr. Jane S. Davidson18

Mr. & Mrs. John OppieMs. Jo Ann PankeyDr. & Mrs. Richard PearceMr. Phillip PerkinsMr. Gordon PetersonMr. & Mrs. Stanley PilgrimMr. & Mrs. Charles PuckhaberMs. Mary Sue RayMr. & Mrs. Thomas ReimersMs. Ann RemsburgMs. Mary ReynoldsDr. & Mrs. William G. RhoadesMrs. Jean RipperdaMrs. Betty May RobertsonMajor & Mrs. Robert R. Robinson IIIMr. & Mrs. Donald RollerMr. & Mrs. Mike RossmanMr. & Mrs. E. Hartley SappingtonMr. Donald L. SchmidtDr. & Mrs. Dale SchultzMr. & Mrs. Barry ScottMr. & Mrs. James ScottMs. Suzanne ShanafeltMr. & Mrs. Ron ShellyDr. Jane K. ShepherdMs. Cindy SlaterMr. & Mrs. Charles L. SmithMrs. Jeanne SorbelDr. & Mrs. Bob SoulenMr. & Mrs. Chris SpenceDr. & Mrs. William StandleeMr. & Mrs. Steve StevensMr. Norman D. Stovall, Jr.Mr. & Mrs. C. H. Stubblefield, Jr.Mr. & Mrs. Bill SumpterThe Wesleyan at Estrella Assisted LivingMs. Laniece ThomasMr. & Mrs. James ThompsonMr. & Mrs. Rommie TolerMr. Earl TruesdaleMr. & Mrs. Alfred TruslowMr. & Mrs. Joe UriasMs. Jeanne WalkerMs. Emily WallaceMs. Norma WalstonMr. & Mrs. Andy WelchMr. & Mrs. John WhiteknactMrs. Serena WhitleyMr. & Mrs. Bo WickstromMr. & Mrs. Kenneth WilkersonMs. Linley WilkinsMs. Jane Gray Williams17Ms. Jean WilliamsonMr. & Mrs. John WillisDr. & Mrs. Richard J. WillsBishop & Mrs. Joe WilsonMrs. Janie WrayMr. & Mrs. Roger WrightThe Joe B. & Louise P. CookFoundationCHURCHESBreckenridge First United MethodistChurchCentral United Methodist Church,BrownwoodChina Spring United Methodist ChurchCross Plains First United MethodistChurchDaily Bread SS Class, Georgetown FirstUnited Methodist ChurchGordon First United Methodist ChurchHolland United Methodist ChurchLaurel Street United Methodist Church,DublinLura Harrison SS Class, Frost UnitedMethodist ChurchMansfield First United MethodistChurchMorningside United Methodist Church,Fort WorthOlney First United Methodist ChurchSaginaw United Methodist ChurchSalado United Methodist ChurchSt. Andrews United Methodist Church,KilleenSt. James United Methodist Church,WacoWesley Progressors SS Class, ArlingtonFirst United Methodist ChurchIN-KIND GIFTSMr. & Mrs. Jeff PutnamEMPLOYEE ANGELS TOBENEVOLENT FUNDMrs. Erica BartlettMs. Michelle BellerandMs. Xiomara BonillaMs. Tiffany BrittenMs. Ashley BrownMs. Lois Brown-MosleyMrs. Cristina BryantMs. Jorgina ButlerMs. Julie CapetilloMs. Eva CarrizalesMs. Shawndrea CarterMr. Michael ChastantMs. Delia ClareMrs. Lauren CollinsMs. Nerissia CraigMs. Katherine CruzMs. Rafaela Curiel de TapiaMs. Renaye DavisMs. Trina DelgadoMr. Richard EdgeMs. Rayetta ElkinsMs. Linda EllerdMrs. Beatriz EspinozaMr. Ricardo Farmer-YanezMrs. Becky Folta-MayMs. Kathy ForgachMrs. Capucine FosterMs. Dorothy FranklinMs. Ryan GibsonMrs. Kelly GoetzMs. Thelma GoodsonMs. Patricia GordonMs. Ashton GoreMs. Kathy GouldingMs. Evangelina GuerreroMs. Lucita GuerraMs. Lucy HalimMrs. Rebecca HammanMrs. Sara Hansen-MadeleyMrs. Mandy HastingsMs. Shakera HealyMrs. San Juanita HernandezMrs. Stephanie HernandezMr. Luis HerreraMs. Georgianne HewettMs. Keira Hosch-CarrollMrs. Denise IniguezMr. Darrel JeffersonMs. Telitha JonesMs. Cindy JudgeMrs. Schola KabugiMrs. Kevynn KeaneMr. Brooks KrockoverMrs. Jennifer LandrumMs. Toni LeeMrs. Jen MartelMs. Sara MartindaleThe Power of CommunityLunch is a time of laughter and friendship for Independent Living residents. (From left to right: Dena Hill, Martha Steele,staff member Shannon Sansom, Beverly Bendall, Mary Lee Florschuetz, and Esther Gooderl.)Community comes from within. It can’t be imported,delivered or purchased. It is something we createtogether. And, every community is unique because of theindividuals who belong to it, the qualities they bring, therelationships they develop and the values that are shared. AtWesleyan Homes, one of the characteristics of our community is the spirit of concern and caring that comes fromthose who live and work here. It is not uncommon to hearresidents describe one another and the staff as neighbors orfamily.Perhaps no one is in a better position to observe the uniquequalities of the Wesleyan community than the irrepressibleMichelle Munk, Life Enrichment Director at The Wesleyanat Estrella Independent Living. She brings a commitment toresidents along with fun and energy and those qualities arecatching. She is also an award-winner for creating a multifaceted wellness program that has garnered nationalattention.With obvious pride, Michelle stated, “Wellness is one of ourcore values and at least 80% of our residents enjoy takingpart in our activities. We have four classes a day includingbalance, yoga, and chair aerobics and we have around sixtypeople participating daily. That’s important because theseregular interactions contribute to a strong sense of community.“From the first day residents arrive, the Welcome Committee does a great job in making them feel at home. We get toknow new residents while they are on the waiting list andhave a good idea of their interests before they move in. Wework with the Welcome Committee to make sure that eachnew resident is matched with someone who shares something in common, can introduce them to others and sit withthem in the dining room for the first day or two. That mayseem like a little thing, but it makes a big difference.“We have so many activities for residents to choose from –from eating out, going to theatre productions or concerts,shopping excursions or just a drive to see the bluebonnets inbloom. Whatever the destination, we are building community through shared experiences. But some of the bestcommunity building comes from casual conversations in thelobby or during a meal.“With the new addition at The Wesleyan at Estrella Independent Living, we’ll have even more common community2

spaces to offer: an expanded fitness center, swimming pool,a café, crafts center and a large activity room that will holdall the residents for entertainment, lectures and specialevents. Recently, we had a theatrical performance directedby two women who moved here from Sun City where theywere actresses in the local community theater. They are talented actresses and write and direct plays, too. Their recentperformance was such a success that they took it ‘on theroad’ and performed for the residents at Assisted Living,too.”“Any of us who are having struggles might get a card fromhalf the people who live here. We all sign cards to help support people who are sick or grieving or struggling. In ourworship time on Wednesday nights, we pray for whoever issick or in the hospital. It’s a very caring place.”Anita Nelson stated, “The most important thing about living here is that we care about and love each other. People sayto me, ‘How do you like it there?’ And I say, ‘How wouldyou like to be surrounded by 140 people who care aboutyou?’ I don’t think there’s a person here who is not cared for.There is no better way to understand the sense of commu- The other day someone stuck their head in the door of mynity than to share a meal with a group of Wesleyan Homes room and said, ‘We prayed for you tonight.’ I’d been a littleresidents. One group of lively Independent Living ladies sits under the weather that day and somebody cared enough totell the person who wastogether at meals and conleading the service aboutsider one another great“The most important thing aboutme. It’s that kind of caringfriends. Their ages – whichlivinghereisthatwecareaboutandthat’s just so amazing and itthey volunteered with pridecontinues day after day.”loveeachother.”–AnitaNelson– run from 72 to 93, butwith their spirit, conversaMartha Steele spoke quietly, “I’m legally blind and so it wastion and sense of humor, they seem decades younger! Whenn’t easy for me when I first moved in. When Beverly Bendallasked what brought them together, they all had something moved next door, my life changed.”to say: “We just gravitated together.” “This is a very caringbunch.” “We’re a happy table.” “We laugh and enjoy each Esther added, “Beverly befriended Martha and got her toother.” “Sometimes we laugh so loud that other tables look come down every day and get involved. Now she’s outgoingat us like we’re a little crazy. We like that!”and visits with everybody.”Esther Gooderl said, “I don’t have to go out of my way towelcome other people. It just comes naturally. When I seesomeone new, I speak to them. And soon, we’re going tohave a chance to meet so many new people when our newaddition opens. We’ll be one building with twice as manyresidents. We’re so happy to have so many people who wantto move in here. And there’s still a long waiting list to get in.Beverly said, “If Martha needed anything, I was there. AndI still am. Next week is her birthday so we’re all going out toDos Salsas to celebrate. It’s the most popular Mexicanrestaurant in town so we’re going at four o’clock to makesure we can get a table!”Dena Hill observed, “The staff treats us wonderfully. If wewant anything, we can ask for it and they’ll do it. I’ve never“When you look at someone in the eye and – even if you had them refuse to do something that I asked for. For examdon’t say anything – you can tell that they are genuinely ple, I can signal to Shannon by holding my cup up and I’llconcerned about you. You can tell that by their body lan- get a new cup of coffee. It’s like magic.”guage and eye contact. Most everybody, when you see themin the hall or the lobby, says, ‘How are you today?’ I don’t Shannon Samson came up to the table with a big smile.know of anyone who lives here who doesn’t greet other peo- Clearly, he’s a favorite of the group. He was asked how hewould describe the group and quickly replied, “They are aple.”handful!” The ladies laughed loudly and agreed with him!Mary Lee Florschuetz shared, “I got into this group after my Shannon started working with Wesleyan Homes at the oldhusband died and they’d been caring for me for eight and a Retirement Home on University Avenue when he was 17half months while I was going back and forth to The Wes- years old. Thirty-two years later he has not lost his love forleyan at Scenic. They reached out to me because they knew the mission of Wesleyan Homes.I was having a rough time. It meant everything to me. It feltlike I was surrounded by family. That’s when I knew I was Dena recalled, “We almost lost him a few years ago. He hadkidney failure and was in a coma for six days, so we decidedpart of a have a prayer vigil for him. The idea didn’t come from the3Mrs. Mary WattersMr. & Mrs. Richard WheelisMr. & Mrs. John WhiteknactMrs. Serena WhitleyMr. Weldon WhittenMs. Nena WilliamsMs. Nesi WilliamsMr. Charles WingetMrs. Anne WiseMr. & Mrs. Roger M. WrightDr. & Mrs. Marvin Kendall YoungMr. & Mrs. Ray YoungBENEVOLENT FUNDMs. Marjorie AllenMr. Andy AndersonMs. Bonita AndersonMr. & Mrs. David AndersonMs. Judy ApelRev. John & Lucy AymondMr. Phillips BakerMr. & Mrs. Kenneth BaldufMr. & Mrs. Godfrey BaldwinMrs. June N. BarnesMr. & Mrs. Steve BarrettMr. & Mrs. Kevin BartlesMs. Mattie BartlettDr. & Mrs. Stephen BenoldMr. & Mrs. Gene BinghamMr. & Mrs. James W. BlackwellMr. Alfred BlaschkeMr. Franklin A. BlomquistMs. Sue BolandMs. Jennifer BollmanMrs. Evelyn BonifacicDr. & Mrs. Dan BonnerMr. & Mrs. Bill BoothMr. & Mrs. Joseph BrandmillerMr. Ralph Brenneman, Jr.Mr. & Mrs. Raymond BristowMr. & Mrs. Charles BrockMs. Sue BrockMs. Jeanette BrooksDr. & Mrs. Walter BruningMr. & Mrs. Julian BucherMr. & Mrs. Leon BuckMr. & Mrs. Scott BukhairMr. & Mrs. Charles BullardMrs. Mary Beth BurnsMs. Susan K. CageMs. Delores CalafatiDr. & Mrs. Claud G. CameronMr. & Mrs. William E. CanetMr. & Mrs. Carl V. CawoodMr. & Mrs. James C. ChandlerRev. & Mrs. Jim ChandlerChevron Humankind (Matching Gift)Mr. & Mrs. John ChilelloCol. & Mrs. Rex E. CloudMrs. Helen Lewis CoffmanMr. & Mrs. Bill ConnorMrs. Robbie Nelle CookMrs. Willie Fay CoverstonMr. & Mrs. Tommy CoxDr. & Mrs. Philip H. CraytonMrs. Gloria DanielMs. Sue DavidsonMr. & Mrs. John DeesMr. & Mrs. William DischMr. & Mrs. Carl DoeringMrs. Betty DoughertyMr. & Mrs. Peter DykeMr. & Mrs. Dan EcklenMr. & Mrs. Harold D. Eidson, Jr.Mr. & Mrs. Al ElliottMr. & Mrs. Al EndsleyMr. & Mrs. Charles FordMr. Mike FordMs. Judi K. GallowayMrs. Nancy GarnerMs. Joan GaspardMr. & Mrs. William T. GloverMr. & Mrs. Arnold GrayMr. & Mrs. Al GreenbergRev. & Mrs. Norman E. GriffithMr. & Mrs. Roy J. GroganMs. Mary GurleyMr. & Mrs. Bennie GuyMrs. Jackie HammarMr. & Mrs. John R. HawkinsMr. & Mrs. Robert D. HawthornMrs. Sherron HeinemannMrs. Ouida HendersonMr. Jim HensleyMr. & Mrs. Monroe HesterRev. Catherine HixMr. & Mrs. Richard Hoenerhoff(Matching Gift)Mr. & Mrs. Rex HootenMrs. Sylvia HuckabeeMrs. Lou HunterMrs. Linda HutchingsMs. Gloria IsbellMr. & Mrs. John IsbellMrs. Lula JohnsonMr. & Mrs. John JoinerMrs. Eleanor Lynn JuhlMr. & Mrs. Bill KeathlyMr. & Mrs. Robert S. KellyMs. Patricia KennedyMr. & Mrs. John KensingerMr. Wayland KiddMr. & Mrs. Allen C. KingMr. & Mrs. Lee Roy KnauthMr. & Mrs. Charles H. KnottMrs. Charlene KovarikMr. & Mrs. Raymond KunzeMrs. Margaret KyserMr. & Mrs. Richard La Cagnina, Jr.Mrs. Floy LackeyMs. Jennifer LaneDr. & Mrs. Steve LangfordMr. & Mrs. John LangstonMs. Emma LawhonMr. & Mrs. Gene LawhonRev. Cynthia LeeMr. & Mrs. Dick LeeMrs. Patty LeeMs. Carol LehmkuhlMr. & Mrs. Norman LeonardMr. & Mrs. Christopher S. LewisMr. & Mrs. Richard LeyendeckerMr. & Mrs. John LindMs. Joyce Lindler-HaleMr. & Mrs. Jerry LoftRev. Dr. Katie LongMr. & Mrs. Alvin LuedeckeMs. Karen MachalekMrs. Dottye MainesMr. & Mrs. William F. MarshMs. Molly S. MartinMrs. Jane McDonaldMr. & Mrs. Robby McKinneyMrs. Donna MerriamMrs. Polly MetzRev. Jeffrey MillerMr. John Miller, Jr.Mr. & Mrs. Joe MontgomeryMr. & Mrs. Jeff MorganDr. & Mrs. Alex MunsonMs. Lou Ann NaiserMr. & Mrs. Jack NobleMr. & Mrs. William O’ConnellDr. & Mrs. G. Benjamin OliverMrs. Anita O’Mara16

IN HONOR OF WESLEYANEMPLOYEESMrs. LaTrelle AdamsMrs. Doris AlexanderMr. Stacy AllenMrs. Bernice ArnoldMr. & Mrs. Don BartoshMr. & Mrs. Perry BeenMr. Robert BentleyMs. Louise W. BirdMs. Kaye BishopMrs. Evelyn BonifacicMr. William BoyceMr. Frank BrinserMrs. Gladys BrokhausenMrs. Gladys BrookingMs. Sally BrownfieldMr. & Mrs. Thomas ByrdMs. Peggy M. CalcoteMrs. Jeannene CarmichaelMrs. Anita CarterRev. Ray CarterDr. Virginia CarwellMrs. Carol CaseMrs. Linda Major ClarkMr. Travis Lynn CookMs. Katherine CouncilMrs. Willie Fay CoverstonMr. & Mrs. Tommy CoxMs. Mollie CraneMr. & Mrs. Ralph CroteauMrs. Peggy CumminsMr. & Mrs. Dennis DanielMrs. Gloria DanielMs. Christine DawsonMs. Ima DeanMr. Leon DixonMr. Jimmie DollinsMr. & Mrs. Bill EberbachMr. Chris EdwardsMs. Paula EdwardsMrs. Jane FinchMrs. Frances C. FlyMrs. Lena FraserMr. & Mrs. Richard FriedrichMr. & Mrs. James FryMr. Charles GaleaMrs. Genevieve GellesMr. & Mrs. Robert GleasonMs. Anna GomezMrs. Esther Gooderl15Ms. Jackie GreenMr. & Mrs. Al Greenberg, Jr.Mr. George GriffinRev. & Mrs. Norman E. GriffithMrs. Billie HarlowMr. & Mrs. James HarringtonMrs. Mildred HarrisMrs. Norma D. HarrisMr. & Mrs. John R. HawkinsMr. John HendersonMr. & Mrs. Walt HendersonMrs. Dena HillMr. & Mrs. Richard HoenerhoffMr. Jerry HoldenMs. Jeanne HollenbeckMr. & Mrs. Robert HollidayMs. Nita HornbeckMrs. Lula Dimple JohnsonMr. Bill JohnstonMr. & Mrs. Randy P. JonesMr. & Mrs. Rodney JonesMrs. Eleanor Lynn JuhlMr. & Mrs. Louis KahnMr. & Mrs. Philip KatzMs. Olga KeaneMr. & Mrs. Ted KellerDr. Dennis KennedyMrs. Lois Eleanor KilpatrickMr. Alfred Kircher, Jr.Mr. & Mrs. Dan S. KirklinMrs. Lou KnudsenMr. & Mrs. Paul LarsenMs. Katherine LarsonMr. & Mrs. Royce LindseyMrs. Louise LoydMr. & Mrs. Craig A. LynamMr. John Maidlow, Jr.Ms. Gloria MaireMr. Daniel MargolisMs. Ruth MasseyMr. & Mrs. Kenneth MatwiczakMrs. Louise G. MaxfieldMr. & Mrs. Edwin McCraryMrs. Judith H. McDowellMrs. Pam MeynersMr. John L. Miller, Jr.Mr. Arthur MitschkeMr. Ned MorrisMr. William Allen MunsonMrs. C. Maye NealMr. & Mrs. Robert NealMrs. Anita NelsonMrs. Katherine NetheryMs. Pamela NortmanMrs. Marjorie OwensMr. John ParkMrs. Deanne PeekMrs. Veta G. PercyMrs. Shirley PerrinMrs. Rena Aldrich PerryMrs. Alyce PhillipsMrs. Minnie C. PihlgrenMr. David PinaMrs. Tracie PocheDr. & Mrs. Jesse PurdyMrs. Mari QuinlivanMrs. Dorothy RadebaughMs. Gale R. RadebaughDr. & Mrs. Howard RamseyMrs. June D. ReutherMrs. Erma R. ReynoldsMrs. Jean RipperdaMs. Marilyn RitenourMrs. June RymesMr. Ray SansomMr. & Mrs. William SaulMr. & Mrs. Jesse Scheumack, Jr.Mr. & Mrs. Don SchoenDr. & Mrs. Everett SchrumMr. & Mrs. Barry ScottMs. Joanne ShawMr. & Mrs. Fremont SheavlyMrs. Wanda ShieldsMrs. Grace SingletonMrs. Vicky SinwellMrs. Bonnie SnyderMr. & Mrs. John SteeleMrs. Martha SteeleMr. & Mrs. Steve StevensMr. & Mrs. Bill SumpterMrs. Barbara SwensonMr. & Mrs. Henry SyersMrs. Joyce TallyMrs. Barbara Nelle TaylorMs. Virginia M. ThomasMs. Jimmie TidwellMr. & Mrs. Roy TofteMr. William H. TomeyMs. Elaine J. TorosianMr. Earl TruesdaleMrs. Novella WalkerMr. & Mrs. Ed WallaceMs. Cynthia WarrenMrs. Mary Warringtonadministrators, but from us. We told people we were goingto gather in the activities room in the afternoon and theword spread. That afternoon, the room was packed with residents and staff gathered to pray for Shannon. To me, that’sthe definition of community.“His mother told us that she believed our prayers made adifference. Eventually he came out of the coma, recoveredand came back to work. The first day that Shannon cameback, he was standing by the front door and everybodystood up and clapped for him. He is loved by everybody.”changed my mind because he took the time to talk to me.He’s a very sweet boy and I’m fond of him.”The group agreed that one of the most important reasons forthe strong sense of community at Independent Living is thatit is a faith community. They also appreciate the length ofservice of so many staff members. Some of them have beenwith the Wesleyan Homes for 30 years or more. They realizethat you can’t buy that kind of loyalty.Anita had the last word and the last laugh: “Occasionally, Ihear somebody grumble about the food and I always say,Mary Lee says, “l give a lot of credit to the administrators ‘Oh, did you have 365 days of perfect meals at your house?who choose the people who work here. They just don’t hire That is amazing!’ When people start complaining, we don’tanybody. They find people with a caring heart. We care for have time for that. We have more important things to do.”them and they care for us. That’s true at every level from theadministrators to the kitchen staff and maintenance work- For this community, the “important things to do” are caringfor and loving one another through both times of laughterers.”and times of tears. A recent visitor remarked, “You can tellDena surprised the group with a story. “One of the things I that this is a very special place as soon as you walk throughlike best is the chance to get to know the staff members. We the door. It’s not just a place to live, it is a genuine commuhave a driver who has tattoos and must cover them up while nity.”he’s at work. One day he drove me to the clinic at Templeand started explaining to me why he had tattoos and mademe understand why they were meaningful to him. Up untilthen I didn’t have a good feeling about tattoos, but he4

Transitions in Aging: Moving to Assisted LivingMs. Viola Davis (Home Health)Ms. Joyce McGinnisMs. Helen Haynes (Benevolent)Mrs. Tamara Jan WoolheaterMs. Mary Ellen Cromer (Benevolent)Mr. Richard B. MurphyMs. Cecilia Heiskell (Benevolent)Mr. & Mrs. Bernard PorterMs. Vivian Dessum (Benevolent)Mrs. Jackie BrawnerMr. Albert Hoelck (Benevolent)Ms. Joyce HoelckMr. & Mrs. Warren Duke (Benevolent)Mr. & Mrs. Marshall DukeMs. Jeanne Hollenbeck (Benevolent)Ms. Elaine J. TorosianMs. Lynda CreceliusMs. Virginia Evers (Benevolent)Mr. & Mrs. R. Doug DavisMr. & Mrs. William “Bill” Flagg(Benevolent)Rev. Mary PowellMr. Steve BarrettMrs. Gloria Flagg (Benevolent)Dr. & Mrs. Howard RamseyMrs. Carol CaseMr. & Mrs. Roger WrightDr. & Mrs. Dan BonnerMrs. Esther GooderlMs. Georgianne HewettMs. Argentine Mary FisherMr. & Mrs. Roy TofteMr. & Mrs. John FisherMrs. Nettie Ruth BrattonResident Anne Wise enjoys a walk outdoors with Assisted Living Life Enrichment Director Laura Pittman.Moving is always stressful, but moving because youneed more assistance with daily activities is a decisionmany of us dread. Making the transition from living independently to living with assistance requires an acceptance ofour limitations, support from family and staff members, andthe courage to make a major change. On The Wesleyan atEstrella campus, our Independent Living and Assisted Living communities are only 500 yards apart. But, for theresident needing a higher level of care, the psychological andemotional distance can be vast.had to take a number of pills every morning and one day Itook two of the same pills and got really sick. Within a week,we were talking about me moving to Assisted Living.”Anne’s daughter, Dotty Culig, who lives locally, treated themove to Assisted Living much as she and her siblings had anearlier move to Independent Living. Dotty recalls the initialdecision to move to The Wesleyan at Estrella, “Mother wasliving in Conroe. We took advantage of a visit my sister, wholives in Florida, made to Texas to take a tour of the Independent Living community. Even though Mother had beenAnne Wise, a resident of The Wesleyan at Estrella Assisted on the waiting list, when we brought up the tour, she hesiLiving, made that transition two years ago. She explained, “I tated and said, ‘ I’m not ready for this.’lived in Independent Living for four years and loved it. I wason the Resident Council, used the putting green and was ac- “My siblings and I told her that it was just a tour, and shetive in a knitting group. I had a lot of good friends and didn͛t did not have to make a commitment.” The tour is importantbecause often seniors have a misconception of what today͛sfeel that I was old because I was having such a good time.“Then I began to have some falls and that worried me. I also senior living communities are like. After Anne visited Inde5Mr. Bob Florence (Benevolent)Mrs. Nancy K. FlorenceMr. Duane Florschuetz (Benevolent)Mr. & Mrs. Roy TofteMrs. Nettie Ruth BrattonMr. & Mrs. Alonzo Gleason(Wendland Chapel Windows)Mr. & Mrs. Robert GleasonMrs. Hazel Harbert (Hospice)Mr. Joe HarbertMs. Geneva Harris (Benevolent)Mr. & Mrs. Harlan HartMr. Sam Harris (Benevolent)Mr. & Mrs. Terry LesterMr. & Mrs. Danny MickanMs. Anna Marie Huset (Benevolent)Mr. & Mrs. Robert L. HazelwoodMs. Helen Jansen (Benevolent)Mr. George JansenMrs. Sue C. Jones (Benevolent)Mrs. Helen JohnsonMr. Kent JohnsonBishop & Mrs. Joe WilsonMs. Georgianne HewettMs. Joyce Darlene Murff(Wesleyan at Scenic)Ms. Kathleen To & Mr. HaroldBruecknerMr. Claude Nelson (Benevolent)Mrs. Linda GusnowskiMr. & Mrs. George Nelson(Benevolent)Mr. George JansenMr. & Mrs. Bill PeaceMs. Elizabeth Oatman (Benevolent)Dr. & Mrs. Jake B. SchrumMr. Harold Riggs (Benevolent)Mr. & Mrs. Robert H. YarbroughMs. Peggy Rudasill (Hospice)Mr. & Mrs. Martin WeathersbeeDr. Stan Rupert (Benevolent)Ms. Kathleen To & Mr. HaroldBruecknerMs. Elizabeth Kerr (Benevolent)Mrs. Nancy K. FlorenceMs. Renee Schugal (Benevolent)Mrs. Jeanne SorbelMr. Paul Kerr (Benevolent)Mrs. Nancy K. FlorenceMs. Ann Smith (Benevolent)Mrs. Nancy K. FlorenceMrs. Midge Krieg (Benevolent)Mrs. Lauren PeckMr. Clinton Sorbel (Benevolent)Mrs. Jeanne SorbelMr. Robert Kunetka (Benevolent)Ms. Evelyn KunetkaMr. & Mrs. Montel Lowe (Benevolent)Mr. & Mrs. Marshall DukeMs. Emma Meadows (Benevolent)Ms. Kathleen To & Mr. HaroldBruecknerMr. Don L. Mitcham (Benevolent)Mr. & Mrs. Derl WarrenMr. Roy McEndree (Benevolent)Mr. & Mrs. Ken GusnowskiMr. Jimmie Mitchell (Benevolent)Mr. Keith MitchellMr. C. H. Stubblefield (Hospice)Mr. & Mrs. C. H. Stubblefield, Jr.Ms. Amanda Teague (Benevolent)Ms. Jeana JonesMr. Frank Todd (Benevolent)Mrs. Tess ToddMs. Eileen Voss (Benevolent)Mr. & Mrs. Robert VossMr. Phil Walden (Benevolent)Mrs. Theresa WaldenMr. Murray Wier (Benevolent)Mrs. Marjorie WierMs. Dorothy Zulauf (Benevolent)Mr. & Mrs. Edwin R. Jones14

Gifts to Wesleyan HomesFrom October 20, 2016 to March 20, 2017Wesleyan Homes gives thanks for the individuals and organizations who, through their gifts, contribute to the fulfillment ofour mission.IN HONORMr. James B. Adams (Benevolent)Mrs. Margie Anne AveryMrs. Beverly Bendall (Benevolent)Mr. & Mrs. Randy BendallDr. Douglas Benold (Benevolent)Mrs. Jeannine FairburnDr. Dan Bonner (Benevolent)Ms. Georgianne HewettMrs. Nettie Ruth Bratton (Benevolent)Mr. & Mrs. Norman RoeMs. Peggy Calcote (Benevolent)Mr. & Mrs. Hugh KoogRev. Ray Carter (Benevolent)Mr. & Mrs. Royce LindseyMrs. Willie Fay Coverston (Benevolent)Mr. & Mrs. Keith CarterEstrella Staff (Benevolent)Mr. & Mrs. Claude FoltaGeorgetown First United MethodistChurch (Benevolent)Mrs. Ruth VerhoefGeorgetown First United MethodistChurch, Pastors and Staff (Phase III)Mr. & Mrs. Herschel KoberleinMrs. O. V. Johnson (Benevolent)Mr. Barry JohnsonMr. William Krieg (Benevolent)Mrs. Lauren PeckMrs. R

Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Reimers Ms. Ann Rems b urg Ms. Mary Reynolds Dr. & Mrs. William G. Rhoades Mrs. Jean Ripperda Mrs. Betty May Ro b ertson Major & Mrs. Ro b ert R. Ro b inson III Mr. & Mrs. Donald Roller Mr. & Mrs. Mike Rossman Mr. & Mrs. E. Hartley Sappington Mr. Donald L. Schmidt Dr. & Mrs. Dale Sc

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