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Marjorie P. Lee Gets to the Heart of Community Living

Oct 11, 2013 8:42:00 AM

 

The staff members and leadership at Marjorie P. Lee are dedicated to providing our residents a comfortable and caring retirement living experience, but our residents are the ones who make Marjorie P. Lee a community.

Claire Peters found a new family and a new lease on life when she moved into her apartment at Marjorie P. Lee in 2004. “I feel like it’s my home,” Claire says.

 

She loves how new residents are welcomed with open arms and drawn right into the heart of the retirement community. Neighbors quickly become fast friends who look for ways to make your life a little better and a little brighter.

“When you see somebody coming into the dining room alone, if you look around and see someone hesitating at the door, someone nobody came in with, you just go up to them and ask them to join you,” says Claire.

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That’s the kind of community residents can expect at Marjorie P. Lee.

“I wish I had moved here sooner. I have neighbors who are engaging and friendly. This is me. This is my community,” says Aldy Kuertz who has been a resident of Marjorie P. Lee since 2008.

But our sense of community doesn’t stop there.

Even as Marjorie P. Lee comes together, our residents don’t hide behind the walls of our retirement community.

Residents can often be found out and about in Greater Cincinnati participating in volunteer opportunities. In 2012, staff and residents of ERH retirement communities donated their time, money, and experience to enriching the Greater Cincinnati community.

Total ERH volunteer hours… 16,159

Percentage of hours donated by Marjorie P. Lee and Deupree House 16.3%

One of the most popular volunteer programs is the Council for Lifelong Engagement (CLLE) which is dedicated educating the youth of Cincinnati and ending ageism at the same time.

CLLE volunteer hours ….753

Number of residents involved in CLLE… 208

Number of students involved in CLLE… 1,122

Through CLLE, older adults in ERH retirement communities are able to share their knowledge and talents with schoolchildren. As program founder Laura Lamb explains, “Our children [are able to] learn firsthand from elders who have lived rich and rewarding lives. They make history, science and even math come alive through their experience and wisdom.” And through these positive interactions, we are reversing the stereotypes of ageism.

But our connection to the community doesn’t stop here.

We also encourage Cincinnatians to get involved at Marjorie P. Lee.

Volunteers play a crucial role in helping ERH provide quality retirement living and senior care, and almost anyone who has a heart for service can participate.

Greater Cincinnati residents who 13 years of age or older who are looking for ways to share their talents and give back to others can find was to participate at Marjorie P. Lee or one of our sister retirement communities.

Our volunteers serve in so many different ways:

  • Providing clerical or reception support at our communities
  • Arranging and delivering flowers to residents who need a little cheer
  • Visiting with residents who don’t have strong family support systems
  • Proving support to help make resident events and outings successful
  • Clerking at the Marjorie P. Lee Corner Store
  • Helping our older residents learn new devices like tablets, smartphones and programs like Facebook or Twitter
  • Donating their expertise in other areas of specialized interest such as painting, photography and videography, knitting, card playing, and so much more.

If you have a passion for service, we encourage you to participate in our retirement community no matter where your skills and interests lie. We have room for people like you.

Bryan Reynolds

Written by: Bryan Reynolds

Bryan Reynolds is the Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations for Episcopal Retirement Services (ERS). Bryan is responsible for developing and implementing ERS' digital marketing strategy, and overseeing the website, social media outlets, audio and video content and online advertising. After originally attending The Ohio State University, he graduated from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, where he earned a Bachelor of fine arts focused on electronic media. Bryan loves to share his passion for technology by assisting older adults with their computer and mobile devices. He has taught several classes within ERS communities as well as at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute run by the University of Cincinnati. He also participates on the Technology Team at ERS to help provide direction. Bryan and his wife Krista currently reside in Lebanon, Ohio with their 5 children.

Topics: Building Community, retirement community

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