Founder’s Day is very special to those of us living in the Bristol Village Community. On June 9, the Founder’s Day dinner was held, along with the 7th annual Hospice Cake Auction.
14 cakes, prepared and donated by residents and staff, were auctioned to the highest bidder held at the Glenn Center on Friday June 9. The cake auction and sponsor gifts have raised $3,800 to date for Hospice care.
Following the Cake Auction, a special concert featuring the Lower London Street Dixieland Band highlighted the annual Founders Day events. These events commemorate the opening of the Bristol Village campus in June, 1962.
National Church Residences Hospice South is committed to provide excellent care to all clients regardless of ability to pay. 100% of the proceeds from the event will provide for the special needs of our limited income Hospice clients as they cope with a life limiting illness.
Founded in 1962, Bristol Village is the flagship community of National Church Residences. Bristol Village’s success, and unparalled services, spawned the growth of National Church Residences – which is now one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit providers of senior housing and services.
It was founded by Rev. John R. Glenn who, with a group of far-sighted individuals, purchased an abandoned neighborhood of 400 houses from the Federal Housing Administration. Fifty years ago, the first residents began moving into Bristol Village- the first retirement village of its kind in the U.S.
Initially focusing on providing low-cost homes for retired teachers and preachers, it has grown to include a wide variety of people from all walks of life. “The biggest thing that seems to attract people to retirement communities is the socialization and resident-run activities,” stated former Bristol Village Director Pat Nichols. “While most retirement villages have apartment buildings, we’re one of the first villages to have individual homes centered around an activity center.”
The 65,000 square foot John R. Glenn Activity Center provides facilities for catering to the interests and needs of residents. The residents come from all parts of the USA, and many have significant international living experiences. The variety of backgrounds and interests of Bristol Village residents is remarkable.
In 2000-2001, a new boulevard and fountains were built and canal work began. Major landscaping projects enhancing the appearance of the village took place in 2007-2008.
Home to people from 26 different states, Bristol Village offers a small town atmosphere where residents can become involved in volunteerism. In addition, Bristol Village strives to keep an open relationship with the greater community, encouraging locals to use the activity center for their events when it is not in use.
Many residents have called Bristol Village home for over 20 years. With the services provided in the Village, seniors are able to stay in their homes longer, fulfilling Bristol Village’s goal to “keep residents active, engaged, and healthy.”
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