The Bristol Village Foundation was established in January, 1987. At that time, Jay Early was the Executive Director of Bristol Village, and his wife, Barbara was the Office Manager. The vision was to secure gifts and manage gifted assets to support the mission of Bristol Village.
The Foundation is directed by a Board of Governors comprised of the members of the Bristol Village Homes Board and three Bristol Village residents. It oversees two benevolent funds to support the needs of the residents who have encountered financial hardships that challenge fixed incomes and to support special projects initiated by residents. To this day, no one has left the Bristol Village Community for lack of funds! The Foundation also oversees a capital fund designated for needed capital improvements and a fund to support National Church Residences Hospice Program in Pike County and in south-central Ohio.
The Foundation, over the years, has spearheaded numerous projects for the growth potential of the Bristol Village Community. Listed below are some of the most significant Foundation’s capital improvements/programs:
- 1987: $800,000 in charitable gifts to Project Renaissance help develop the Fitness Center/indoor pool and Bristol Convalescent (Health Care) Center.
- 1991: $700,000 in charitable gifts to Project 2000 capital campaign develop the Activity Center stage, Bristol Nook, and major improvements at Bristol Court.
- 1992: Van Ambrose was hired to manage the Bristol Village Foundation. Jay and Barbara Early knew immediately that Van had the heart and the complete understanding of the needs of this Community.
- 1994: Twenty-six Assisted Living apartments at Bristol Health Care opens. $150,000 in charitable gifts establish a benevolent fund for assisted living residents. Two assisted living rooms are also reserved by the Foundation for short-term respite care. Foundation funds underwrite the cost of three days of respite care to all Bristol Village residents each year.
- 1996: $100,000 in charitable gifts helps expand and improve the Woodshop at Rev. John R. Glenn Activity Center.
- 1999: Project 2000…Continue the Dream capital campaign raises $1,080,000 to develop twenty-four Memory Care assisted living apartments at Bristol Health Gardens, and expand the Glenn Activity Center including the Library, Fitness Center, and the Terrace Café.
- 2003: Bristol Village Museum Cottage at Wendy Lane opens. In-kind gifts to the Foundation helped residents and staff preserve important Bristol Village history.
- 2007: Gifts helped to develop Tranquility and Ramble Grove Parks, campus walking paths, tennis court, and Dog Park, all major components of a campus wide landscape improvement plan.
- 2007: Foundation Transportation program implemented through the Good Neighbor Fund. Foundation funds underwrite local transportation costs to residents 6AM to 6PM, Monday-Friday.
- 2009: Gifts develop the Labyrinth in Tranquility Park. The resident committee and staff believe that this is the first fully handicapped accessible Labyrinth in the State of Ohio.
- 2013: Gifts to the Foundation helped develop the Bristol Village Garden Railroad and renovate the Model Railroad Clubhouse.
- 2016: Gifts to the Foundation helped to improve the Cooper Wildflower Woods.
The Bristol Village Foundation is extremely vital to the growth and culture of Bristol Village. We most definitely have Van Ambrose, Director, and Jay and Barbara Early, retired Executive Director and Office Manager, to thank for their futuristic insight for this unique Community.
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