The Foundation’s confidential Fellowship Program provides entrance and monthly assistance to help some individuals with significant documented financial needs. It also provides long-term security to all residents with the commitment that no resident will ever be asked to leave due to an inability to pay. Currently, 109 residents are receiving Fellowship assistance. In addition to our community’s fees, Fellowship provides supplemental health insurance and 75% or more of out-of-pocket medical expenses.
In all areas of our campus, Westminster Canterbury has embraced a revolutionary approach to service that fosters independence, flexibility and choice. In the Mary Morton Parsons Health Center, this approach is supported by renovations that created 11 separate households.
Donors to the Foundation further enhance health services across campus through their support of ambitious initiatives in priority areas: staffing, training, technology and quality assurance. Charitable funding is needed to provide services and innovations that otherwise are not possible. Our goal: to be a national model for health services in long-term care.
Possible future initiatives:
Seeking a healthy balance in the development of mind, body and spirit, the Foundation supports Westminster Canterbury’s Wellness Program, winner of the national Nu-Step Pinnacle Award for retirement communities in 2010. Foundation gifts have provided support for staff, equipment and programs. The Foundation funds membership in COLLAGE, a national program that helps residents create individual goals for healthy aging. COLLAGE also provides Westminster Canterbury with deeper knowledge of residents’ needs for wellness programming and resources.
Our full-time Pastoral Care staff includes three chaplains providing an array of worship opportunities, as well as pastoral support of residents and staff. The Foundation funds an additional part-time chaplain devoted to supporting residents with dementia and their families and professional caregivers. This team shares their experience with area seminarians and recent seminary graduate interns who receive stipends through the Foundation to work and learn on our campus. The Foundation also supports Westminster Canterbury’s pastoral care educational lectures, open to the wider community.
Westminster Canterbury Richmond’s NAEYC-accredited Child Development Center enrolls approximately 120 children from the ages of six weeks to 12 years. Employee children receive a 45% corporate tuition discount. Generous donors have also created a scholarship endowment to provide additional need-based assistance to employee children, and funds to provide scholarships for special fee-based classes.
Memory support therapies with professional therapists in the fields of music, art, and horticulture help residents relate to past memories, calm their behavior, and slow the debilitation of memory loss. Originally made possible through a generous grant from Dominion Resources, this program continues as a result of generous gifts to the Foundation. Reports from therapists and grateful families substantiate the effectiveness of these memory support programs in improving residents’ quality of life.
The Sara Belle November Theater, specially designed for the comfort of older adults, is one of only a few nationwide on the campus of a retirement community. Charitable gifts, not resident fees, cover the performance fees of all the performances in the theater. Many donors have contributed to permanent endowments, or have sponsored special evenings for the community.
Ted and Mary Linhart will match up to $100,000 in gifts toward Performing Arts Endowment over the next 2-5 years.
The Foundation supports Westminster Canterbury Richmond’s studio arts program by funding instructors, supplies, and equipment. The program offers classes for residents at all levels of artistic ability. Class series and onetime workshops in painting, drawing, woodworking, monotype printmaking, jewelry making and more enable residents to continue lifelong passions or discover hidden potential.
Various Foundation funds and endowments provide tuition assistance to enhance learning and skill development for Westminster Canterbury employees. Westminster Canterbury Richmond encourages each employee’s career development – and can share success stories as proof. Whether it’s attending a one-day, work-related seminar or earning a college degree, any interested employee can find an opportunity to grow through this program.