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zx Buckner celebrates 60 years of senior living in Houston


HOUSTON – In 1951, Houston issued a challenge to Buckner: “We want the kind of senior living experience you provide.” Buckner Retirement Services answered with the Texas Baptist Haven. Now, 60 years later, Buckner is


still


providing Houston its distinctive brand of senior living through its fl agship community, Parkway Place.


The initiative to open a senior living community in Houston began in 1951 when a group of Texas Baptists appealed to the Buckner Board of Directors. They wanted a trusted place where aging Texas Baptists could receive the physical, emotional and spiritual care they needed. They believed Buckner could provide that. The board agreed, pending the group raising the initial $250,000 for the effort. Led by Union Baptist Association, the group achieved its goal by September 1954. On July 1, 1955, Texas Baptist Haven offi cially opened a 24-person com- munity on a 45-acre campus, featuring a kitchen, central dining area and laundry. In 1998, Texas Baptist Haven was moved to a new campus, Parkway Place, Buckner Retirement Service’s most advanced senior living community to date.


“Over the past 60 years, we have been blessed by many valuable and treasured friends,” said Charlie Wilson, senior vice president of Buckner Retirement Services. “Every resident and Parkway Place staff member is a valued member of the Buck- ner family, and we attempt to treat them as such. We care for and about each resident. We know them, their stories and their families. And they know us.” Parkway Place is driven by a Christ- like commitment to service. Residents and families sense it is a caring community, and each day, the staff attempts to carry that legacy forward.


Texas Baptist Haven opened in 1955 (above). In 1998, it was moved to Parkway Place (below).


The original design included three main wings: independent living, assisted liv- ing and skilled nursing. Another wing opened for those suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s. Parkway Place has been at or near capacity since it opened, providing a distinctive lifestyle where seniors grow together in a comfortable, safe environ- ment. People are drawn by the communal aspect of the effort.


“When people come to Parkway Place to live, they’re telling us they trust us,” Wilson said. “That’s a big responsibility we take extremely seriously. We strive to empower and care for every resident in our midst.” Parkway Place continues to evolve, updating its facilities to meet the evolving needs of senior adults. The community of- fers more activities than ever before, help- ing seniors live active lives. On any given day, residents are working out in the well- ness center, worshipping in the chapel, trading stories in the dining areas and gathering to play a game in another room. “Buckner residents truly are amazing people,” Wilson


said. “I love visiting


with them and hearing their stories. They make me smile. Most of all, they make me proud of an effort that can serve them.”


–John Hall


10 Buckner Today • FALL 2015 ISSUE


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