Abundant Life Center Dedicated at Passavant Community
Since the first shovel-full of dirt was lifted, residents at Passavant Community have anxiously awaited the completion of their new community center. On June 4, some of them stood side by side with Laura Roy, executive director, to cut the ribbon and officially dedicate the Abundant Life Center.
“Today we renew our commitment and passion for abundant life,” Roy said, thanking the many residents, staff, families and friends of Passavant Community and Lutheran SeniorLife who helped the vision of a life-affirming, life-giving home become a reality.
David Fenoglietto, president and CEO of Lutheran SeniorLife, said the new building will enhance a community that is already so vibrant and alive.
“It is easy to pick us out among a crowded field of senior living providers,” Fenoglietto said. “We are an organization willing to change, to dream and to grow.”
Care in the Abundant Life Center abandons the stereotype of a hospital-like nursing home, and replaces it with small, comfortable ‘neighborhoods’ made up of private rooms. This national Culture Change evolution, which is being adopted throughout the Lutheran SeniorLife system, is based on person-directed values and practices, with a focus on resident choice, dignity, respect, self-determination and purposeful living.
Quoting Maya Angelou, Fenoglietto said, “When you know better, you do better.”
Tours of the $57 million, 223,000-square foot building were given following the dedication ceremony to allow visitors to see the buildings amenities and living spaces. Residents are scheduled to begin moving into the new residential living apartments at the end of June.
Participants in the dedication ceremony included the Passavant Singers, bellringers and Seaman Church Choir; Journey to Our New Home Prayer Group; The Rev. Kurt F. Kusserow, bishop of the Southwestern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; and The Rev. Wilfred Goetze, pastor and chaplain at Passavant Community.
Cutting the ceremonial ribbon are (l to r) Reinhold "Dutch" Weber, Nadine Simon, Laura Roy, Joreen Moehring, Janet Sniezek, and Mary Lou Neff.
At right: An aerial view of the new Abundant Life Center at Passavant Community.