Monthly Archives: April 2014

Make a Mother’s Day tribute gift

April marked the 65th anniversary of Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America. As we look back at our beginnings, we discover that PMMA has had a tie to specific purpose fundraising on Mother’s Day from its infancy. In the fall of 1947, nearly two years before the first campus opened in Newton, the Presbyterian synod authorized the first board to conduct a fund-raising campaign including a special appeal at Mother’s Day to support the effort to establish a home for the aged.

Today, the specific purpose of the Mother’s Day appeal is to financially assist our residents, who have reached the end of their financial resources through no fault of their own, so that they can remain a Presbyterian Manor resident and neighbor. Through the Good Samaritan Program, PMMA provides care to nearly 500 residents throughout the PMMA system. read more

Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America’s Founder’s Day celebrates 65 years of service to seniors

Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America, 65 years of the art of lifeEmployees of Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America will celebrate 65 years of the Art of Life when they simultaneously celebrate Founder’s Day this week.

The Art of Life is supported through a variety of programs encouraging health and wellness, spiritual life, lifelong learning, intergenerational interactions, Art is Ageless® and end of life services.

To reveal the “Art of Living” story at PMMA, a film crew captured the dramas, celebrations, small victories, discovery of new things and the interactions with friends, neighbors and family including the “family” that is PMMA staff.  Residents and staff will view the project during celebrations and it will also be available for viewing on all PMMA community websites. read more

A humble beginning

Alice Kalb, founder of Newton Presbyterian Manor
As Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America celebrates its 65th anniversary, we will take a look back at our history in each issue of Community Matters.

Sixty-seven years ago this June, a woman from El Dorado, Kan., asked the United Presbyterian Synod if it would consider opening a home for the aged. Alice Kalb’s simple question sparked a two-year study and the eventual opening of the very first Presbyterian Manor in Newton on April 19, 1949.

After Alice’s question was brought forward, the synod voted to appoint a small exploratory committee to look at the idea and see if it had merit. Dr. George Nelson was appointed chairman of the committee at its first meeting in Topeka a month later. The committee quickly determined that there was indeed a need for a home for the aged, and sought approval from the synod to raise funds for the effort. The request was approved at the synod meeting in Hutchinson in October 1947. The newly named Temporary Committee on the Home for the Aged was authorized to take an offering throughout the synod, possibly on Mother’s Day. The practice of raising funds for Presbyterian Manors on Mother’s Day continues today. read more