Llanfair Expansion a Boost to College Hill Community

Posted on July 15, 2008 in In The News

A new wellness center and chapel will soon grace the campus of Llanfair Retirement Community, improving the quality of life for Llanfair residents and enhancing the College Hill community.

To celebrate this expansion, residents, donors, volunteers, clergy and staff today joined local leaders for a groundbreaking ceremony for the Margaret Jean Wells Chapel and Clara Curry Wellness Center on Llanfair’s campus, located at 1701 Llanfair Ave. Llanfair Executive Director Sheena Parton said the project was funded through private donations.

“The generosity of donors has allowed Llanfair to move forward with construction,” said Llanfair Executive Director Sheena Parton said. “Providing special places where residents can explore their physical, emotional and spiritual well-being is in keeping with our commitment to enrich our residents’ lives with meaning and purpose. We are also proud to be part of the College Hill revitalization efforts and believe Llanfair’s expansion will benefit the entire neighborhood.”

A portion of the Clara Curry Estate will be used to fund the new Wellness Center at Llanfair. It will be named The Clara Curry Wellness Center to recognize her as the major contributor. The chapel will be named for Margaret Jean Wells, the late wife of Llanfair resident Ed Wells. To honor the John Disser Estate, an unrestricted gift, the café in the wellness center will be named for him.

“Llanfair is truly blessed with this support from our friends from the past, and by the leadership and gifts given by current residents and friends,” Parton said.

The wellness center will include a café, shuffleboard court, walking track, fitness studio, exercise area and equipment and billiards. The chapel, which will seat 100, is being planned to provide a comfortable and reverent atmosphere for spiritual life programs and reflect Llanfair’s ongoing commitment to spiritual growth.

Llanfair is one of 11 retirement communities owned and operated by Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services, (OPRS), Ohio’s largest and most experienced not-for-profit provider of continuing care communities and services in the state. With headquarters in Columbus, OPRS serves 4,900 residents annually, operates 12 adult day centers and offers Senior Independence services to nearly 60,000 older adults in 38 Ohio counties. The OPRS Foundation raises several million dollars annually to support charity care, special programs, capital expansion and endowment.

The mission of OPRS is to provide older adults with caring and quality services toward the enhancement of physical, mental and spiritual well-being consistent with the Christian Gospel.