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A “Ground-Breaking” Opportunity for Spiritual Growth

Posted on October 18, 2007 in In The News

The proposed chapel at Mount Pleasant Retirement Village will not only serve its residents as a spiritual gathering place, but it will also benefit the greater Monroe/Middletown community as well.

The Chapel at Mount Pleasant, funded entirely through private donations from Mount Pleasant residents and the community-at-large, will be completed in June of 2008. The chapel is expected to be a multipurpose venue – a convenient location for community-wide events and performances.

To celebrate the retirement community’s “spiritual growth,” residents, volunteers and staff today joined area clergy and local leaders for a groundbreaking ceremony on Mount Pleasant’s campus at 225 Britton Lane.

Executive Director Stan Kappers said that the chapel will further Mount Pleasant’s mission to provide older adults with caring and quality services toward the enhancement of physical, mental and spiritual well-being consistent with the Christian Gospel.

“We believe the chapel project will be a true blessing for our residents,” Kappers said. “Additionally, the new chapel will give those from the greater Monroe/Middletown community better access to Mount Pleasant programs and services.”

“Today is a wonderful celebration and an expression of gratitude to donors, volunteers, community leaders and local clergy -- all of whom have contributed greatly to making this project possible,” said Sue Welty, Vice President, Gift Planning for the Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services (OPRS) Foundation.

Mount Pleasant Resident and Campaign Leadership Chair Ted Karchner also commended donors for their support of the chapel. “The generosity of donors has allowed Mount Pleasant to move forward with construction of the chapel. Projects like the chapel provide the best quality of life for residents, including our wonderful spiritual life program that offers peace of mind for all of us who call Mount Pleasant home.”

Karchner also paid tribute to the chapel campaign’s Tri-Honorary Chairs – Verla McClure, the late Marian Snook, and the late Rosemary Vordenberg. Karchner said the three women, all Mount Pleasant residents, were natural choices to lead the effort given their long history of giving, volunteering, and personal and professional accomplishments.

“Today, Verla, Stan, Sue and I pay tribute to Marian and Rosemary. Although we miss them, their legacy of giving will benefit Mount Pleasant residents for many years to come,” Karchner said.

As part of Mount Pleasant’s mission, spiritual programming helps individuals and families draw upon their religious traditions, faith convictions or sense of purpose to help them face issues of aging. All faiths are welcome at Mount Pleasant.

Mount Pleasant is one of 11 retirement communities owned and operated by 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 11 adult day centers and offers Senior Independence services to nearly 50,000 older adults in 38 Ohio counties. The OPRS Foundation raises several million dollars annually to support charity care, special programs, capital expansion and endowment.