A church family in Wichita Falls, Texas, had a dream to provide:
- A better way of life for people 62 years of age and older
- A place of independence, security and peace of mind
- A place to enjoy friends and the fellowship of others
- A place of warmth and abounding beauty
- A place with activity and recreation to make life full and complete
That church family was First Presbyterian Church of Wichita Falls and today the reality of that dream is Presbyterian Manor. All faiths are welcome.
This unique community is the result of generous donations and countless volunteer hours and is governed by an 18 member Board of Directors who are all members of the greater Wichita Falls area. Presbyterian Manor is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization.
On a Sunday afternoon in January, 1978, almost one hundred individuals braved the wintry weather to break ground for a first-of-its-kind nonprofit retirement facility in Wichita Falls: Presbyterian Manor. [insert pic: historical photo newspaper article]
“We so often look to government to solve things,”
Dr. Herbert Shore, then president of the Texas Association of Homes for the Aged, complimented the founders for their hard work and referred to the project’s having been privately financed. “We so often look to government to solve things,” said Shore, noting that private enterprise and volunteer efforts helped make Presbyterian Manor possible.
Construction proceeded with independent living apartments in the main building and cottages; both were quickly filled to capacity. Soon after, the Perkins-Prothro Health Care Center was added because the founders felt that each resident should be “as free as possible form fear and insecurity, knowing that he has a comfortable home and will be carted for the rest of his life.” The Health Care Center provides full-care, twenty-four hour nursing for senior adults who cannot live independently.
In 2006, responding to the growing need for specialized Alzheimer’s care in the community and additional licensed nursing care rooms, the Earle W. Crawford House of Hope was added to the Presbyterian Manor continuum of care. With the opening of the House of Hope, the North Texas area experienced it first state-of-the-art facility with eventually three dedicated suites for Alzheimer’s and dementia care and two suites for licensed nursing care.
Like the independent living and healthcare building projects, the House of Hope and its extended wing, Evergreen, were made possible through private gifts from individuals, foundations, and churches who believe in the mission of providing quality care to senior adults. [insert photo Evergreen groundbreaking]
Throughout its history of almost forty years, Presbyterian Manor has stayed true to its original mission and purpose: to provide high quality care for seniors in the North Texas area.
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