Legacy Village of Cleveland opened its doors wide Thursday evening for a couple hundred of the community's leading citizens.It was a grand-opening celebration for the elderly-care facility on Candies …
Legacy Village of Cleveland opened its doors wide Thursday evening for a couple hundred of the community's leading citizens.
It was a grand-opening celebration for the elderly-care facility on Candies Lane, which will focus on the care of patients affected by memory loss from Alzheimer's and dementia.
Co-founders Barry Ray and Bryan Cook, who are partnering in the venture with Westmore Church of God and Pastor Kelvin Page, were hosts of the gala event and coordinated a short program.
Others on the program included newly elected Cleveland Mayor Kevin Brooks, and Dr. Lindsay Hatchcock, assistant to Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis.
Brooks' comments were his first to a public audience after Cleveland's recent swearing-in ceremony.
Cook and Ray voiced their appreciation to everyone who has been involved in the construction and opening of the new facility.
They introduced financial advisor Jay Leggett, contractor Cason Conn of Tri-Con Construction, architect Daniel Levy of Knoxville, and other staff members and leaders from the community.
Dr. John Looper provided the invocation, and Page gave a prayer of blessing at the end of the service, before a double ribbon-cutting.
"In the next 30 days, we will have some 70 people moving into this 71-apartment facility," said Cook at the opening of the evening's program. "There will be 13 husbands and wives living here."
He later commented that plans for the nonprofit facility are to expand to 90 apartment units, which may come sooner than originally anticipated.
Ray followed with a short explanation of how the original idea for the elder-care facility began some 20 years ago.
"We're humbled by what God has done here," he said.
Ray then talked about the blessings for himself, Cook, and staff in being involved with the people who will be living at Legacy Village.
Cook pointed out that such elderly-care facilities were once described as rest homes. "They'll get to rest here, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., but for the rest of the day, we'll wear them out," he said of all the activities and opportunities available for residents.
The amentities of the facility include a workout area, billiard table, shuffleboard, a "hydration bar," chapel, and several other offerings.
There is a deck around the second floor, which overlooks the scenic, former golf course property.
Chef Richard Flowers, well-known in the Cleveland community, explained that there will be a wide range of foods and special dishes available, and they will also offer 24-hour availability of snacks and treats.
Brooks said, "We're honored to be here. You've done a great job designing this facility, and this is my home church, and my home golf course."
Brooks said Legacy Village is designed for the dignity, security and qualilty of life of its residents. "That's what the city of Cleveland is trying to do," he emphasized. It's great to be here, where it feels like home."
Hatchcock say he has seen a lot of things which have made the Cleveland and Bradley County community better. He said Legacy Village fits that mold, and is a blessing, and a way to bless others.
"On behalf of our county of 108,000 residents, thank you for bringing this facility here, and we wish you much success," Hatchcock told the co-founders.
"This miracle began in 2006, although the idea originated years before," said Ray. "It's pretty cool what we do."
He added that the most important element of Legacy Village is 50 to 60 team members, adding that it is important to care for the dwindling number of the nation's "Greatest Generation."
The co-founders said that from the start, they wanted to create a senior living facility in connection with Westmore. The church was located on a small tract of land at the 25th Street and Keith Street intersection. "For 10 years we looked around for suitable property, and then we found this 103-acre golf course," they said.
In addition to the partnership of constructing Legacy Village, Westmore is constructing a new church campus on the property, a short distance south of the elderly-care facility.
Ray pointed out that it will be a multi-generation campus. Another feature is that the interior includes a number of pieces of artwork and other items from the 1950s. "It takes them (residents) back to happier years," he said. "It works, and it's remarkable."
Page closed the program by noting a need for such a facility in the community.
"God isn't finished with the elderly who will come to this facility," he said. "God still has a purpose for them. He wants to hear their praise. God has a purpose for every single being who has life in them."
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