Concordia’s Wellness on Wheels Program has been named an Honoree for the prestigious Journal Record Beacon Award in the Nonprofits Serving Nonprofits category. This outreach ministry provides free wellness clinics to churches and nonprofits, and serves low-income seniors at OK City Housing Authority communities to address unmet needs throughout OKC. To schedule a free wellness clinic for your congregation or seniors group, please call Paige at (405) 219-2927. Complete story here; http://journalrecord.com/beacon/
Concordia Life Care Community Wins at 2019 LeadingAge Oklahoma Awards
Concordia takes home community outreach award, employee given Outstanding Employee for Direct Care of the Year award
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Concordia Life Care Community, a nonprofit senior living community in northwest Oklahoma City, was recognized at the Annual LeadingAge Oklahoma award ceremony which was held at the Oklahoma History Center on March 12. LeadingAge Oklahoma's annual awards honor member organizations and individuals that embody excellence in nonprofit senior services.
Concordia won for Excellence in Community Service and Outreach, which honors organizations or individuals who provide a benefit to the greater community and its residents through outreach. Concordia was recognized for their partnership with the Oklahoma City Housing Authority (OCHA) where they provide complimentary wellness clinics to three of ten OCHA senior housing communities, as well as activities such as bingo, trivia, crafts, photo booths and a lively production of The Price is Right at two OCHA communities. Concordia outreach nurses provide services like blood pressure and sugar checks and educational materials on a variety of health issues. To meet further needs of OCHA, Concordia residents and staff also assemble gift bags during the holidays to deliver to nearly 300 OCHA residents.
Juanita Morales took home an Outstanding Employee Award in the direct care category, recognizing individuals who serve as models of commitment to compassionate care. Morales has worked at Concordia for almost two years and was nominated for her positive impact on residents and their family members.
“Our senior community’s residents, board and team members see social responsibility as much more than just a corporate obligation. We see it as part of the fabric of our culture and something that makes us who we are,” said Danny Eischen, Executive Director at Concordia. “We are honored to be recognized alongside Juanita for her work in direct care and believe these achievements further iterate Concordia's commitment to our community and our residents."
LeadingAge Oklahoma represents an association of members who are forward-thinking in shaping the future of the long-term care profession. The organization aims to recognize the work members do to design new programs for wellness, personal enrichment and intergenerational connections.
“The LeadingAge Oklahoma Annual Conference Awards recognize recipients who make outstanding contributions to our field and represent models of leadership, quality and innovation,” said Mary Brinkley, Executive Director of LeadingAge Oklahoma. “We are thrilled to recognize Concordia Life Care Community and Juanita Morales for their outstanding achievement in social accountability and caregiving."
Concordia is a Life Care community where one can live independently, and be guaranteed access to assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing or long-term care should the need ever arise. Here, residents embrace life, stay fit, grow intellectually and engage in meaningful activities. Concordia is a nonprofit organization committed to upholding Christian values by serving the community through programs including free Wellness on Wheels clinics, its DME/furniture donation program, Mobile Meals and more.
Concordia, a faith-based nonprofit senior care community located in Oklahoma City, won big at the annual LeadingAge Oklahoma awards ceremony. The ceremony took place on March 12 at the Oklahoma History Center, and Concordia employee, Juanita Morales won Outstand Employee of the Year for the direct care category. Concordia also won for Excellence in Community Service and Outreach for their work with the Oklahoma City Housing Authority. Photos of the winners can be downloaded here and names and captions can be found below. I’ve also attached a release with additional details. Thank you for your time!
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Photo 1: LeadingAge Oklahoma President-elect Don Blouse, Juanita Morales, LeadingAge past President Steve Thomas
Photo 2: Don Blouse, Jana Magbee, Mary Lou McInturff, Cyndy Watson, Vivian Bingham, George Reese, and Steve Thomas
Senior Living Resident Publishes a Book about Living Life to the Fullest
Concordia Life Care Community resident, Dr. Tom Barnard
at his recent book signing for his devotional book, "Don’t Die Above the Ears"
OKLAHOMA CITY--Concordia Life Care Community, a non-profit Lutheran senior living community based in Oklahoma City, hosted a book signing for a resident. Resident Dr. Tom Barnard. Barnard recently published a devotional book entitled Don’t Die Above the Ears about staying vivacious, sharp and faithful, no matter your age.
“Tom is a great example of what it means to live a vibrant, faithful life,” said Concordia Executive Director, Danny Eischen. “We were pleased to host his book signing and always work to encourage Tom, and our other residents to continue pursuing their passions and using their talents.”
As a member of America’s greatest generation, Barnard believes that no matter how old you are, pursuing your passion is worthy work. Before retiring, Barnard was a college teacher, administrator and minister. He holds degrees from several public and private universities, and in 1989 he participated in post-doctoral work at Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management. Tom remains engaged and active with followers on social media where he posts daily prayers and newsletters to his followers and friends.
Concordia Life Care Community, has a resident who’s recently published a faith-based devotional book. Dr. Tom Barnard’s devotional book is called Don’t Die Above the Ears and is about staying vivacious, sharp, and faithful, no matter your age. As a member of America’s greatest generation, Dr. Barnard believes that no matter how old you are, pursuing your passion is worthy work.
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About Concordia Life Care Community
Set on about 15 acres in Oklahoma City, Concordia is a Life Care community where one can live independently, and be guaranteed access to assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing or long-term care should the need ever arise. Here, residents embrace life, stay fit, enjoy chef-prepared cuisine, grow intellectually and engage in meaningful activities. Concordia is a nonprofit organization committed to upholding Christian values by serving the community through programs including free Wellness on Wheels clinics, its DME/furniture donation program and mobile meals and more.
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