Saint Luke’s Homes Gets Set for 50th Anniversary


On June 17, 2014, Saint Luke’s Homes began year-long celebrations leading up to our 50th anniversary – that’s half a century of providing long-term care and housing for seniors in our community!

And at 101 years old, long-time resident, Annie Crewe, is very much looking forward to taking part in the festivities and fun. After two decades, Mrs. Crewe has only good things to say about her experiences at Saint Luke’s.

“I’ve been here for 20 years, and the best part of Saint Luke’s Homes is the staff; they always look after me,” says Mrs. Crewe.

For 50 years, Saint Luke’s Homes, along with Eastern Health and Anglican Homes Incorporated, has endeavoured to meet the needs of the community with support and attention. Our team works hard each and every day to ensure that our residents live with peace of mind and contentment of heart. Residents, family and staff feel proud to be part of a community that is constantly seeking to improve the lives of seniors though the continuum of care model.

Saint Luke’s administrator, Kelly Manning, does not hesitate to share her enthusiasm for this year’s events, saying, “The 50th year celebrations are particularly important because each event honours the legacy and mission of Saint Luke’s Homes. It is a privilege to be involved and I am immensely proud to be part of this extraordinary community.”

(l-r) Rev. Donna Mercer, Chaplain and Priest in Charge, St. Mary’s Church;  Most Rev. Frederick Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada; Rt. Rev. Dr. Geoffrey Peddle, Bishop of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador; Archdeacon Sandra Tilley; Hilary Lewis, Eucharistic Assistant, St. Luke’s Home; Bruce Tilley, Councillor, City of St. John’s; Ms. Kate Moffatt, Executive Director, Program Delivery and Policy, Research and Monitoring, Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation; Dr. Robert Sexty, Board Member of Anglican Homes Inc. (at microphone)

(l-r) Rev. Donna Mercer, Chaplain and Priest in Charge, St. Mary’s Church; Most Rev. Frederick Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada; Rt. Rev. Dr. Geoffrey Peddle, Bishop of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador; Archdeacon Sandra Tilley; Hilary Lewis, Eucharistic Assistant, St. Luke’s Home; Bruce Tilley, Councillor, City of St. John’s; Ms. Kate Moffatt, Executive Director, Program Delivery and Policy, Research and Monitoring, Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation; Dr. Robert Sexty, Board Member of Anglican Homes Inc. (at microphone)

About 500 people in total participated in the June 17th “kick-off” ceremonies in St. John’s, which included a:

  • special meet and greet hosted by the tenants of Bishop Meaden Manor independent living apartments;
  • private Eucharistic service in Saint Luke’s Chapel for residents and their families; and
  • community Eucharistic service held with St. Mary’s Church on Craigmillar Avenue.

We were thrilled and honoured to be joined for these special events by the Most Reverend Fredrick James Hiltz, the Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, as well as the Right Reverend Dr. Geoff Peddle, the Bishop of the Diocese of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador.

You could clearly see the excitement of guests and participants throughout the events and comments following both church services were heartfelt and inspiring. In fact, the Primate expressed how impressed and moved he was by the continued commitment of our community to caring for seniors and providing safe and affordable housing.

Certainly, a highlight of the day was the sod-turning ceremony for construction of the next phase of our supportive housing project on Old Topsail Road, St. John’s.

Bishop Peddle turns to sod for the new supportive living project.

Bishop Peddle turns the sod for the new supportive living project.

This supportive living project will provide safe and affordable housing to seniors in the community. The new building will consist of 24, one and two bedroom apartments and has been made possible through the support of the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation, the City of St. John’s and the Royal Bank of Canada.

Administrator, Kelly Manning, says the new facility is the culmination of years of hard work and planning and is an investment in the future.

“At Saint Luke’s, we pride ourselves on the provision of safe and high quality service, she says. “The new supportive living project is a testament to Saint Luke’s commitment to providing affordable housing to seniors.”

It’s this type of hard-work and commitment by Saint Luke’s residents, family, volunteers and staff that helped make all of the day’s events a tremendous success. Staff, in particular, have been making a significant effort to ensure our residents and tenants are involved and engaged in the planning and preparation of recent events as well as those to come throughout the year.

The opening day celebrations were just the start of our journey for this upcoming year. We have events planned each month and we look forward to marking this milestone with our friends, family and community all year long.

If you would like to join us for upcoming celebrations, please call (709) 752-8900 or visit our website for a calendar of upcoming events: www.saintlukeshomes.com.

This story was written by Sheila Williams, a music therapist at Saint Luke’s Homes in St. John’s.

 

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