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'A day on, not a day off': Westminster Shores residents touching lives through Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Project with Habitat for Humanity

January 21, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG, January 21 – A fresh coat of blue paint adorns a Habitat for Humanity home in South St. Petersburg, applied by a group of Westminster Shores residents Monday morning. It was part of Habitat’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service project, featuring six homes on one block being repainted and one additional having landscape work done, all with the support of local homeowners.

Westminster Shores is delighted to be a sponsor of this year’s MLK Day of Service, part of the community’s commitment to touching lives through service. The sponsorship helps pay for paint and supplies, with the labor donated by a variety of groups, from local companies to St. Petersburg High School. The lead grant for the project was provided by St. Petersburg College.

George Meese, a Westminster Shores resident and longtime Habitat volunteer, has built a group of fellow residents who work on houses nearly every week. “It is really, really rewarding to make a contribution to the community,” said Meese. “Today is part of a broader partnership between Habitat and the Shores.”

Today’s house-painting was done on a home owned by India Kyler, which was built by the same group of resident volunteers in 2016-2017. “This is so wonderful,” Kyler said. “They’re like a second family to me, and are doing such a wonderful job.” Kyler has lived in the home since it was built, with her three daughters.

Wielding paint brushes on one of the coldest mornings of 2019, Meese and a group of eight volunteers worked side-by-side with a group of St. Petersburg High School students to repaint the house’s faded coral stucco a cheerful shade of blue. Meese said that they had volunteered for several years on Day of Service projects, and that it was especially rewarding to return to Kyler’s home to refresh the paint, because they had helped build her home.

Habitat for Humanity says that the MLK Day of Service is an amazing opportunity to further Dr. King’s legacy. “Today isn’t our day off, it’s our day on,” said Sean King, Director of Community Relations. “We have more than 100 volunteers here today, working on beautification projects.”

In the last few years, Habitat for Humanity has built more than 20 homes in the South St. Pete area, with the support of many Westminster Shores volunteers. The Shores team even contributed to help build Habitat’s new office in the area. On Monday, King estimated that all six houses would have been completely repainted by lunchtime.

Reverend Bill Hull, a Westminster Shores resident who has been involved for several years, said that the experience of volunteering for Habitat is incredibly rewarding — and another part of keeping Westminster Shores residents active through aging, as well as with the support of the community’s volunteers program.

“It’s really an amazing experience,” Hull said. “We go to the dedication ceremonies, and meet the families who live in these homes, it really brings it all together. I went to one and I arrived early, and this little kid grabs my hand and drags me back to his room to show me, all excited: ‘I gotta show you something!’ He says, ‘This is the first bedroom I’ve ever had.’ I gave him a hug.”


Canopy Oaks at Westminster Oaks Now Open

January 11, 2019

Following a ceremonial ribbon-cutting, residents of this new neighborhood will move into the latest expansion of the community

TALLAHASSEE, September 11 – Today, Westminster Oaks officially opened its new Canopy Oaks building with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting. This new neighborhood of the Continuing Care Retirement Community features 40 spacious new apartment residences.

Westminster Oaks and its leadership are delighted to welcome their newest residents. “We are here today to welcome 59 new residents, and soon to be friends,” said Executive Director Don Wilson. “It seems like just yesterday that we started this journey, and now, we’re finishing it.”

Canopy Oaks is a new residential apartment building featuring 40 new apartment homes at the crest of a hill overlooking the campus. Each residence has a balcony or patio with beautiful views and beautifully appointed amenities and finishes. In addition, Canopy Oaks features a brand-new fitness center to serve the community, a parking garage to serve residents and employees, and a climate-controlled walkway connecting to the community’s Maguire Center for Lifelong Learning.

Westminster Oaks Resident Council Chairwoman Kathy Kaproth said that she was delighted to welcome the new residents. “The most important part of Canopy Oaks will be the new residents who move in,” Kaproth said. “You’ll have so many stories to share and lots of new experiences.”

W.O. Bell, chairman of the Northwest Regional Committee of the Board of Directors, added that he and the rest of the Board of Directors were pleased that Canopy Oaks had been completed. “This new building will continue to expand the Mission of our organization in serving seniors. We ask that we continue to be blessed at Westminster,” Bell said. “Congratulations, and welcome!”

This addition to Westminster Oaks, the capital city’s premier active senior living community, is the latest phase in enhancing the Continuing Care Retirement Community. It signals the ongoing commitment of Westminster Oaks to serve senior adults in the greater Tallahassee area, and to provide excellent choices in living options for today’s seniors. Canopy Oaks was built by Cook Brothers, Inc., of Tallahassee; designed by ELM of Jacksonville; and engineered by George & Associates Consulting Engineers of Tallahassee.

The ceremonial ribbon-cutting was performed by Canopy Oaks’ first new resident, Larry Pushor. The ceremony also featured a blessing from the Rev. Taylor Phillips, chaplain at Westminster Oaks. Lew Wilson, president of the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, also spoke in welcoming new residents to the community.

The first new residents of Canopy Oaks will move in the coming weeks.


Westminster Winter Park Breaks Ground on Construction of Second Phase at Westminster Baldwin Park

January 10, 2019

After a ceremonial turning of the shovels, construction set to begin on second phase of development, featuring 75 spacious new apartment homes

ORLANDO, January 10 — Westminster Baldwin Park’s second phase has now broken ground, following Wednesday’s ceremonial turning of the shovels. This new development will feature 75 apartment homes in Orlando’s beautiful and multi-generational Baldwin Park neighborhood, with beautifully appointed amenities and finishes. Westminster Baldwin Park is 100% reserved, with all 75 apartment homes committed to future residents within 10 weeks of the sales launch in March 2018.

The addition to Westminster Baldwin Park, a neighborhood of Westminster Winter Park, is the latest phase in enhancing the Continuing Care Retirement Community. It signals the ongoing commitment of Westminster Winter Park to serve senior adults throughout Central Florida, and to provide excellent choices in living options for today’s older adults. Westminster Baldwin Park was designed by Fugleberg Koch of Winter Park. The apartment buildings will be built by Clancey & Theys Construction Company of Orlando. Construction is expected to begin in the coming weeks.

Westminster Winter Park Executive Director Frank Tripodi offered a warm welcome to the crowd of nearly 200 future residents, current residents, Westminster Communities of Florida board members and leadership, and special guests. Tripodi said, “Today marks another day of progress and growth for Westminster Winter Park and Westminster Communities of Florida.”

Orlando City Commissioner Robert F. Stuart said, “Westminster is a class act! This organization is known for the quality of care it provides to all of its residents. I can’t tell you how honored I am to play even a small role.” Stuart added, joking, “Thank you especially to all of you who are District 3 residents and voters.”

“We are blessed to be here today,” said Roger Stevens, chief executive officer of Westminster Communities of Florida. “Westminster Communities of Florida is proud to serve more than 2,000 residents and employ nearly 450 employees in Central Florida alone, a part of our mission and ministry to older adults. We are delighted today to begin the second phase of development of Westminster Baldwin Park!”

To learn more about Westminster Baldwin Park and Westminster Winter Park, call (407) 647-4083.


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