After serving twelve years on the Board of Directors of the Lenbrook Square Foundation, including two years as Chairman (2013 – 2015), John Day stepped down earlier this summer.
When I moved to Lenbrook in 2013, I had been gardening all my life. I inherited my mother’s love for creating beauty and grew flowers and plants wherever I lived throughout Great Britain – Bristol, Scotland, and later the Cotswolds - and then I brought my passion to Atlanta, where my husband and I and our two sons moved in 1986, supposedly just for three years. I loved our house in Druid Hills with its generous 1.5-acre garden where I expanded my gardening skills to adapt to Georgia’s hot weather and red clay, and I also built a mountain garden at our home at Lake Burton.
I'm thrilled that Lenbrook has officially kicked off its partnership with Second Helpings Atlanta (SHA), an Atlanta-based nonprofit food rescue organization!
Since April 24th, we are donating surplus fresh, perishable food from Lenbrook’s five different dining venues on a weekly basis – food items that otherwise would have ended up in a landfill are now be used to reduce hunger right here in our community. Lenbrook donated 1,262 pounds of food in May, enough to provide 1,052 nutritious meals to those in need and1,577 pounds so far during 2019.
Every month, Lenbrook hosts Mentor Me Monday, open to our 250+ Associates, and we were delighted when Mrs. Fran Fowler, a resident at Lenbrook, spoke to our group.
The Lenbrook Way: that’s what we call our unique service standards of resident service and hospitality. At Lenbrook, we appreciate that outstanding resident satisfaction is dependent on having associates who are caring, competent, and responsive, and we use the RITE Reward program to reward associates for demonstrating exemplary service and values: Respect, Integrity, Teamwork and Excellence.
A year ago, I would not have said this, but what I tell my friends and family now about moving to Lenbrook is: “This is just so right for us!”
It was very hard for me to move from our Sea Island home of 18 years. Reid, my husband of more than 60 years and I left our whole life behind: our bright and airy home, our friends, our church, our doctors. I felt that I had to start all over again, rebuilding our life. I must say that I had to dip into a reservoir of strength and courage to make the move.
I joined Lenbrook in 2009, just as the community wrapped up a major expansion that doubled our size and marked 25 years of service. Here we are today, celebrating our 35th anniversary and getting ready to embark on another expansion – one that will enable us to continue to offer Atlanta’s best opportunity to live life to its fullest for both current and future residents.
Celebrating Achievements in Style
Michael Halpern co-founded the nonprofit inner-city mentoring program YES!Atlanta in 1988 and helped lead the organization for more than 27 years. He will be honored by LeadingAge Georgia at its annual Positive Aging Icon Award ceremony on November 18 at the Atlanta History Center.