Concordia has deep roots in the Oklahoma City community and as Oklahomans and Christians, we embrace the opportunity to help others and change lives in the greater community. Of course, as a not-for-profit 501(c)3 Oklahoma corporation, part of our responsibility is to give back to the greater Oklahoma City community by identifying and addressing unmet needs among the senior population.
Concordia’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: Retirement living provider, care givers, social coordinators, spiritual counselors, friends and family. It’s our mission to provide compassionate care for those who call Concordia home, as well as to serve seniors in the greater Oklahoma City community through three key outreach programs; a Durable Medical Equipment/Furniture Program, Mobile Meals Program, and a Wellness on Wheels Program. In addition to these outreach ministries, residents and team members give and share generously through volunteerism, collection drives, and special fundraisers.
“On July 1, 2015, I met a new client who was sleeping on a toddler bed with springs coming through the mattress. A bed suitable in size for a 2 to 3 year old but as he said “it was better than sleeping on the floor”. Because of Sunbeam’s partnership with Concordia’s DME/Furniture Program, I felt certain that in time a bed could be found in time.
I relayed Mr. Perkin’s situation to both Bryan Fitz and Paige Haag, of Concordia, knowing that if Concordia did not have a bed, perhaps they could offer others to contact.
During my home visit with Mr. Perkins, I had mentioned the possibility that a bed and perhaps other furniture might be acquired through a partnership with another agency. As with most of our ADvantage clients, he appreciated the idea but wanted to be sure that other people more “deserving” were taken care of first.
He had no living room furniture other than a side table that held medical equipment, a recliner that no longer reclined, only wobbled when sat upon, a dining chair that a gust of wind could blow on its side and, a dining room table backed into the corner with hopes it would not fall over.
I knew that the furniture had been delivered yesterday because Mr. Perkins called while anxiously waiting on the delivery drivers. In conversation with him this afternoon, he became emotional as he expressed his thanks for the best night sleep he had had in as long as he could remember. The bed had been something that another individual had thrown away and the other furnishings in his apartment had been acquired in the same manner. He now has an end table beside his bed and hopes soon to find a bedside lamp.
As his voice cracked, he said his back did not hurt when he woke up today and that even though he does not yet have the proper bedding, he used the bedding from the toddler bed and laid in the middle of the bed and had room to roll over to either side.
He was enjoying the ability to sit in his living room now that he has a sofa and coffee table. He typically sat in his power chair because that was the most stable thing he had to sit on.
Mr. Perkins asked that I say “Thank You” to the people that blessed him. The delivery drivers did not make him feel like he was a charity case and that meant so much to him.
Paige has been such a blessing to my members and as this illustrates, Bryan will be just as helpful. Thank you both for being a blessing to the community we serve! Through the generosity of Concordia’s DME/Furniture Program, you both are changing lives!
- Cyndi McWilliams, MSW, CM
ADvantage Case Manager
Sunbeam Family Services
“Wheat Ridge Ministries is a proud partner of the Wellness on Wheels program through our Burst Project Grant program. This program provides mobile wellness clinics to seniors who may not have transportation or access to health services nearby.
With Oklahoma ranked as 47th in the nation on an index of least healthy states for older adults, Concordia Life Care Community is standing in that gap to improve services. The program has expanded exponentially since it started in 2003 with 8 clinics. In 2015, they are on track to provide 50 clinics.
This program stands out as one that is clearly and measurably meeting the needs of seniors, improving their access to services and ensuring a higher quality of life.
Wheat Ridge has a special interest and commitment to projects led by young adults and we are excited to lift up the leadership and passion of Miss Megan Warn-Carter who coordinates and leads Wellness on Wheels.”
- Joanne Otte, Diaconal Minister
Director of Programs
Wheat Ridge Ministries