Participation adds purpose to residents’ lives

Many Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor residents participate in activities with a purpose.

Memory Care neighborhood residents made bead bracelets that were sold during the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, said Jayla Jenkins, who coordinates most of their activities. The bracelets were sold for $1 each to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association.

“They’re all about doing anything for anybody else,” Jenkins said.

Throughout the campus, residents find many ways to give to those in need in the Arkansas City community. Some residents regularly bake cookies for the Five Loaves free dinners, served downtown Sundays through Thursdays. At least once a year, Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor holds a canned food drive so residents can help stock the shelves at local food pantries, and school supply drives help area children get ready for back to school time. Residents also help with scheduling appointments for American Red Cross blood drives.

Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor volunteers help with clerical work, library services, landscaping and gardening, and leading activities from coffees and to classes. They make salads and desserts for meals. Residents serve on the advisory committee and resident council, so their input can be used to improve their fellow residents’ quality of life.