Everyday people are living extraordinary lives at Paul’s Run, Liberty’s continuing care retirement community in Northeast Philadelphia. I have the pleasure of being the Vice President/Executive Director and I see the impact that our residents have on our community. They are the reason why Paul’s Run provides a warm, welcoming home full of life and compassion.
Let me introduce you to Mary. At 73 years of age, she has the energy of someone twenty years younger. Though Mary is losing her eyesight, she’s still going strong. Most people who visit assume she works here.
Concerned about her deteriorating vision, last year Mary’s doctor suggested that a move to Personal Care might be the best fit for her. For Mary, the thought of moving was stressful and overwhelming. We were able to work out a plan so that Mary could stay in her Independent Living apartment.
When you give to Paul’s Run, you help create an environment where residents like Mary will remain in their apartments for as long as possible. Mary has the freedom, flexibility and support she needs to live life to the fullest. Mary teaches all of us that life doesn’t end just because you have a limiting disability.
Mary is active in many groups, activities and serves on our Resident’s Council. She also puts to good use her background as a sales manager. Mary organizes regular book sales to raise money for the Paul’s Run Fellowship Fund – a fund that helps residents remain at Paul’s Run when they outlive their resources.
I could share more resident stories like fashion extraordinaire Lillian. She has been at Paul’s Run less than a year and has already pulled off one of the most popular events here.
Lillian used to work at a local department store. One day, she had the brilliant idea of having a Fashion Show with Paul’s Run residents as models. She made calls to her former contacts from the department store and worked with Community Life at Paul’s Run to produce the show.
Dressed in spring apparel, 19 excited Paul’s Run residents took to the runway, sporting the latest designer fashions. Life does not stop at 80 here at Paul’s Run. Next month, Lillian and a group of residents she’s recruited to help will be showing off a fall line of clothes.