When my application was approved for residency at my LifeSpire community, I was thrilled that I had qualified financially. I am single and worked all my life on a church salary, so I didn’t make a lot of money. But I had enough for the entry fee and the monthly fees, so thought I was set for life.
I’ve loved living here and have made so many friends. People are so caring and supportive of each other. I took care of my own parents during their last years, but I don’t have children on whom I can count for support, so living here is my lifeline. I know I will be cared for no matter what happens.
Over the past couple of years, I’ve carefully watched my finances, making sure that every dollar I spent was wise and necessary. But I became concerned that I would not have enough money – monthly income and savings – to stay in my LifeSpire home in the future. So, with some trepidation, I approached the Executive Director with my concerns.
He could not have been more gracious or respectful. He knows that I haven’t spent needlessly and he didn’t hesitate to let me know that the benevolent mission may be able to help me. I gave him the financial data that he requested, and after a short time, he gave me the good news that the Benevolent Fund could indeed provide me with a monthly subsidy.
As I thought about my relief at knowing that I won’t have to leave my home and friends, I was reminded that I had always tithed to my church during all of the years that I worked there. My church also supported Virginia Baptist Homes (now LifeSpire) so I knew that my tithe helped other residents over the years. While I never thought that I would be a recipient of benevolent care, I feel so grateful that people just like me care enough about others to give what they can to help. I can now live with peace of mind and dignity.
A LifeSpire resident