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Menno Place celebrates 60 years

Menno Place will celebrate its 60th anniversary in March.  - Supplied photo
Menno Place will celebrate its 60th anniversary in March.
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On March 2, Menno Place, a campus of care for seniors, will mark their 60th anniversary of servicing the community with a banquet.

The non-profit organization has spent decades assisting those in need of long-term care in the Abbotsford community.

The banquet will be held at the Columbia Bible College Gym with entertainment provided by the dynamic southern gospel troupe, “Young Street Vocal Band”. It will include an opportunity to contribute to the ongoing spiritual care of the residents and their families.

Menno Place began as Menno Home on a small farm located in the current location on Marshall Road. It has grown to 11.5 acres with 6 buildings and more than 700 residents. Menno Place is located across the street from the Abbotsford Regional Hospital and is a thriving community of seniors, residents and their families.

Menno Place is not just for Mennonites. Although the non-profit organization is governed by the Mennonite Benevolent Society, the residents are from a wide variety of cultures and backgrounds. Only 22 per cent of residents in full-time care consider themselves to be “Mennonite”.

Christian care and compassion has always been a core value at Menno Place. There are two chaplains who work full-time on the campus. Not only do they ensure programming (music, chapel service, Bible studies and a 24/7 television station), they are involved in one-on-one spiritual connection with residents and their families. This care involves crisis care, ministering to those with dementia, palliative care and training for pastors.

In honor of 60 years of care – and looking forward to many more years – Menno Place has a goal to raise $100,000 to enhance spiritual care on the campus. Money raised will be allocated to renovating the chapel as well as providing support and tools for the chaplains.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at House of James, Bakerview MB Church, Emmanuel Mennonite Church or Primrose Gardens. Tickets are available online at www.mennoplace.ca or call 604-851-4007.

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