Kate Klingsmith volunteers at Glory Community twice a month to engage our guys in various activities from crafts, to bowling, or simply going out to dinner. Recently, Kate helped the guys cook up some fragrant lotion that they gave their moms for Valentine’s Day. Whatever the season or whatever the activity, Kate loves to pitch in and help. The men of Scott’s Place always love it when Kate comes around. Even though it’s a couple days later, Kate Klingsmith is our Thank You Thursday Valentine!
Bud and Jeanne Frith have been with Glory Community from the beginning. Jeanne served with the Fundraising Committee through the Ladies Luncheons and the Gala until 2014. Bud served on the Board of Directors from 2005 through 2016. Together they both are committed to Scott’s Place for their Tuesday night Bible studies and teach one night a month. They love the men as much as the men love them. We are very grateful for their continued support! This Thank You Thursday goes out to Bud and Jeanne Frith!
It’s Thursday and this week we highlight a donor family who support Glory Community with a monthly gift payment. Vicky and Warren Marshall see Glory Community as just the kind of option that they would like to see for their son, Jonathan, some day. Jonathan, 23, has Down Syndrome and like most all parents who have children with a developmental disability, Vicky and Warren worry about what will happen to Jonathan when they are no longer able to care for him.
“Looking at Glory Community, a neighborhood where there will be 5 homes and 40 other adults who would be Jonathan’s friends, sounds just so great to us. And so we wanted to start supporting the Community now!” said Vicky. When asked why they chose to give on a monthly basis, Vicky said, “It’s just easier to set it up that way, we budget it and its done.”
We at Glory Community are so grateful for the Marshall family and their commitment to support us with regular monthly contributions. Thank You to Vicky, Warren and Jonathan Marshall.
Today we are thankful for Glory Community co-founder Jim Hembd. Jim and Sandy Hembd founded Glory Community in 2005 and you can read more about the history of how the vision became reality by clicking HERE.
Over the last 15 years Jim has given untold hours in the development and the administration of Glory Community without ever receiving any monetary compensation. But Jim will tell you that the rewards have come from knowing that his sons Mike and Mark and the other residents have a place that is their own–their own home called Scott’s Place.
Hour after hour, day after day, for these 15 years Jim has taken on the responsibility of the day-to-day operations of the organization. Because of Jim’s tireless efforts, Glory Community became licensed as an adult assisted living facility and chartered as a 501c3 nonprofit. Not only that, but Jim takes care of:
- Reporting on and renewing the above mentioned licenses each year
- Annual preparation and submission of the IRS form 990
- Negotiation and renewal of all contracts
- Paying of all bills and doing payroll
- Seeing that all inspections are done
- Background checks on all employees
- Budget preparation, oversight of all accounting functions, and financial reporting
- Staff recruitment, training and supervision
- Assures staff are certified in First Aid and Qualified Medication Administration Personnel (QMAP) and that all records are kept properly
- Setting agenda and chairing Board of Director meetings
- Recruitment of Board members
- Recruit and vet new residents for Glory Community
This list could go on and on.
Jim does occasionally try to sleep and he and Sandy do take the occasional trip, but his heart and mind are always circling around Glory Community. And needless to say, if it needs doing, Jim either will do it or will find just the right person to get it done. For one who says he is “retired,” Jim makes even the youngest feel like a slacker. How does he do it? “Through the power of the Holy Spirit given by Jesus!” Join us as we offer this Thursday Thank You to Jim Hembd!
Today we are beginning something we have wanted to do for some time here at Glory Community. THANK YOU THURSDAY! Each week, we will highlight someone who is associated with the life and work of Glory Community that we want to publicly thank for their contribution to our mission and work.
There is absolutely no better place to start than with one of our Founders, Sandy Hembd! Glory Community is the outgrowth of a vision of Jim and Sandy Hembd and you can read more about the vision and how it came to be in the “Our History” dropdown on the “About Us” tab of our webpage.
But more than just having a vision, getting Glory Community to where we are today has taken years of hard work. Sandy has been uniquely responsible for more than most anyone can imagine. Here is just a very partial listing of the things that Sandy has done and continues to do!
- All of the research that was required to start an assisted living facility for adults with developmental disabilities.
- Calls for information gathering, to potential families, and donors.
- Speaking to groups of all kinds all over the state of Colorado and beyond.
- Writing thank you notes.
- Giving tours to potential residents and their families.
- Creation of files for everything that is related to the organization and for each resident and potential resident.
- Creation of all PR materials including our logo and the marketing of Glory Community.
- Responsibility for all fundraising activities. To say nothing of the work that goes into the yearly Gala alone.
- Responsible for the coordination of all volunteers.
- Secretary for the Board of Directors.
Are you tired yet?
Sandy has been doing these things and many many more for over 15 years! Why? Because she loves her sons Mike and Mark and more than that, she loves Jesus and she has responded to the call to serve. Sandy does all “for the Glory of God.” Won’t you join me on this THANK YOU THURSDAY in thanking Sandy Hembd for all she continues to do for Glory Community?