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Lisa Mumford Lisa Mumford, director of children and youth services at Juliette Fowler Communities, will be honored with the George Washington Medal of Honor, a national award presented by The Dallas Area Chapter of Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge

Lisa Mumford, director of children and youth services at Juliette Fowler Communities, will be honored with the George Washington Medal of Honor, a national award presented by The Dallas Area Chapter of Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, on November 10, at the Museum of Biblical Arts in Dallas.

Over 57,000 citizens from Maine to Hawaii have been honored for their efforts to make America a better place since 1949, when General Dwight D. Eisenhower presented 200 recipients with the first Freedoms Foundation National Awards. The words and deeds of the honorees reflect the best of the American spirit of volunteerism by offering constructive solutions to contemporary problems. There are seven categories for Freedoms Foundation’s National Awards.

Mumford, selected by the national awards committee in the community (adult and youth) category, has served at Juliette Fowler Communities (JFC) – an intergenerational community of residents at various life stages – for eight years.  She provides oversight and direction of JFC’s children and youth services, including foster and adoption programs as well as The Ebby House and The Youth Support Center. She also oversees Fowler’s newest program, Grandparents as Parents, and leads the intergenerational taskforce.

“It’s such an honor to be a recipient of this year’s George Washington Medal of Honor, presented by the Dallas Chapter of Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge,” said Lisa Mumford. “Serving the children and youth of our community through The Ebby House and the Youth Support Center at Juliette Fowler Communities is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The work is a fulfilling and meaningful part of my life – both personally and professionally. To join the ranks of many Dallas community members previously honored shows I am in the company of good people doing good work. Being recognized with this award motivates me to continue this special work.”

Mumford assisted with the startup of JFC’s Ebby House, a transitional living program for young women experiencing or at risk of homelessness due to abuse, neglect, abandonment, and aging out of the foster care system. During her eight years as program director, Ebby House has provided transformational services to more than 75 young women. Two years ago, Mumford also became director of JFC’s Youth Support Center, designed to provide non-residential, wraparound services for children and youth, ages 12-24, who are vulnerable to harm, including being sexually trafficked. 

“Lisa is most deserving of this honor for her many years of commitment to this vital programming at Juliette Fowler Communities,” said Nicole Gann, president and CEO, JFC. “Without question, she goes above and beyond the call of duty each day, ensuring that our youth receive the care and assistance they need to feel safe and loved while equipping them with the tools they need to go forward with success in society. She is an absolute blessing to all who know her.  On behalf of our entire team, we wish her our heartiest congratulations on this well-deserved honor!”

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Juliette Fowler Communities is a unique faith-based, intergenerational community of residents at various life-stages. Located on 20 picturesque acres, Juliette Fowler Communities provides independent and assisted living, a Five-Star Quality Rated skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, memory care and affordable senior housing.  As the only certified I’m Still Here® Center for Excellence in Dementia Care in North Texas and one of only two in Texas, Fowler’s program employs evidence-based techniques to adapt experiences to an individual’s cognitive abilities and strengths. It has also been named a Great Place to Work in the Aging Services Industry in 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021. Children and youth services at Fowler include foster and adoption services, a residential program for women ages 18-24 at risk for homelessness due to neglect, abuse, and aging out of the foster care system, and the Youth Support Center – a one-stop location to help Dallas youth, both boys and girls ages 12-24, escape or avoid human trafficking and exploitation. Visit fowlercommunities.org or call 214.827.0813.  

Freedoms Foundation, founded in 1949, is a national, non-profit, non-partisan, non-sectarian organization that educates about American rights and responsibilities, honors acts of civic virtue, and challenges all to serve a cause greater than themselves. The 75-acre campus adjoins Valley Forge National Historical Park and houses dormitories for student and teacher participants, teaching facilities, and a unique 42-acre grove honoring all recipients of the Medal of Honor. https://www.freedomsfoundation.org

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130th Anniversary Kickoff Celebration Katie Pedigo, event hostess and public relations for Ebby House, JFC; Ann McKinley, chief advancement officer, JFC; Nicole Gann, president and CEO, JFC; Natalie Morin, chair, One Heart Society, JFC

Over 70 Juliette Fowler Communities (JFC) board members, residents, volunteers, and supporters gathered at the University Park home of Katie and Bret Pedigo to kick off the 130th Anniversary Celebration of JFC, an intergenerational community of residents at various life-stages, located on 20 picturesque acres in East Dallas and the fourth oldest nonprofit in Dallas. The event was organized by JFC’s One Heart Society, a membership group that supports the nonprofit’s mission through volunteerism, community awareness and fundraising.

Nicole Gann, president and CEO of JFC, welcomed guests to this milestone birthday party for Fowler and thanked One Heart Society, whom she referred to as the “hands and feet” of Fowler for their ongoing support as volunteers and donors. Through philanthropic efforts, The One Heart Fund provides $1.1 million in benevolent care and services supporting both older adults and youth programs. Gann recognized the group’s chair, Natalie Morin, as well as her husband, Mike Morin, for their commitment to JFC and then began highlighting JFC’s plans for the anniversary year.

“Juliette Fowler Communities has an exciting fall planned in our 130th year with a monumental grand opening happening on our campus in November,” said Nicole Gann, president and CEO, JFC. “The Peak, a $24 million, 144-unit, affordable housing development with supportive services for the ‘forgotten-middle’ seniors – those who are unable to pay market rate for apartments and do not qualify for low-income housing – will address a looming national crisis for this population, expected to double on a national level by 2029. In a city like Dallas, pricing for housing and rent have been escalating and gentrification is forcing seniors who have lived in areas for 40 or 50 years to move. We know that seniors want to stay in their communities, and we have had 400 interested applicants for our 144 units and have already pre-leased two of the available income levels. This will be the largest building on our campus and the first of its kind living community in the Dallas area!”

JFC team members are planning an invitation-only grand opening event in November to thank friends and supporters of JFC and The Peak, including a picnic basket lunch and remarks from special guests as well as tours. In line with the nonprofit’s 130th anniversary, the picnic basket lunch represents a tradition of such gatherings and special occasions in the early days, including the opening of Fowler’s first building in 1892.

Gann also highlighted the upcoming North Texas Giving Day and the tremendous need the nonprofit has for a new bus to provide critical transportation for its residents. For this reason, a “Get on the Bus and Give” Campaign is in full swing with a $50,000 matching gift.

“Our residents depend on us for transportation to doctors’ appointments as well as for grocery store runs and other occasions, so it is our hope to raise all monies needed to purchase a $100,000,

14-passenger bus,” added Gann. “We hope the community will ‘Get on the Bus and Give’ to support this important fundraising effort.”

“An additional focus during our 130th year is our continued work in the area of dementia care,” added Gann. “We know that approximately 5.5 million are living in the United States with cognitive impairment, and JFC is helping to foster Dementia Friendly Dallas, a movement for a more compassionate city. Within the vision of Dementia Friendly America, we are stepping into a more engaged community for individuals living with dementia and those who care for them. We are expanding what we do and looking at strategic partnerships that can make an impact for the greater community.”

Gann continued with additional thanks to the One Heart Society by highlighting the group’s help with a variety of supportive services for residents.

“We had some residents come to us with concerns about some other residents they noticed had been skipping meals or not utilizing the grocery runs,” said Gann. “Fowler has started a new benevolent fund called Friends Helping Friends, a true grassroots effort now subsidizing food needs at $70,000 a year! Additionally, One Heart Society’s volunteer and fundraising efforts also benefit the youth on our campus. For the young women who reside with us, life is not easy, and they need basic life skills and healing. Additionally, JFC supports youth who have been or could possibly become victims of sex trafficking. The One Heart Fund nourishes their souls and provides healing through supportive services, providing hope.”

“Without question, this is a historic year for Juliette Fowler Communities,” added Gann. “With the opening of The Peak, JFC continues the tradition of its founder, Juliette Peak Fowler – Dallas’s first philanthropist – by seeking innovative solutions for problems in the community. We have also upheld Juliette’s original mission of caring for widows and orphans 130 years ago by adapting it to a modern-day version of caring for seniors through all levels of care as well as children and youth. We care for children through foster and adoption services; youth working to escape or avoid human trafficking or exploitation; and young women at risk for homelessness due to neglect, abuse, or aging out of the foster care system.”

Gann concluded, “We know that we would not be celebrating 130 years without so many people consistently coming together with servants’ hearts. We invite the community to learn more about our history, mission, and programs or join our One Heart Society as we strive to make an impact not only by helping all age groups thrive and age successfully, but also by bringing serious community issues to light.”

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Juliette Fowler Communities is a unique faith-based, intergenerational community of residents at various life-stages. Located on 20 picturesque acres, Juliette Fowler Communities provides independent and assisted living, a Five-Star Quality Rated skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, memory care and affordable senior housing. As the only certified I’m Still Here® Center for Excellence in Dementia Care in Dallas and one of only three in Texas, Fowler’s program employs evidence-based techniques to adapt experiences to an individual’s cognitive abilities and strengths. It has also been named a Great Place to Work in the Aging Services Industry in 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022. Additionally, on the grounds is The Ebby House, a residence for young women, ages 18-24, at risk for homelessness due to neglect, abuse, and aging out of the foster care system. The Ebby House program instills life skills and provides mentoring, health care, education, career guidance and job training. Additional services of Juliette Fowler Communities include foster and adoption services. Visit fowlercommunities.org or call 214.827.0813. 

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Halloween Crochet Hat - 1st Place By Liz Brogdon who received first place in the Soft Crafts: Textile category

Four residents from Juliette Fowler Communities were honored with top awards on August 13 in Austin, Texas, at the 32nd Annual ArtsInspire contest, organized by the nonprofit LeadingAge Texas. First place honors were given to: Merry Fuhrer in the Drawing category for “Dominoes Night;” Gusteen Trimble for her piece, titled “Study in Grey,” in the Majestic Arts category; and Liz Brogdon in the Soft Crafts: Textile category for her “Halloween Crochet Hat.” Joy Pendleton was honored with second place in the Soft Crafts Decorative category for “Needle Point.”

LeadingAge Texas receives over 200 entries from seniors over the age of 62 each year for the ArtsInspire annual competition, showcasing ageless creativity and talents for Texans from nonprofit aging services communities across the state. The works of art are judged by university professors, artists and authors. Three of the winners from Juliette Fowler Communities traveled to Austin for the awards ceremony held at Westminster, a senior living home.

When asked about their award-winning art pieces, the JFC residents shared their connections to their work.

Merry Fuhrer describes herself as a late bloomer artist who loves to draw. “My drawing called ‘Dominoes Night’ is a portrait of some friends of mine at Juliette Fowler Communities that I genuinely love. They like to play dominoes in the common area of our residence, and they let me draw them while they play. I try to capture the action in various moments through their gestures and body language.”

“My piece, titled ‘Study in Grey,’ represents my journey through the healing process after I had been diagnosed with colon cancer,” said Gusteen Trimble. Trimble has three daughters, eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren who are the lights of her life.

Liz Brogdon first began crocheting as a teenager with her mother on small projects. “I would continue to challenge myself on more difficult projects.” Brogdon’s piece, ‘Halloween Crochet Hat,’ is one of many crocheted items she has made for her three beloved grandchildren.

Joy Pendleton put much thought and planning into her piece, titled ‘Needle Point,’ representing her family tree. “Blue names are males, red are females, and flowers represent siblings. The tree represents our family and the names in green are still living. I have always loved to express creativity through needlepoint,” said Pendleton.

“We are so proud of our residents and their accomplishments, and are blessed with so many talented artists, writers, and musicians who are residents at Juliette Fowler Communities,” said Nicole Gann. “We encourage art among all residents whether a lifelong passion or a new hobby. Art inspires creativity and brings joy and fulfillment while serving as a conduit to meaningful moments across all levels of care. As an I’m Still Here® Center for Excellence in Dementia Care, we also know that art and music are important ways to connect with those living with Alzheimer’s and related dementias as these types of abilities do not diminish with time.”

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Juliette Fowler Communities is a unique faith-based, intergenerational community of residents at various life-stages.  Located on 20 picturesque acres, Juliette Fowler Communities provides independent and assisted living, a Five-Star Quality Rated skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, memory care and affordable senior housing.  As the only certified I’m Still Here® Center for Excellence in Dementia Care in North Texas and one of only two in Texas, Fowler’s program employs evidence-based techniques to adapt experiences to an individual’s cognitive abilities and strengths. It has also been named a Great Place to Work in the Aging Services Industry in 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021. Children, youth, and family services at Fowler include foster and adoption services, a residential program for women ages 18-24 at risk for homelessness due to neglect, abuse, and aging out of the foster care system, and a new Youth Support Center – a one-stop location to help Dallas youth, both boys and girls ages 12-24, escape or avoid human trafficking and exploitation. Visit fowlercommunities.org or call 214.827.0813.  

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Deloitte's 22nd Annual Community Impact Day at JFC at Juliette Fowler Communities - 144 Deloitte employees participated

The residents and staff of Juliette Fowler Communities are overjoyed and beyond grateful for the hardworking crew of 144 employees from Deloitte who spent eight hours volunteering for the firm’s 22nd Annual Community Impact Day at Fowler Communities on June 10. Deloitte, a global provider of audit, advisory, tax, and consulting services, not only provided volunteers to work at Juliette Fowler Communities but also donated $9,000 to cover the supplies and expenses necessary to complete the designated projects, culminating with a party complete with a petting zoo and musical entertainment for residents to enjoy. Throughout the day, Deloitte volunteers planted over 1,400 flowers and plants, spread more than 300 bags of mulch, and served 350 residents with more than 50 projects and activities.

In the Dallas area, Deloitte employees volunteered at 18 different nonprofit sites on the firm’s Community Impact Day – a nationwide program. Juliette Fowler Communities, a unique faith-based, intergenerational community of residents at various life-stages, is its largest volunteer site.

“This year we had 144 employees – one of our highest turnouts – for our 22nd year of working at Juliette Fowler Communities,” said Nolen Cornett, senior manager, risk and financial advisory, Deloitte & Touche LLP. “Impact Day has been one of my favorite days each year since I started at Deloitte. I am both proud and happy to work for an organization willing to coordinate with nonprofits to take a full day off to volunteer and make an impact at projects across the nation. Juliette Fowler employees and volunteers put forth so much effort to organize this special day. Without question, our outside beautification projects along with our interactions with the wonderful residents make everyone walk away with smiles on their faces. We are looking forward to working together for many years to come.”

Some of the day’s projects including weeding, planting, and mulching over 36 flower beds; removing outdated flower bed edging; re-staining teak wood outdoor furniture throughout campus; cleaning windows and outdoor furniture; constructing newly purchased pool furniture and an outdoor drinks cooler

Resident projects; joining residents for conversation and coffee during breakfast; door-to-door activities for bed-bound patients including bingo, coloring, reading devotionals, puzzles, and singing; conducting senior exercises; helping assisted living residents organize their apartments; providing senior IT sessions to assist with phones, computers, and emails; crafts; Luau-themed bingo; mattress flipping; board games; art projects; baking and nail painting.

“Because Deloitte is still working remotely, Impact Day had the additional benefit of fellowship for our team, some of whom had never met another Deloitte employee!” added Cornett. “It also served as a wonderful recruitment tool as a large group of our summer interns also participated.”

“There are no words to express what this day means to us each year at Juliette Fowler Communities,” said Nicole Gann, president and CEO, Juliette Fowler Communities. “We could not do all of this without them. We are reminded of Deloitte’s amazing employees every day as we walk past the many gardens that they planted for our residents and staff to enjoy. One of our residents commented that Deloitte volunteers were everywhere. She said, “One moment, I looked outside, and volunteers were waving back at me while washing my windows! Glorious!’ Everyone was touched by these spirited and dedicated volunteers.”

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Juliette Fowler Communities is a unique faith-based, intergenerational community of residents at various life-stages.  Located on 20 picturesque acres, Juliette Fowler Communities provides independent and assisted living, a Five-Star Quality Rated skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, memory care and affordable senior housing.  As the only certified I’m Still Here® Center for Excellence in Dementia Care in North Texas and one of only two in Texas, Fowler’s program employs evidence-based techniques to adapt experiences to an individual’s cognitive abilities and strengths. It has also been named a Great Place to Work in the Aging Services Industry in 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021. Children, youth, and family services at Fowler include foster and adoption services, a residential program for women ages 18-24 at risk for homelessness due to neglect, abuse, and aging out of the foster care system, and a new Youth Support Center – a one-stop location to help Dallas youth, both boys and girls ages 12-24, escape or avoid human trafficking and exploitation. Visit fowlercommunities.org or call 214.827.0813.  

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Junior League of Dallas Volunteers Pictured are Renick Hall, Presleigh Watson, Jill Benoit, Caroline Hardin, Allison Gaughan, Tommie Ethington at the Artful Awakenings Art Show. Volunteer Kari Harris was unable to attend.

Seven members of the Junior League of Dallas have spent each Tuesday night for the past year at Juliette Fowler Communities in East Dallas, where they served as art teachers engaging with residents with dementia and helping them create different themed pieces each week – a powerful way for those with memory loss to express themselves when they cannot find their words. The Artful Awakenings program was created by a Junior League of Dallas member in collaboration with Juliette Fowler Communities in 2017, and it remains a beloved program for the residents. While the activity is art, the purpose is meaningful engagement. Art is the backdrop for conversation and storytelling. The volunteers learned that each resident has purpose, and they simply served as the “tool to help them find it.

The volunteers shared that while many arrive to class with anxiety, they are joyful by the end of class. Each class triggers fond memories and fun conversation, and the residents support each other and thrive on the socialization – something that many withdraw from when memory fades.

This year’s art classes were led by JLD Project Chair Allison Gaughan, who is also a middle school art teacher who immediately understood the importance of this project as her grandmother had Alzheimer’s. In addition to Gaughan, the group included Jill Benoit, Tommie Ethington, Renick Hall, Caroline Hardin, Kari Harris, and Presleigh Watson.

Each year, the Junior League volunteers put together an Art Show of their students’ work from throughout the year at Juliette Fowler Communities. This year’s show was April 9. All artists, their families, and residents of Juliette Fowler Communities as well as the public were invited. Works of art, grouped by themes and seasons, included spring flowers, fall leaves, hand turkeys, and New Year’s fireworks. Because of the pandemic, this year’s show included 80 pieces of art from over a three-year period. An overview of the artists’ personal experiences while creating the work were included within each piece of framed art. These experiences are documented by the volunteers at the end of each art class.

For example,

As Rae Ann painted bluebonnets, she repeated how good it was to be alive and how beautiful and talented her children are.

While creating a piece with trees and applique leaves, Dorothy read out her family tree as far back as her grandparents and said she missed her sisters.

As Flo created her piece, she recalled summers lifeguarding and swimming, while her fellow classmate Gloria complimented her work talking about the beautiful fall colors of autumn.

While creating her piece, Dena spoke about her garden and how the bright colors reminded her of the petunias she planted each year.

JLD Volunteer Caroline Hardin stated, “Even if I hold their hands with a paint brush in it, they still see they are accomplishing something and creating something, and it is something very different from the rest of their day.”

“Artful Awakenings is a conduit to meaningful moments, supporting all that Fowler Communities has learned as an I’m Still Here® Center for Excellence –Fowler is the only certified I’m Still Here® Center for Excellence in Dementia Care in North Texas and one of only two in Texas,” said Nicole Gann, president and CEO, Juliette Fowler Communities.  “Our I’m Still Here® engagement-focused program connects with those living with Alzheimer’s and related dementias through abilities that do not diminish with time. The amazing volunteers from Junior League of Dallas are enhancing the lives of our residents living with dementia, bringing them joy and fulfillment.”

Families attending the art show enjoyed seeing the art created by their loved ones. Dora Garzon and her son Samuel enjoyed the show with Dora’s father Jose, who was all smiles. She commented, “Seeing the art pieces and reading the accompanying comments really touched my heart. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to see our loved ones in such a beautiful way.” 

Juliette Fowler Communities is a unique faith-based, intergenerational community of residents at various life-stages.  Located on 20 picturesque acres, Juliette Fowler Communities provides independent and assisted living, a Five-Star Quality Rated skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, memory care and affordable senior housing.  As the only certified I’m Still Here® Center for Excellence in Dementia Care in Dallas and one of only three in Texas, Fowler’s program employs evidence-based techniques to adapt experiences to an individual’s cognitive abilities and strengths. It has also been named a Great Place to Work in the Aging Services Industry in 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021. Children, youth, and family services at Fowler include foster and adoption services, a residential program for women ages 18-24 at risk for homelessness due to neglect, abuse, and aging out of the foster care system, and a new Youth Support Center – a one-stop location to help Dallas youth, both boys and girls ages 12-24, escape or avoid sex trafficking and exploitation. Visit fowlercommunities.org or call 214.827.0813.  

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Visionary Women Luncheon JFC President and CEO Nicole Gann; Leeza Gibbons; Luncheon Chair Michelle Feavel

From Momisms to “Dancing with the Stars,” Gibbons captivated attendees with personal stories, her journey with her mom’s Alzheimer’s, and the importance of fierce optimism and resilience

National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and National Caregivers Month were recognized in a grand way on November 18 at the Juliette Fowler Communities Visionary Women Luncheon at the Omni Dallas Hotel. The annual luncheon, which featured Leeza Gibbons and the Visionary Women Award recipient AWARE, was originally scheduled for May of 2020 but postponed due to the pandemic. Without question, it was worth the wait for those in attendance.

A sea of purple, the official color of the Alzheimer’s movement, could be seen as guests walked toward the ballroom through an artwork display presented by the Junior League of Dallas (JLD). The carefully placed easels, each highlighting unique works completed by residents with dementia at Fowler Communities, also included unique messages about the uplifting experience each resident had while creating the art. The program, called “Artful Awakenings,” is a powerful, weekly art program which has been led by members of JLD since 2017.

Many guests stopped to greet Gibbons and have her sign her 2009 book, “Take Your Oxygen First: Protecting Your Health and Happiness While Caring for a Loved One with Memory Loss,” in whichGibbons shares her family's personal struggle with Alzheimer’s disease after her mother's diagnosis and provides practical advice to caregivers on how to care for their own needs.

Using her experiences hosting, producing, and reporting for shows such as “Entertainment Tonight, the PBS show “My Generation,” and her own talk show, “LEEZA,” Gibbons became an instrumental advocate for healthcare, wellness and caregiving, ultimately becoming a social entrepreneur creating Leeza’s Care Connection. A nonprofit located in California and South Carolina, Leeza’s Care Connection offers free services and support to help families cope when facing a chronic illness or disease.

Luncheon Chair Michelle Feavel kicked off the event by thanking Honorary Luncheon Chairs Mary and Roland Bandy and all the attendees, including sponsors – each of whom donated their sponsorship in full when the pandemic caused the luncheon to be cancelled in 2020. Sharing her positive experiences at Fowler, first as a volunteer and then a board member, she highlighted the theme of the luncheon, That’s My Why.

“At Fowler, I have witnessed the genuine care, love and concern afforded every resident,” said Feavel. “This level of care and concern at Fowler is My Why – why my husband and I have chosen to invest at Fowler.”

Chairman of the Board Ben Brooks then presented awards to this year’s three recipients: Miranda Sullivan, the Juliette Fowler Faith and Service Award; Deloitte, the Erika McKenzie Volunteer Award; and AWARE, the Visionary Women Award. Sullivan, a recent graduate of Texas Christian University who exemplifies the spirit of Juliette Fowler, was honored for her leadership and excellence on campus and in the community. Deloitte was honored for 20 years of volunteer service during Impact Day, its companywide day of service. AWARE was honored for its philanthropic leadership in support of Alzheimer's care and research.

“AWARE’s impact at Fowler has been transformational through their support of music and art therapy programs, their funding of our I’m Still Here Center for Excellence in Dementia Care, and their extraordinary advocacy for individuals living with dementia, and their care partners, through Dementia Friendly Dallas,” said Ben Brooks.

Following lunch – a macerated fig salad, pecan encrusted chicken breast, and lemon meringue tart and classic cheesecake – JFC’s President and CEO Nicole Gann took the stage to share her Why. Recapping the passion of Juliette Peak Fowler, JFC’s founder 129 years ago, Gann shared that Juliette was Fowler’s first Visionary Woman and is also credited with being Dallas’ first philanthropist, whose choice was always to serve and help others.

“Today, Fowler remains intergenerational, and we are still looking out into the community just as Juliette did, asking ‘Who needs our help?’” said Gann. “That’s My Why.”

Gann highlighted recent accomplishments at Fowler including the groundbreaking of 144 new apartments for the “Forgotten Middle”– those seniors who do not qualify for traditional affordable housing and cannot afford other senior living options available. She thanked the women of AWARE and others for their support enabling JFC to expand services for those with dementia and their care partners. JFC is the only certified I’m Still Here® Center for Excellence in Dementia Care in North Texas and one of only two in Texas.

Gann introduced Leeza Gibbons and NBC 5’s News Anchor/Medical Reporter Bianca Castro, who took the stage for “A Conversation with Leeza Gibbons.” Gibbons began by highlighting her early days working in Dallas, calling Texas her adopted home state.

“It was the 80s, and Dallas was at its prime. I remember being at Southfork many times for interviews, and there was Billy Bobs and Urban Cowboy – but what drew me to Dallas was the chance to work for then WFAA News Director Marty Haag,” said Gibbons.

She explained that her Barbies were named after news reporters – Nancy Dickerson and Barbara Walters, and “they ran newsrooms and covered global affairs.” While Gibbons was a freshman at University of South Carolina, Barbara Walters had been made the first female anchor of the nightly news, and Gibbons knew she wanted to explore this field.

As the conversation shifted to a focus on caregivers, Gibbons talked about the need to be resilient. “Optimism is a strategic advantage in life. When you are optimistic, your brain gets you to a solution more quickly.” She talked about having the Tigger effect. “You must bounce forward to the next thing...resilience is key.”

Gibbons shared that her Why is her mother and her grandmother. “My mother was so courageous in her journey. She was a strong Southern woman who drank sweet, iced tea, said yes ma’am and mixed bourbon with her Coke, and she was my biggest supporter.”

But the day of her mom’s diagnosis, “my music completely stopped.”  She was hosting her talk show, growing her family, business was perfect. “But change comes for all of us. My family went to their own corners. My sister was depressed, my brother in denial, and my dad sat in a corner with wine looking at pictures of my mom. I decided to get busy. I’m going to fix this. I’m going to travel and interview doctors, and I will figure this out.”

When Gibbons told her mother she didn’t know what to do, it was her mom that told her, “You have spent your life telling stories. Go tell this.”

“That’s my Why,” said Gibbons. “If you don’t reveal it, you can’t heal it. I started a foundation to help families like mine.” For those that did not share her vision telling her this would not help her career, she “subtracted them” from her life.

Her mother had told her early on, “When I kick and scream and can’t call you by name” that’s when you know it’s time to make a change. “It’s time to help Daddy let me go.” Her mom then pulled out a brochure and said, “This is the kind of place I’d like to be.” 

“We didn’t have guilt because of this,” continued Gibbons. “We pulled together early as a unit, making these decisions early. This helps keep families from falling apart.”

Castro asked Gibbons why she has referred to her mother as her Jiminy Cricket. Gibbons shared some of her mom’s favorite momisms: “Pretty is as pretty does – pretty always does something; Don’t be too big for your britches; and It’s a poor frog that doesn’t praise its own pond.” Her mother always kept her balanced.

Gibbons then talked about her experience on “Dancing with the Stars” as one of the “dumbest things” she ever did. The day she was supposed to dance the mambo was her shared birthday with her mom, who was in a skilled nursing home at that time.

“When the announcer on the show said, ‘Dancing the mambo – Leeza Gibbons and her partner Tony Dovolani, I wanted to throw up and it still gives me post traumatic stress,” said Gibbons. “But I decided to dance and celebrate my mother and families who feel like they don’t have anything to dance for. I’m a control enthusiast, but you can’t lead on the dance floor. You must wait for the music and for your partner to move, and then you react and respond. This experience taught me to focus on what is left and not what is lost. “Dancing with the Stars” gave me a better appreciation for living in the present.”

Gibbons then highlighted the journey of the caregiver and her work with Leeza’s Care Connection as a place to come, get a hug, a cup of coffee. “We need community, and I love the intergenerational community at Fowler Communities. We connect to resources; help you call on your courage and summon your strength. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.”

Touching on her time on “Celebrity Apprentice,” she shared that she was apprehensive about doing it but proved everyone wrong by winning it. She recalled her mom saying, ‘Nice girls can finish first. Put your blinders on and don’t look at the others.’”

After winning “Celebrity Apprentice,” Gibbons took her earnings and invested them in her hometown, Columbia, South Carolina, to support family caregivers at her flagship Leeza’s Care Connection location.

Castro closed the conversation by asking Gibbons what she would want others to know.

Gibbons concluded, “Hemingway said, ‘The world breaks everyone, and afterward many are strong at the broken places.’” She said that she does not agree with this. “I think the world tests everyone, but if you are flexible and forgiving, you don’t have to break.”

Luncheon media sponsors were CultureMap Dallas and NBC 5. Proceeds benefit Fowler’s One Heart Fund to support residents’ greatest needs. To support Fowler, go to www.fowlercommunities.org/donate-now

 

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Juliette Fowler Communities is a unique faith-based, intergenerational community of residents at various life-stages.  Located on 20 picturesque acres, Juliette Fowler Communities provides independent and assisted living, a Five-Star Quality Rated skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, memory care and affordable senior housing. As the only certified I’m Still Here® Center for Excellence in Dementia Care in North Texas and one of only two in Texas, Fowler’s program employs evidence-based techniques to adapt experiences to an individual’s cognitive abilities and strengths. It has also been named a Great Place to Work in the Aging Services Industry in 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021. Children, youth, and family services at Fowler include foster and adoption services, a residential program for women ages 18-24 at risk for homelessness due to neglect, abuse, and aging out of the foster care system, and a new Youth Support Center – a one-stop location to help Dallas youth, both boys and girls ages 12-24, escape or avoid human trafficking and exploitation. Visit fowlercommunities.org or call 214.827.0813. 

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Freedom Day at Juliette Fowler Communities

 

Fowler Communities was one of 22 North Texas volunteer sites providing service projects to honor 9/11 victims, first responders, military, and veterans on this special anniversary year

 

On Friday, September 10, volunteers could be found gardening, engaging with residents during a patriotic-themed party, and leading patriotic crafts throughout the picturesque 20-acre campus of Juliette Fowler Communities for the Communities Foundation of Texas’ (CFT)  20th annual Freedom Day community service event – held in observance of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and the federally-recognized National Day of Service and Remembrance, September 10, and as part of CFT’s North Texas Giving Day season of giving.

One of 22 nonprofit partners selected as a volunteer site, Juliette Fowler Communities is a faith-based, nonprofit organization serving residents at various life-stages. Volunteers worked alongside members of the Dallas County Master Gardeners to transform the front entrance and courtyard areas with fresh mulch and new flowers while other volunteers placed flags out in the courtyards and participated in a patriotic-themed party with games as well as patriotic crafts.

“Not only did our residents love interacting with the wonderful, enthusiastic volunteers, but our grounds received a much-needed makeover with fresh mulch and flowers, replacing greenery lost in the winter storm,” said Nicole Gann, CEO and president, Juliette Fowler Communities.  “We were honored to be chosen as a volunteer site for this important day and appreciate the hard work of the volunteers who gave so generously of their time.”

CFT for Business (CFT4B), a program of Communities Foundation of Texas facilitates community involvement and philanthropy for companies of all sizes. Since CFT’s first Freedom Day in 2002, more than 14,000 volunteers from CFT4B member and sponsor companies have completed more than 50,000 hours of service on 9/11 to turn a day of tragedy into a day of doing good. This year, 500+ volunteers including CFT for Business member company employees, event sponsors, CFT fund holders, staff, service partners, partnering nonprofits, and DFW-area veterans will join in service around the theme of Building Thriving Communities for All.

“Uniting volunteers in both hybrid virtual and in-person projects to honor 9/11 victims, first responders, military, and veterans who serve the North Texas community puts such a positive spin on a day that is very difficult for everyone,” said Monica Egert Smith, senior vice president, chief giving and community impact officer, CFT. “It was a joy to spend the morning at Juliette Fowler Communities, working on patriotic crafts with the residents and visiting and sharing stories about their lives. This is day that brings everyone together, introduces us to many wonderful people we would not normally meet, and gives us a chance to pause and reflect while making a positive difference. On behalf of the Communities Foundation of Texas, I want to thank Juliette Fowler Communities for such a special day. Our volunteers were touched by the experience.”

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Juliette Fowler Communities is a Located on 20 picturesque acres, Juliette Fowler Communities provides independent and assisted living, a Five-Star Quality Rated skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, memory care and affordable senior housing.  As the only certified I’m Still Here® Center for Excellence in Dementia Care in North Texas and one of only two in Texas, Fowler’s program employs evidence-based techniques to adapt experiences to an individual’s cognitive abilities and strengths. It has also been named a Great Place to Work in the Aging Services Industry in 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021. Children, youth, and family services at Fowler include foster and adoption services, a residential program for women ages 18-24 at risk for homelessness due to neglect, abuse, and aging out of the foster care system, and a new Youth Support Center – a one-stop location to help Dallas youth, both boys and girls ages 12-24, escape or avoid human trafficking and exploitation. Visit fowlercommunities.org or call 214.827.0813

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Leeza Gibbons Leeza Gibbons, Emmy Award-Winning TV/radio personality, philanthropist, New York Times best-selling author, and caregiver advocate, returns to Dallas to take the stage as the featured speaker for the 2021 Juliette Fowler Communities’ Visionary Women Luncheon on Thursday, November 18, at noon, at the OMNI Dallas Hotel.

AWARE will be honored as the 2021 Visionary Women Award recipient for its philanthropic leadership in fighting Alzheimer's disease

Leeza Gibbons, Emmy Award-Winning TV/radio personality, philanthropist, New York Times best-selling author, and caregiver advocate, returns to Dallas to take the stage as the featured speaker for the 2021 Juliette Fowler Communities’ Visionary Women Luncheon on Thursday, November 18, at noon, at the OMNI Dallas Hotel, 555 S. Lamar Street. AWARE will receive the Visionary Women Award for its dedication to fighting Alzheimer's disease through funding and support of programs, projects, and research. The luncheon featuring Gibbons was previously scheduled for May 2020 but postponed due to the pandemic.

“We are so excited to be moving forward with a new date for our Visionary Women Luncheon in November, which is also National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Caregivers Month,” said Nicole Gann, president and CEO, Juliette Fowler Communities. “These designations are a perfect complement to the work of our speaker, Leeza Gibbons, and AWARE, our Visionary Women Award recipient, as well as Juliette Fowler Communities. Each plays a role in serving those living with Alzheimer’s and their families.”

Using her experiences hosting, producing, and reporting for shows such as “Entertainment Tonight, the PBS show “My Generation,” and her own talk show, “LEEZA,” Gibbons became an instrumental advocate for healthcare, wellness and caregiving, ultimately becoming a social entrepreneur creating Leeza’s Care Connection. A nonprofit located in California and South Carolina, Leeza’s Care Connection offers free services and support to help families cope when facing a chronic illness or disease. Her mother’s struggle with Alzheimer’s inspired many of her actions. After winning “Celebrity Apprentice,” Gibbons took her earnings and invested them in her hometown, Columbia, South Carolina, to support family caregivers at her flagship Leeza’s Care Connection location. Her focus on helping others “call on their courage” and “summon their strength” during a health challenge is a common theme to her life. In her 2009 book, Take Your Oxygen First: Protecting Your Health and Happiness While Caring for a Loved One with Memory Loss, Gibbons shares her family's personal struggle with Alzheimer’s disease after her mother's diagnosis and provides practical advice to caregivers on how to care for their own needs.

“In addition to Leeza’s extensive background in the field of entertainment and news media, she is such an instrumental advocate for healthcare, wellness and caregiving, and a true voice of hope,” added Gann.  “Her diverse and impressive career, coupled with her personal story and dedication to help caregivers, will leave our audience empowered and uplifted.”

Located on 20 picturesque acres, Juliette Fowler Communities is the only certified I’m Still Here® Center for Excellence in Dementia Care in North Texas and one of only two in Texas. Utilizing the I’m Still Here® approach, a unique paradigm shift in memory care, Fowler’s program employs evidence-based techniques to adapt experiences to an individual’s cognitive abilities and strengths. It is an engagement-focused program connecting with those living with Alzheimer’s and related dementias through abilities that do not diminish with time. By offering families and professionals ways to emotionally connect with loved ones who are still there through communication techniques and life enrichment, this program sparks creativity and engagement, helping them to thrive.

The luncheon will also feature an art display presented by the Junior League of Dallas (JLD) highlighting work completed by residents with dementia at Fowler Communities through “Artful Awakenings,” a weekly art program which has been led by members of JLD since 2017.

The Visionary Women Luncheon Chair Michelle Feavel announces the 2021 luncheon award recipients: AWARE will receive the Visionary Women Award for its philanthropic leadership in support of Alzheimer's care and research; and Deloitte will receive the Erika McKenzie Volunteer Award for its 20 years of volunteer service at Juliette Fowler Communities. Miranda Sullivan, a recent graduate of Texas Christian University selected by TCU campus ministry, will receive the Juliette Fowler Faith and Service Award. Honorary Luncheon Chairs are Mary and Roland Bandy.

“Juliette Fowler Communities is thrilled to honor these 2021 award recipients for the incredible impact they have made and continue to make in this community and beyond,” added Michelle Feavel, luncheon chair.

The Visionary Women Honoree AWARE, founded in 1989, has raised and donated nearly $14 million in support of programs, projects, and research to help individuals affected by Alzheimer’s in Dallas and North Texas. Founding members include Evelyn Ponder, Cyndy Hudgins, Ruth Sharp Altshuler, Nancy Nelson, Billie Leigh Rippey, and Anita Sampels. In 2011, AWARE became a component fund of the Dallas Foundation. Since 2014, the AWARE members have worked in partnership with The Dallas Foundation to review grant applicants and provide funding to nonprofits in Dallas and North Texas working on the front lines in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. AWARE has funded Fowler’s music and art therapy programs; provided the lead gift for training, implementation, and certification for Fowler’s I’m Still Here® Center for Excellence in Dementia Care; and provided the lead gift for Dementia Friendly Dallas.

For the past 20 years, Deloitte LLP, this year’s Erika McKenzie Volunteer Award honoree, has selected Fowler Communities as a volunteer site for its annual international day of service, Impact Day. In 2019, Deloitte held its 20th Impact Day and its 19th year of volunteering at Fowler Communities. Impact Day was cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic. Approximately 150 volunteers, many of whom return year after year, spend the day working on projects at Fowler, providing all necessary funding. Activities include gardening, painting, organizing, cleaning, building, or engaging in activities with residents.

Juliette Fowler Faith and Service Award Recipient Miranda Sullivan, a recent TCU graduate who will pursue a PhD in government at The University of Texas, has exemplified the spirit of Juliette Fowler through service on her campus and in the community while maintaining a high GPA. In the long term she would like to be a professor of political science so she may teach and conduct research. While at TCU, she served as president of Disciples on Campus; president of Chi Delta Mu; fundraising director of TCU Dance Marathon, a student run philanthropy for the local Children's Miracle Network through Cook Children's Medical Center; and children’s ministry assistant at University Christian Church.

Gibbons is currently seen on-camera as co-host of the Rose Parade. She is also the author of the New York Times best seller, Take 2: Your Guide to Creating Happy Endings; and Fierce Optimism: Seven Secrets for Playing Nice and Winning Big. Gibbons has received numerous recognitions for her achievements, including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her TV work, and the ICON Award for her work selling over a billion dollars in products through direct response. Gibbons lives in Los Angeles with her husband, New York Times best-selling author Steven Fenton, and their rescue pup, Biggie.  She has three children, daughter, Leksy, and sons, Troy and Nate.

“Please join us for this exciting opportunity to hear the amazing and compassionate Leeza Gibbons, and help us honor three outstanding award recipients,” added Nicole Gann. “Your support of this luncheon and Juliette Fowler Communities provides critical funding to our One Heart Annual Fund, enabling us to continue to implement the most innovative programs, while caring for the most vulnerable among us, the young and old at Fowler.”

Luncheon media sponsors are CultureMap Dallas and NBC 5. Tickets are $200, and sponsorships are available. Contact Jamie Rodgers,  jamier@fowlercommunities.org, 214-818-0342.  Visit https://fowlercommunities.org/visionary-women-luncheon/

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Juliette Fowler Communities is a unique faith-based, intergenerational community of residents at various life-stages.  Located on 20 picturesque acres, Juliette Fowler Communities provides independent and assisted living, a Five-Star Quality Rated skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, memory care and affordable senior housing.  As the only certified I’m Still Here® Center for Excellence in Dementia Care in North Texas and one of only two in Texas, Fowler’s program employs evidence-based techniques to adapt experiences to an individual’s cognitive abilities and strengths. It has also been named a Great Place to Work in the Aging Services Industry in 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021. Children, youth, and family services at Fowler include foster and adoption services, a residential program for women ages 18-24 at risk for homelessness due to neglect, abuse, and aging out of the foster care system, and a new Youth Support Center – a one-stop location to help Dallas youth, both boys and girls ages 12-24, escape or avoid human trafficking and exploitation. Visit fowlercommunities.org or call 214.827.0813.  

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Kiewit Supports The Ebby House Kiewit employees selected The Ebby House at Juliette Fowler Communities, which provides transitional living for girls, as the recipient of a $100,000 donation in honor of Women in Construction Week. In addition to the donation, Kiewit hopes to mentor girls in the program and educate them on the wide range of career opportunities in construction. Pictured left to right are Katie Pedigo, The Ebby House Public Relations; Brittany Conrady, Kiewit co-chair South Central Women’s Group; Sabrina Sims, Kiewit co-chair South Central Women’s Group; Lisa Mumford, The Ebby House Program Director; Shane Peterson, Kiewit Senior VP/District Manager

This spring during Women in Construction Week – a national week designed to highlight and recognize the contributions of women in the construction industry – The Ebby House at Juliette Fowler Communities received the type of donation nonprofits dream about.  Kiewit Infrastructure South Co., a subsidiary of Kiewit Corporation, one of the largest construction and engineering organizations in North America, presented a check for $100,000 to The Ebby House, a two-year residential program for women, ages 18-24, at risk for homelessness due to neglect, abuse, and aging out of the foster care system. This strength-based program mentors up to 12 young women at a time for up to 24 months to instill life skills, provide housing, healthcare, education, career guidance, job training and permanency. It is a home for young girls ready to launch into successful adulthood. The Ebby House is named for the late Dallas real estate icon Ebby Halliday Acres to honor her for incredible work ethic and her lifelong work to help women gain financial independence. Ebby helped cut the ribbon for its grand opening in 2014. 

“We were really interested in an organization that would provide women, especially women in difficult circumstances, the means, education, and support necessary to realize their greatest potential,” said Brittany Conrady, senior environmental manager at Kiewit. “We have an initiative to help girls network, meet people, and ask questions to help them with their careers. We are passionate about connecting with young women to share our experiences in the construction industry.”

Kiewit employees selected Ebby House, which provides transitional living for girls, as the recipient of the donation in honor of Women in Construction Week. In addition to the donation, Kiewit hopes to mentor girls in the program and educate them on the wide range of career opportunities in construction.

“Our hope is to continue our relationship with Juliette Fowler Communities and The Ebby House by mentoring girls and providing tours. Ultimately, it’d be great to welcome them into the Kiewit family someday,” said Sabrina Sims, support engineer at Kiewit.

“Charities like Ebby House bring awareness to the unforgiving realities that many children and young adults face on a regular basis,” said Shane Petersen. “I’m honored to have the opportunity to support the work The Ebby House is doing on behalf of the Kiewit Corporation.”

Juliette Fowler Communities is a unique faith-based, intergenerational community of residents at various life-stages.  Located on 20 picturesque acres, Juliette Fowler Communities provides independent and assisted living, a Five-Star Quality Rated skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, memory care and affordable senior housing.  As the only certified I’m Still Here® Center for Excellence in Dementia Care in Dallas and one of only three in Texas, Fowler’s program employs evidence-based techniques to adapt experiences to an individual’s cognitive abilities and strengths. It has also been named a Great Place to Work in the Aging Services Industry in 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021. Children, youth, and family services at Fowler include foster and adoption services, a residential program for women ages 18-24 at risk for homelessness due to neglect, abuse, and aging out of the foster care system, and a new Youth Support Center – a one-stop location to help Dallas youth, both boys and girls ages 12-24, escape or avoid sex trafficking and exploitation. Visit fowlercommunities.org or call 214.827.0813.  

Kiewit is one of North America’s largest and most respected construction and engineering organizations. With its roots dating back to 1884, the employee-owned organization operates through a network of subsidiaries in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Kiewit offers construction and engineering services in a variety of markets including transportation; oil, gas and chemical; power; building; water/wastewater; industrial; and mining. Kiewit had 2020 revenues of $12.5 billion and employs 27,000 staff and craft employees.

Learn more about The Ebby House at https://fowlercommunities.org/the-ebby-house/.

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Juliette Fowler Communities Butterfly Release Each resident released his or her own butterfly symbolizing a new beginning after this long, pandemic year.

Moving forward with small steps in the opening of the campus, this visual and symbolic butterfly release served as a time for all to express gratitude and begin anew

Juliette Fowler Communities, a certified Monarch Waystation, released over 350 butterflies representing each resident in a special event on May 13 to mark small steps in the opening of the campus during this next phase of the pandemic. Gathering outdoors in the Harwood Garden to join the celebration, the 350 residents of Fowler Communities, along with staff members, expressed gratitude – each excited to begin anew while remembering that God’s love endures forever. The residents were elated to all come together for the first time since the beginning of pandemic and enjoy each other’s company as well as the event, which lifted everyone’s spirits on a beautiful sunny day. One resident was overheard saying that this event was a ‘healthy shot of hope – even better than the vaccine!’

“We had such a wonderful time,” said John Marr, a resident. “We each released our own butterfly symbolizing a new beginning after this long, pandemic year.”

Just as it has for 130 years, Juliette Fowler Communities persevered during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The first pandemic they endured was the Spanish Flu of 1918. Fourteen months ago, new protocols were put into place to adapt and serve the current residents and staff with one priority: protecting the lives of all who live and work at Fowler. Throughout both, the resilience of the JFC was tested, and teammates answered with a resounding reinforcement of JFC’s values in each action: Love People, Pursue Excellence and Make A Difference. Only 7 percent of residents and 17 percent of team members experienced COVID-19. These numbers reflect the successful implementation and adoption of all safety protocols. Fowler Communities will continue to follow “love your neighbor basics” – wear a mask, safely distance, sanitize, and wash hands often.  

Juliette Fowler Communities Chaplain Venessa Harmel was joined by area ministers in leading the program and butterfly release, including the Rev. Andy Mangum, regional minister at Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Southwest, and Rev. Virzola Law of Northway Christian Church. JFC President and CEO Nicole Gann provided opening remarks.

“Butterflies are the greatest symbol of transformation,” said Nicole Gann. “Today is important because we have been living though a pandemic; we have been thriving; we have had each other to lean on; and now we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I love looking out and seeing everyone wearing our new t-shirts with Psalm 118, ‘Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.’ Today we celebrate what we have done and our transformation into our next steps with great possibilities and hope.”

“What a peaceful and stress-free time, which is unique for these times!” said Liz Thurmond, a resident. “It was such a wonderful release of hundreds of butterflies.  I’ve never seen anything like it.”

“I hope we are going to do more events such as this,” said Jane Piano, a resident.  “I loved seeing everyone together!”

The Fowler Community has a Monarch Waystation, which began two years ago as part of its Dallas County Master Gardener Association program. Since 2019, residents have enjoyed watching the stages of transformation as caterpillars turn into butterflies.

"I don't have the words to describe this event,” said Ann Wuermser, a resident. “It was just something you had to feel. And that is something for me to say because I'm a writer, and I know plenty of words!"

“It was an exceptional event,” added John Wrench, a resident. “I thought it was a good expression of the intent to allow new opportunities for the seniors in our community. It is an event that no one in our community will ever forget – my neighbors and I can’t stop talking about it!”

Juliette Fowler Communities is a unique faith-based, intergenerational community of residents at various life-stages.  Located on 20 picturesque acres, Juliette Fowler Communities provides independent and assisted living, a Five-Star Quality Rated skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, memory care and affordable senior housing.  As the only certified I’m Still Here® Center for Excellence in Dementia Care in Dallas and one of only three in Texas, Fowler’s program employs evidence-based techniques to adapt experiences to an individual’s cognitive abilities and strengths. It has also been named a Great Place to Work in the Aging Services Industry in 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021. Children, youth, and family services at Fowler include foster and adoption services, a residential program for women ages 18-24 at risk for homelessness due to neglect, abuse, and aging out of the foster care system, and a new Youth Support Center – a one-stop location to help Dallas youth, both boys and girls ages 12-24, escape or avoid sex trafficking and exploitation. Visit fowlercommunities.org or call 214.827.0813.