From Beige to Bling

April 7 kicked off an interior enhancement project at The Trinity Community at Fairborn that a very special family member hopes will make the skilled nursing community stand out above others in Greater Dayton.

Barb, whose late husband was a former resident, spearheaded the idea and donated the funds to make the project possible. She has remained a fierce advocate for the community, making other significant gifts that funded projects such as a hotel-like spa room, new nurse call system, handicap-accessible resident bus and numerous gifts for residents. Barb, whose ideas to improve The Trinity Community at Fairborn are endless, is on to her latest project, an impressive interior makeover of the community. The refresh will consist of tiered crystal chandeliers lining the entryway, modern flooring, paint and design elements throughout the nursing community.

The kickoff event held April 7, celebrated Barb and her continued support as well as the residents who will benefit from the enhancements to their home. Barb was surrounded by residents and staff and United Church Homes leadership. The event consisted of a blessing over the project, an overview of her vision, project details and refreshments.

Perhaps the most moving moment of the day is when the community invited residents and staff to initiate the project by painting together on a wall signifying the beginning of something colorful and new. Barb initiated the first strokes as residents and employees followed suit in an abstract piece that will remain on display throughout construction as a reminder of how Barb and the residents left their mark on The Trinity Community at Fairborn.

The heart behind Barb’s giving stems from a love she and her late husband Jack shared of the community and their desire to bless others. Her goal is to bring joy “and a little ooo-ahh” to staff and the residents who call The Trinity Community at Fairborn, home. When asked why she has been so giving, Barb responded,

“people deserve the best life has to offer in whatever home environment they live and that home should provide comfort and joy.”

The project is expected to be complete in the fall.