Elim Resident Gets Special Recognition from Columbus Council
As the first resident of Homeport’s Elim Manor apartments in 2012, Mary Warren witnessed installation of sod, planting of trees and delivery of furniture. But, Mary knew her new life in the senior housing community was not going to be about watching.
“I just automatically felt I needed to help (others). I just pushed myself into being a volunteer,” she said.
On Sept. 11, Columbus City Council Member Jaiza Page introduced a resolution at City Hall honoring Mary as a “trailblazer and strong community supporter of Elim Manor.”
Page told the Council she learned of Mary’s exploits when she visited Elim Manor in August to congratulate her and her neighbors for their inter-generational connection with area children as they served them food from the city Recreation & Parks Department summer lunch program.
“Homeport has been a great partner in making sure our youth on the East Side of Columbus were able to eat throughout this summer,” Page told her fellow Council members.
For three years the Elim seniors have served the meals including more than 800 this past summer.
Page commended Mary for her leadership in getting her neighbors to use their community room to bridge a service gap in the lunch program, and for taking the time to talk with the children, play games with them and help them prepare for school.
“It was an absolutely amazing experience that they shared with those young people every day this summer,” Page said.
Those who know Mary say they are not surprised that she was recognized for her efforts, from initiating Bingo games to organizing a trip to theater to the planning of annual table cloth and candle light dinner in the community center
“The Elim seniors are unified and care for each other,” said Homeport’s Brenda Moncrief, who oversaw the construction of Elim and remembers the day Mary arrived with friends to check out the property. “The fifth anniversary dinner was recently celebrated and attended by most of the residents. Mary, with other residents, have been instrumental in all of that.”
Moncrief said Mary has helped the sick and shut-in, fed them soup, made sure they kept doctor appointments and stayed in touch with families of her neighbors as needed.
“It’s a side that comes natural to her,” Moncrief said. “It all began when she looked after an ill neighbor who was the second person to move into Elim Manor.”
Longtime Homeport Senior Vice President Maude Hill said the individual recognition of Mary by resolution of City Council is the first of its kind for a Homeport resident.
Homeport President & CEO Bruce Luecke told City Council members that the resolution was well deserved.
“We are in the real estate business but it is Mary who makes communities,” Luecke said. “We were so thrilled that she was first person to move in to there. It set the tone for Elim Manor. She is the kind of neighbor I think we would all like to have.”
Mary told the Council that the recognition was not something she was thinking about as she helped create a sense of community in the 98 apartments of Elim Manor.
“I am very proud to be a part of that. I am very proud of being at the beginning of the history of Elim Manor.”