Throughout my travels
as I have been attending conferences and visiting ministries, I
have invited folks to send me short write-ups on their ministries and,
with the understanding that, as I was able, I would post them on this
blog.  My hope in doing this is by no means to
touch upon all ministries with a Presbyterian connection, but only to
gives glimpses of the breadth and depth in which we engage in ministry
around the world.

Bruce Reyes-Chow Line

this very moment I'm sitting in a cafe in Pasadena getting ready to attend the meeting of Hanmi Presbytery as they install their new Executive Presbytery, Rev. In Yang.  You can see my complete SoCal itineration here, but I also wanted to life up my gracious hosts and organizer, Monte Vista Grove Homes and Director of Organizational Development, John Turner.

Here is a little blurb from MVGH:

Monte Vista Grove Homes (MVGH) is a caring Christian
community dedicated to a twofold purpose: First, meeting the physical,
spiritual, social and emotional needs of qualified Presbyterian retirees;
secondly, providing quality health care and assisted living accommodations for
the elderly, regardless of church affiliation. We believe that older adults
should be able to live their retirement years in a setting that provides high
quality professional care, a sense of community and personal dignity.

Our Ministry

Because of the modest salaries most Presbyterian retirees
received during their years of services, many of them cannot afford to live in
a comparable independent living environment or to access the level of care
available at the Grove’s assisted living and skilled nursing facilities.

MVGH keeps fees as low as possible and strives never to turn
away a qualified retiree because of his or her financial capabilities.
Contributions are vital for MVGH to continue meeting its operating and capital


Located in beautiful Pasadena on 13-1/2
magnificently landscaped acres, Monte Vista Grove Homes (MVGH) has provided
quality long-term care services to its residents since 1924. Our original plot
plan was designed by esteemed architect Myron Hunt. Approximately 140 retirees
live in the 94 apartment residential campus. Each new resident has an
opportunity to make individualized improvements on their unit prior to moving
in. A swimming pool, spa, and exercise facility encourage active senior living.

In Independent Living residents occupy their own
apartments and manage their own daily living. Current residents at MVGH have
served in 29 different countries and here at home. Nearly all continue to serve
as they are able. Many are active in the governance of MVGH and their local
congregations. Several are serving interim pastorates in local churches. Some
tutor at local schools, are involved in short term mission, and participate in
our speaker’s bureau throughout the San Gabriel Valley.

Who Qualifies?

A minister, missionary, Certified Christian
Educator, Certified Musician Associate, Commissioned Lay Pastor, and/or spouse.
One must have served the Presbyterian Church (USA) in a “called” position for
20 years or more to apply for residency at MVGH. Applications may be submitted
after reaching age 62. Qualified applicants are welcome to move on campus at
age 65.We strive to never turn any qualified applicant
away because of his or her financial circumstances.

Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing care

The Hearth, our assisted living facility, provides
a more supportive setting for those who need it. Amenities include a personally
furnished, private room with bath, located close to dining room and campus
activities. These units are clustered around a central living room with a
fireplace and overlook a beautifully landscaped courtyard. A thoughtful and
concerned staff provides personal assistance to allow residents to live as
independently and comfortably as possible.

The Health Center, our skilled nursing facility,
provides licensed 24-hour nursing care. The Health Center is staffed with a
high ratio of nursing staff to residents providing superior quality personal
care for each individual. Our Medical Director sees each patient monthly or as
needed by appointment. A full-time Activities Director organizes functions
especially designed for residents.

The Health Center is open to the community at large
as space is available.

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