The Retirement Foundation

We Honor the Elderly

Why is it so important to honor the elderly?

In honoring the elderly, we honor God.

layer-28Every human being is created in the image of God; thus, we have a sacred duty to care for each soul to the full extent of the life God grants him. Jesus taught that when we care for someone who cannot care for himself, we have done it unto the Lord (Matthew 25:27-40). Throughout God’s Word, our service to one another is closely tied to our service to God:

  • “You shall rise before the gray headed and honor the presence of an old man, and fear your God.” (Leviticus 19:32)
  • “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment, and the second is like unto it: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” (Matthew 22:37-39)
  • Honoring the elderly is a just return for their contributions.

All of us stand on the shoulders of past generations. Their work led to the prosperity and technological advances that we enjoy today. Their service defended our values from those who threatened them. They have stories to tell, lessons to teach, and insights to share. What a treasure we have in their wisdom and experience! Seeing as they have cared for so many in their lifetimes, it is now our privilege to care for them. David wrote, “Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth” (Psalm 71:9). The value we place on our aged population is a powerful measure of our cultural integrity.

 We Specifically Assist the Woodhaven Retirement Community

Woodhaven Retirement Community (Woodhaven) has always striven to be a self-sustaining business that does not rely on donations for operational expenses so that donations can be designated to specific purposes. In order to help preserve this approach for future years, the Woodhaven Foundation was established in October 2008 for two purposes:

  1. Generate income to spend on charity care. A healthy endowment fund will help Woodhaven to provide care for those who cannot pay for it themselves, a literal application of “visiting the fatherless and widows in their affliction” (James 1:27).
  2. Provide a contingency for future threats to Woodhaven’s financial model. As healthcare costs rise and regulatory uncertainty increases, Woodhaven must prepare for a day when some current sources of funding are no longer available. The larger our endowment, the more shielded we are from outside threats and the more time we have to adjust to new economic models. As long as the elderly need care, we want to be able to find ways to provide it.

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