Volunteers of America—Laurel Manor Care Center
Colorado Springs LIVING WELL Magazine
Volunteers of America is 116 years old and branched off from Salvation Army at that time. Laurel Manor has been in our community over 40 years.
Probably the thing we are most proud of is our faith-based mission. Our mission statement says that “we will reach and uplift all people and bring them to the knowledge and service of God in everything we do.”
We are currently in the process of making a chapel for our families and residents. We have always wanted to do this, but haven’t had the space. Since we downsized and reduced our licensed beds, we felt that we could “squeeze” out a space for a chapel. We actually have the room done; now we are looking for a couple of pews and a couple of stained glass windows to make it more useable.
We take our mission statement very seriously. We join in prayer every morning after our manager’s meeting. We always start our staff meetings off with prayer and we hold religious services in the facility at least weekly. We are non-denominational. We serve all faiths. We try to assist staff when necessary and are planning to start a bible study soon. We don’t always understand God’s plan, but we know he has one. So, when unexpected things happen here––and especially when good things happen––we feel his presence even more. I once had someone tell me that he could feel the Lord’s presence in our halls. That was the best compliment I have ever gotten about our facility.
We are very fortunate to have area pastors come in and do services and communion for our residents. We also have Pastor Mark Patzke, who does a memorial service for us every month.
For some of our residents, this faith-based mission is very meaningful and helps them with the life changes they are experiencing. We do not push our faith-based mission on “anyone” but we want “everyone” to know we are here to help them if they need our help.
Because we are a not-for-profit facility, we do fundraisers to raise money for special items and services offered in the facility. We are currently raising money for the furnishing of the new chapel and the stain glassed windows. If anyone is interested in donating to this project, please call Jessica Chiartano at 719-473-7780. Or if you know where we can locate some pews and windows—let us know that as well.
For more information or a tour, please contact Laurel Manor Care Center at 719-473-7780. 920 S. Chelton Rd., Colorado Springs, CO 80910.