Mason Serenity House closes doors

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 24, 2010

It is with heavy heart that I announced the Mason Serenity House closed.

However, wonderful memories flood my mind as I reflect over the past 21 years.

I felt the leading of the Lord to retire from my government employment in Washington, D.C., and return to Andalusia, thus pioneering assisted living (then known as domiciliary) in this area.

Through the years, it has been my passion and focus to care for the elderly (and any one with special needs) and provide a safe and caring environment for them.

They have added great joy and significance to my life. Some lived in the historic Mason Serenity House permanently and others on a temporary basis.

Many citizens in this area received employment at the Serenity House, and they were a valued asset in providing tender, compassionate care.

There are outside agencies who served the residents within the Serenity House, such as home health care, hospice, and therapeutic services to name a few. Special appreciation goes to the CareSouth agency who render a special service to the management staff.

Through the years, Alturas Club provided monthly birthday celebrations with gifts for the residents.

Others have provided activities such as, Bible teaching, games, readings and also gifts and donations.

How thrilled the residents were when children and teenagers visited, sharing a hug, smile and a song.

Ziba and Pennye Anderson have been deeply involved with the Serenity House for about 18 years. They have opened their home repeatedly with great job in serving and honoring the residents. They have volunteered their time and shared their financial recourses.

The Serenity House has been a family-oriented business, and I am grateful for their support and encouragement during these 21 years. I have been delighted to have had the opportunity and privilege to offer my life in service here in Andalusia. Never shall I forget these 21 years of service within the walls of Mason Serenity House.

Delores A. Gomez, Andalusia