1321 Park Bayou Drive
Houston, TX 77077
Phone (281) 677-5912
Contact: Amy Jones, Forté PR
Phone: (214) 890-7912 ext. 30
Mobile: (469) 261-7544
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 10, 2012
SENIOR LIVING COMMUNITY USES UNIQUE APPROACH TO
RAISE MONEY FOR FAMILIES IN NEED
HOUSTON, Texas, December, 10, 2012: Residents at Parkway Place are in the giving
spirit, reaching into their hearts and their pocketbooks to help families in need. The
senior living community tapped into its creative side by holding a gently used sale
comprised of items donated by residents, staff and the National Charity League. Family
members, residents and staff went shopping, and they raised nearly $700. Part of the
money will go to the Salvation Army to assist area families, and the rest will specifically
help a family at The Bridge Over Troubled Waters buy a holiday meal and gifts. An 88-
year-old former Salvation Army minister and Parkway Place resident was behind the
“I like to get people involved, and I enjoy helping others,” said Vonceil Crowder,
Parkway Place resident. “During my 34 years with the Salvation Army, I served in
disasters, hurricanes and tornados, and I feel I was placed here for a purpose. That
purpose is to help others.”
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Crowder is president of the assisted living resident council at Parkway Place. She and
the other residents voted to decide where they should donate the proceeds of their sale.
The group participates in fundraising activities all year long, and they especially look
forward to the sale that allows them to make a significant donation.
“We get thank you notes that just break your heart,” said Crowder. “The families are
always so thankful for everything we do, and they are so appreciative. We don’t do it for
thanks, we do it because it is the right thing to do.”
The staff enjoys participating in the sale, and they are truly inspired by the giving nature
of the residents. The residents also recently bagged rice and beans for the Houston
“I think it is wonderful to see how much Parkway Place residents give back to the
community,” said Shannon Schmidt, assisted living activity director, Parkway Place.
“The activities give the residents purpose and the ability to participate in something that
makes a difference in the lives of others. The residents find it rewarding, and so do I.”
If you would like to interview the residents, or if you want to cover the story, call Amy
Jones 214-890-7912 ext. 30 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
ABOUT PARKWAY PLACE
Parkway Place in Houston, a Buckner Retirement Services community, is a non-profit,
faith-based senior living community located on a 15-acre well-manicured campus that
includes flowers, walking paths, gazebos, benches and raised gardens, putting green,
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with an outdoor, heated pool and spas. It is also one of the few Independent Living
communities in West Houston that has no entrance fees, no long-term contracts and
provides spacious apartment residences on a rental basis.
As a continuing care community, Parkway Place offers Independent Living apartment
residences, spacious Assisted Living, innovative Memory Care and Skilled Nursing
The community offers 159 independent apartments, 58 assisted living
apartments, 24 memory care support residences and skilled nursing for 60 residents. A
new Wellness Center has been added that features state-of-the-art equipment and a
HealthAbility Program to enhance the eight dimensions of wellness
Residents can enjoy delicious dining and warm fellowship in beautifully arranged dining
rooms. The community also has an on-site life enrichment coordinator, chapel, full-time
chaplain, on-site worship services, beauty/barber salon and weekly housekeeping/linen
service. For more information about Parkway Place, please visit the community website
at www.bucknerparkwayplace.org or call Susan Coborn at (281) 677–5912.
ABOUT BUCKNER RETIREMENT SERVICES
Buckner Retirement Services, Inc. is one of the largest not-for-profit senior living
organizations in Texas dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for senior adults and
their families by promoting an active, healthy Christian lifestyle while maintaining their
independence and dignity. Buckner Retirement Services is part of Buckner
International, a global faith-based ministry serving more than 450,000 people each year
in the United States and 18 countries worldwide.
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Photo Credits: Photos Courtesy of Parkway Place
Photo 1: Vonceil Crowder helps out with the gently used sale at Parkway Place
to raise money for charity.
Photo 2: Regina Wells, Eunice Alleman and Abby Williams take a look around at
the gently used sale at Parkway Place to raise for a family in need.
Photo 3: Eunice Alleman shops around at the gently used sale at Parkway Place.