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Wes and Jill Carr are passionate about their faith, their family, and their community. Thanks to Wes’s long-time service to Messiah Lifeways as a member of the Board of Directors, the Carrs are also passionate about our mission of enhancing the lives of older adults with Christ-like love. Having played a role in providing guidance and direction as a Board member, Wes saw the value of the Project Envision campaign that was designed to support the Village Square expansion, enable renovations in nursing neighborhoods, and provide beautiful, welcoming spaces for community building, indoor and outdoor entertainment, lifelong learning, and casual get-togethers. That is why Wes and Jill provided a generous commitment to name the Wesley Courtyard at Village Square. This beautiful outdoor space complete with well-appointed outdoor furniture, a large fire pit, and a spacious patio with plenty of room for socializing, has already hosted a variety of fun events, including a Hawaiian BBQ and pig roast. Outdoor musical performances, themed events, and casual get-togethers around the fire are opportunities for future use of this lovely area.
On a balmy Saturday evening in September, Jill and Wes invited their extended families to join them for dinner in the Heisey Room in Kathryn’s on the Square, followed by an evening of fellowship in Wesley Courtyard. Together, they roasted marshmallows, talked, and savored a perfect evening. Wes used this opportunity to share with their family and their children why they have chosen to invest their time and their philanthropy here. He talked about what it takes to have a vision, plant the seeds, and then wait for the vision to come to fruition. “Over the years, Jill and I have seen that there is something special at Messiah Village,” Wes says. “It’s not always easy to define it, but it’s there every time we visit campus. The friendliness of residents, the willingness of people to give of themselves to bless their neighbors, the generosity that has shaped the community over the years...we are happy to be part of that.”
More than $2.3 million was given as part of the Project Envision campaign – and we are very grateful to the donors who have invested in the future of Messiah Lifeways by participating in this visionary initiative.