Monday, July 20, 2015

Focus Manor Holds Grand Opening

L to R: Mayor Will Hill, Irene Smith, Chairperson of the Focus Manor, Inc.  Board, Johnnie Seward, Secretary of Board, Jody Fulton, Board Member, Bishop Joseph Campbell, Board Member,
Lee Mays, treasurer of board (not pictured),

It was an exciting morning, regardless of the heat index, at the GRAND OPENING of the newest residential facility in Louisville, MS. On Saturday, July 18, 2015, nearly 100 people attended the ceremony with the Focus Manor, Inc. board and Mrs. Teresa Fulton and family who made it possible by making the land available for the facility. 

The ceremony was opened by Mrs. Johnnie Seward, secretary of the board ribbon with a welcome by the chairperson Irene Smith; followed with a prayer by Dr. George A. Miller, executive director. The guests were lead to the front of the facility to witness the cutting of the ribbons which was cut by the Honorable Mayor Will Hill, Dr/ George A. Miller and other board members.

With the temperature so high, the guests reentered the facility for the recognition of special guest and dismissal by Dr. Miller. Mrs. Teresa Fulton was shown appreciation and was highly praised for making it possible for Focus Manor, Inc. to acquire the land to build the 1.8 million dollars facility with the HUD grant. According to Dr. Miller, “The facility is in a good location for the physically challenged people who will reside here. It is near a grocery store which is a plus. It is truly a vision come to fruition.” It is also near five churches, a small convenience store, downtown Louisville and the new hospital will not be far away. Mayor Will Hill remarked about he has been on this journey with Dr. George Miller from the very beginning and he stated “I knew that if anyone could persevere with the type of government grant it was, that it would be George Miller”. He expressed how pleased he is that Louisville, MS has such a facility.

Chairperson of the board thanked Vowell’s Market Place for donating the 4 beautiful ferns and an umbrella plant. She also thanked Faith Tabernacle Church of Christ USA members and Elmetra Patterson for assisting with plants, food, and decorations. Focus Manor board members were thanked for persevering with Dr. Miller. They are listed in the photos. Friends of Dean Park, Inc. was shown appreciation for bringing three workers to help with the flower beds. Volunteers who are master gardeners also helped: Brenda Jowers, Sandra Miles, Johanna Williamson, Elmetra Patterson, Denise Byrd, Richard Moncrief, and Roger Hunt.

The ceremony ended with the newly hired managers, Joyce and Melvin Roberson, giving the guests a tour of the building. Most were amazed at the size of the apartments. There is a laundry room available for the residents also. Dr. Miller announced that there are still apartments available. You may contact Focus Manor, Inc. and talk with the managers about the application process. 662.446-9008.

By Elmetra Patterson