Florida Senate - 2013                            (NP)    SR 1882
       By Senator Dean
       5-04402-13                                            20131882__
    1                          Senate Resolution                        
    2         A resolution recognizing the 100th anniversary of Advent
    3  Christian Village.
    5         WHEREAS, established in 1913 on 1,000 acres of land donated
    6  by Thomas Dowling and Richard W. Sears to the Advent Christian
    7  Church, the American Advent Christian Home and Orphanage was
    8  chartered and incorporated in the State of Florida in 1915, and
    9  was the state’s first retirement home, and
   10         WHEREAS, in spite of natural disasters, the Great
   11  Depression, severe economic shortages, and other hardships, the
   12  Home and Orphanage thrived with the support of Advent Christian
   13  churches across the country, and despite taking slightly
   14  different forms, its mission has remained in keeping with the
   15  spirit of its founding: to express Christ’s love by providing
   16  compassionate care and quality comprehensive services for senior
   17  adults, families with special needs, and children in a secure,
   18  supportive residential setting, and
   19         WHEREAS, now known as Advent Christian Village, the humble
   20  Home and Orphanage has evolved into a self-contained community
   21  that welcomes people of all faiths, is made up of over 800
   22  residents and members, and serves an additional 300 people in
   23  the surrounding community of Dowling Park, and
   24         WHEREAS, Advent Christian Village consists of 300 rental
   25  apartments ranging in style from mid-rise apartment buildings to
   26  garden apartments, clusters, duplexes, and single-dwelling
   27  homes, while the Village Square offers a grocery store, a bank,
   28  a branch of the United States Postal Service, a beauty salon and
   29  barber shop, gift shops, a unique resale store, an arts-and
   30  crafts shop, and a cafe, and its caring staff provide home care,
   31  social services, housekeeping, and transportation services, and
   32         WHEREAS, the W. B. Copeland Medical Center, Advent
   33  Christian Village’s state-of-the-art medical clinic, provides
   34  medical care in the areas of family practice, geriatrics,
   35  women’s health, dentistry, and urgent care; offers various
   36  laboratory, testing, and radiological services; and provides
   37  outpatient rehabilitative services such as physical therapy,
   38  speech and occupational therapy, osteoporosis and joint care,
   39  pain management, stroke rehabilitation, and cognitive and
   40  communication therapy, among others, and
   41         WHEREAS, as part of its centennial celebration, Advent
   42  Christian Village held the dedication and inaugural walk of the
   43  Village Heritage Trail, a walking path through the village along
   44  which are marked the locations of significant buildings from the
   45  early days of the village, complete with photographs and a
   46  description of how each structure served the ministry, allowing
   47  residents and visitors to reflect on 100 years of care,
   48  compassion, and excellence, NOW, THEREFORE,
   50  Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of Florida:
   52         That Advent Christian Village is honored for a century of
   53  invaluable service to the citizens of this state and is heartily
   54  congratulated on the occasion of its 100th anniversary.