Until recently, a garden for prayer, a chapel for worship and a life enrichment center were only dreams for the residents and employees of Good Samaritan Society - Denton Village.
Thanks to the generosity of many donors, the dream is now a reality.
Memorial peace garden
Cora Martin, a Denton Village resident, had a hand in planning the construction. It was her vision that xeriscape landscaping be used for the peace garden.
Xeriscaping is a landscaping technique that reduces the need for water from irrigation. A drainage ditch carries water to and from the garden. This allows the peace garden to be self-sufficient.
But there is more to the peace garden than a visionary irrigation system.
In the midst of a busy world, a place to catch your breath and take in God’s natural wonders is always welcomed. The peace garden is adorned with rocks and shady trees. This atmosphere provides a perfect space for reflection or prayer.
Annette Thomison has lived at Denton Village for 11 years. Annette is the director of the Village Singers. The singing group makes use of the chapel to sing, worship and provide special performances.
When asked if the new chapel makes a difference, Annette said, “The old setting was homey, but the chapel brings the church setting and adds to the spirituality.”
A feature of the chapel is custom stained glass. Each piece portrays a Bible story, including the story of the Good Samaritan.
Jack Briscoe, a Denton Village resident, said, “My favorite stained glass piece is the prodigal son. It’s a real human story.”
Life enrichment center
The Life Enrichment Center project includes a new 4,439 square-foot chapel as well as 4,654 square feet of existing space repurposed for a fitness center, medical examination room, technology area and flexible space for dining/community events. The center was built with funds from a capital campaign from which $2,000,000 was raised.
The life enrichment and wellness center will help the Good Samaritan Society serve seniors now and into the future,” said Randy Fitzgerald, Good Samaritan Society vice president of operations for Kansas, Texas and Arkansas. “Denton Village is a special place and we are excited for the opportunity to share this wonderful facility with the Denton community.”
“Having more space to help maintain our residents’ health, to have fun with friends and family, and to gather in worship is a true blessing for residents of today and for those to come,” said Michael Larson, administrator of Denton Village.