Over the past five decades, Good Samaritan Society – Bonell Community in Greeley, Colorado, has been a second home to Wendell Ball and his family.
Wendell’s grandmother, mother and brother have all called Bonell home. From Easter dinners to Fourth of July barbecues, the family has gathered there to make memories.
“It has been a pillar of the community and our family,” Wendell said. “My wife and I live in Loveland, Colorado, and we joke we have worn out the road to Greeley and Bonell.”
Wendell and his wife, Janice, have been so moved by their family’s experience, they started giving back through the Good Samaritan Foundation to support the Bonell community.
“We wish we could give more,” Wendell said. “We have such a good feeling giving to Bonell and a Christian organization like Good Samaritan Society.”
The family’s legacy at Bonell started with Wendell’s grandmother Mary Vawter Armagost, who moved to the community in the early '70s and lived there for more than 20 years. Wendell’s mother, Rose Ball, and his brother, Robert Ball, followed in her footsteps.
“I think Bonell has done an excellent job taking care of all my family members,” Wendell said.
With a full spectrum of care and services that includes senior apartments, assisted living, and a Samaritan Therapy And Rehabilitation (STAR) Care rehabilitation unit, Bonell was able to care for Wendell's mother as her needs changed. She passed away in 2016, but her son Robert continues to reside at Bonell.
“There is such a comfort knowing the care is available if and when you need it,” Wendell said. “You never know what might happen, and to enjoy the same service and sense of community at each stage is a blessing.”
Over the last year, Wendell has been especially grateful for the ongoing care his brother has received through health troubles and a COVID-19 diagnosis.
“It’s such a comfort to know people are taking care of your loved ones when you can’t be there,” Wendell said.
One of the projects Wendell and his wife supported was an outdoor revitalization project, through a gift made in memory of Mary and Rose. Thanks to the generosity of the Balls and others in the community, residents have a calming place for contemplation and prayer.
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