Rev. Jim Maxwell is a retired minister who served St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Ferndale from 1979 to 2004. His wife, Mardi is a retired social worker. Jim’s jogging buddy, a Methodist pastor, had mentioned UMRC to Jim. When a neuromuscular disease limited Jim’s mobility, he and Mardi decided to check it out. They moved into the Prairie Cottages in 2017.
“A great deal of vision is demonstrated at the Prairie Cottages in its lay-out that allows us to remain independent and that feels like a community within a community,” says Mardi.
UMRC’s Guiding Belief of Inclusiveness is important to Jim and Mardi who have made the UMRC Foundation part of their annual giving. “We appreciate the wholeness of the mission of UMRC, and its concern and care for people’s well-being,” says Jim. “We believe in Jesus’ attitude toward the world, that no one is a stranger, and that we must minister to those who are sick and need healing. We applaud the UMRC Foundation for supporting the Benevolent Care Fund for its work in helping area seniors through its community grants.”