Pictured, left to right, are: Franklin Farrow, Morning Pointe Senior Living co-founder and CEO; Rob Taylor, president of the Caldsted Foundation Board; Joanna King, Caldsted executive drector; and Greg A. Vital, Morning Pointe Senior Living co-founder and president
Morning Pointe Senior Living has donated a handicap accessible bus to the Caldsted Foundation, Inc. of Chattanooga.
Morning Pointe Co-Founders Greg A. Vital and Franklin Farrow presented the bus to Chairman of the Caldsted Foundation Board Rob Taylor, as well as Caldsted Foundation Executive Director Joanna King.
Caldsted provides independent and retirement living to low- to mid-income seniors, including meals, maintenance, utilities, housekeeping and laundry,
“The Caldsted Foundation allows individuals to remain independent without having to call on family or assistance,” said Ms.
King. “We’re going to use the bus to transport the residents to the grocery store, the pharmacy and on outings.”
The 12-seater bus includes a wheelchair lift. It is the Caldsted Foundation’s first wheelchair-accessible bus.
Morning Pointe Senior Living had recently replaced the bus at one of its campuses when Mr. Taylor reached out and asked if there happened to be any vehicles available.
Ms. King added that her team hopes to have the bus ready to use for the Christmas season.
In the spirit of the Thanksgiving season, Mr. Vital said, “Morning Pointe tries to lift everyone up – that is what this is all about. We love having an opportunity to pass along our blessings, and I know the people at Caldsted will put this vehicle to good use in serving their seniors just as we have served our Morning Pointe residents.”
Founded in 1997, Morning Pointe Senior Living owns and operates 37 assisted living and Alzheimer’s memory care communities in five southeastern states. These include six campuses in Chattanooga, Collegedale, East Hamilton and Hixson. The 38th Morning Pointe community, Morning Pointe at Happy Valley, will celebrate its Grand Opening in Walker County on Dec. 12.