WLRC seeks to provide services that meet the physical, social, psychological, and spiritual needs of the residents and that also contribute to the maximization of their health, security, happiness, and usefulness.
WLRC seeks to maintain financial solvency to assure continuation of the retirement facility for the benefit of current and future residents.
As a not-for-profit organization, Willamette Lutheran Retirement Community is mindful of the social concerns and priorities of the community.
Non-Profit Status and Social Accountability
A non-profit organization is one that does not distribute its surplus funds (profits) to owners or shareholders, but instead uses them to help pursue its own goals. A non-profit organization is allowed to have a surplus of revenues over expenditures, otherwise it would fail or stagnate. While they are able to earn a profit, more accurately called a surplus, such earnings must be retained by the organization for its self-preservation, expansion and future plans. The surplus is not subject to income tax as long as the funds are received and spent to fulfill its mission as enumerated in its tax exemption request.
Social Accountability is a process by which an organization justifies its charitable mission, non-profit status and its benefit to the community or society. This can be done through financial statements or by “telling your story”. The purpose is to earn public trust, enhance its reputation and increase the confidence of the consumers it serves and their families.
Some of the things that Willamette Lutheran does to benefit our community and to positively affect those outside of our campus are:
- Partner with Easter Seals for job experience and training
- Partner with Centennial School for job experience in food service and housekeeping
- Training opportunities, job site for Garten Foundation
- Staff involvement with the Keizer Iris Festival Parade
- Site for AARP Driver’s Safety Class
- Staff participation with Rotary Club (serving as President)
- Fundraising for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Relay for Life
- Pastors Networking
- Job shadowing for local students
- A community blood pressure clinic twice weekly
- Donations and fundraising for the 50+ Center and Keizer Senior Center
- Staff involvement with Keizer Chamber of Commerce (Board of Directors)
- Donation of food to Marion Polk Food Share
- Partner with Oak Street Church – food and staff to serve the Silverton Community
- Supporting local charities such as Union Gospel Mission, Teen Challenge, H2O, Habitat for Humanity, Salem for refugees, Simonka House, Alzheimer’s Association, and Women’s Crisis Center.
- Supporting Salem/Keizer Schools and other youth programs
References: Wikipedia.com and AAHSA.org