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Friendship, Love & Truth, Ennis Now Magazine Article, Jan. 2017
Posted on Jan 3rd, 2017
The Odd Fellow & Rebekah Home for the Aged, a.k.a. the I.O.O.F. Retirement Center was featured in the Ennis Now Magazine, January 2017 Edition:
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Quilting for the American Red Cross
Posted on Jan 3rd, 2017
Posted in the Odd Fellow News of Texas, December 2016 Edition:
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IOOF reopens, ready for residents
Posted on Sep 24th, 2015
IOOF reopens, ready for residents
As published by The Ennis Daily News,
Thursday, August 6, 2015 Edition
by Mark Ward
Jennifer Mitchell-Cheshire is the new director at the
IOOF Retirement Center.
     One of Ennis’ oldest pillars, the IOOF Retirement Center, has returned after a brief 10 months hiatus.
     Now 105 years old, the Home for the Aged closed its doors towards the end of 2014, the same year area residents voted it the Best of the Best in The Ennis Daily News.  During that interlude, the facilities at 2302 S. Oak Grove Rd. have undergone upgrades in some areas, new floors in rooms, fresh paint and is still being spruced up for new occupants.
     “We’ve reopened for business”, said new director Jennifer Mitchell-Cheshire.  “After being temporarily closed, we’re now ready for residency.”
     The Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) is part pf a national group that originated in Corsicana.  Over the years, they have operated a school, an orphanage, and served the needs of older adults.  The IOOF Nursing Home continues next door, though the two campuses function on their own.
     When the Retirement Center closed, there were 28 senior citizens who called it home.  Already there are five in the few weeks since it reopened.  One of two sections, roughly half of its rooms, is receiving newcomers.  Once complete, the second wing will begin doing the same.
     “We are busy renewing things,” Mitchell said on Wednesday.  “Different sized rooms, each with various features, are being completed.”
     Most rooms are for single adults, though some are available for couples.  The basic room is akin to a small studio, including a private toilet while sharing a community shower room.
     Also available is a larger studio.  It has a full bathroom and a small living area.  Then there is a two-room suite.  It has one bedroom and separate living area, though it can accommodate single or double occupancy.
     Mitchell described the difference between benefits for those at the retirement center and people living in the adjacent nursing home.
     “Adults are on their own here,” she illustrated.  “They are responsible for their meds, housecleaning, laundry, and personal hygiene, though those services can be ordered.”
     Dynamics included at the home for the aged are three meals a day, transportation to visit local doctors, and weekly trips in town for shopping at Walmart and other stores.  The retirement center has a beauty shop for weekly appointments, library, sewing room, a quilting room, chapel services, and other scheduled activities.
     Mitchell listed some of them as bingo and movie nights, while family fun events - where children and grandchildren are invited to visit and participate.
     A tour of the IOOF facility, which also goes by the name Odd Fellows & Rebekah Retirement Center, reveals spacious social areas, a large dining room, game room, a modern kitchen, large screen TV’s, and plenty of fenced in farmland surrounding the complex.
     The City of Ennis donated over 100 acres to the IOOF at its current location.  Builders constructed the center for the first time in 1928.  There were about 60 residents on its grounds that year.  It lasted until 1970 when the present center was fabricated.
     More information is available, including a tour, by calling 972-875-8641, or by visiting www.iooftx.org.

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