Susie Lame and Episcopal Retirement Homes are Taking a Leap For Affordable Living Communities
Susie Lame isn’t afraid of heights. Well, at a minimum she’s less afraid of heights than she is passionate about her latest project. As the newest board member at Episcopal Retirement Homes (ERH), Lame is chairing an event to raise money and awareness for ERH’s affordable living communities. On June 12 and 13, Susie’s work will culminate with the Over the Edge for Elders event at the Central YMCA on Elm Street. Over two days, supporters of ERH will be rappelling down a high-rise building to raise money for affordable care for elders. ERH is currently renovating the top six floors of the building into 65 limited-income senior apartments that will be called Parkway Place at the Central Y. Susie and the rest of the organizers are hoping to raise more than $200,000 at the event.
To pull off such an exciting and ambitious event, ERH is partnering with Over the Edge, an organization that puts on special events to help nonprofit organizations raise funding and awareness. According to Lame, the major fundraising goal for Over the Edge for Elders is to fund support services at its Affordable Living Communities. “We think it’s important not just to give these seniors a safe and comfortable place to live, but to provide them with a community that provides for dignity and a high quality of life,” says Lame. Support services include fitness activities, entertainment, spiritual and intellectual activities, computer availability and training, lending libraries and transportation. “A housing crisis is rapidly approaching,” according to Lame. “Seniors in need of quality living conditions outnumber available apartments 10 to 1, and the problem continues to grow,” says Lame. “At ERH, we are attempting to make a difference for these seniors and our community as a whole.”
Over the Edge and a Chance to Toss Your Boss
Signup has already begun for those who will be going “Over the Edge for Elders” June 12 and 13. “Edgers,” as they are called, will rappel down a 10-story building to raise money. The two-day event will kick off Friday night with the ERH annual fundraising barbecue and dinner, “CELEBRATE!” Ten celebrity Edgers will rappel down the building Friday night to get things started. Not only will Lame herself be rappelling, but she’s been spending the last few months recruiting others to join her. “We have generated a lot of excitement,” says Lame. “I’m especially excited for the ‘toss your boss’ event.” “Toss your boss” gives employees a chance to donate to see their bosses go over the edge.
“There are different ways to participate in the rappelling and a number of other ways to support the event,” explains Lame. “First, anyone can be an Edger, to do that you have to contribute or raise $1,000.” As an organization, you can also “toss your boss.” Companies that raise $2,500 will get to see their boss go over the edge.
There are other ways to get involved as well. “We want everyone to be able to enjoy themselves while supporting our seniors,” says Lame. “You can support an Edger with a tax-deductible donation, join an Edger team or attend the VIP party and enjoy beer and barbecue while watching others go over the edge,” explains Lame. “Anyone who wants to get involved can find all of the information they will need at ote4elders.org.”
Susie Lame and Episcopal Retirement Homes
Since 1951, ERH has worked to improve the lives of older adults through innovative, quality senior living communities and through community services to older adults. ERH believes in providing dignity and comfort to seniors regardless of their financial situation, with 12 affordable care communities and two premier communities. According to Lame, who became acquainted with ERH last year when her parents moved into the Deupree House, that’s just the start. “It is our stated goal to operate 30 limited-income senior residences by 2020,” says Lame. “We have an enormous need in our community and a long way to go,” says Lame, “so we aren’t wasting any time.”
ERH also operates in-home and community-based services including their geriatric care management service, Living Well Senior Solutions; delivers 75,000 Meals on Wheels annually; and provides counsel and support to 80 churches to renew their role in health care through advocacy, education and wellness programs through Parish Health Ministry. For more information, visit www.episcopalretirement.com, or call 513.272.5555. ext. 4288