From retail to a publications company, Randy Lemmons has worked a wide variety of positions. But as Topeka Presbyterian Manor's new activities assistant, he can say this is a mission.
"This truly gives me an opportunity for ministry. My favorite part of the job is interacting with residents individually. They took me in quickly and gave me such a warm welcome."
Randy's own mother will soon be looking for a senior living community, and he hopes she finds a new home here.
"You can't work somewhere like here if you don't like people. Everyone that works here loves interacting with the residents, and that makes it a great place to live."
In addition to just simply enjoying conversing with residents, Randy knows how truly important it is.
"It's an opportunity to be an outside contact. Several residents ask me daily, 'What’s the weather doing?' They just want to talk with someone who's been outside, someone willing to talk to them and listen to them. It helps them still feel valuable, valid."
When Randy isn't making friends at Topeka Presbyterian Manor, he enjoys singing karaoke and playing pool, in addition to making and playing Native American flutes.
"I have a Native American heritage, and I enjoy sharing the music with others. I've also enjoyed singing with the residents. It blesses me to be able to serve the residents here. It's truly a calling."