A glimpse into daily life at
Abundant Christian Living Community.
Abundant Christian Living Community and BroadRiver Rehab would like to recognize Patty Bryja, CNA, who is currently serving as the Rehab Restorative Nursing Aide. Patty’s position is special to our facility in that she works under the guidance of the Licensed Therapist in providing additional therapy services to residents to improve strength, range of motion and mobility. The additional services can even shorten the length of time a person requires with therapy to meet their functional goals and returning to home or their other desired living environment.
Patty can always be seen laughing and smiling and keeps the residents laughing and smiling as well. She makes each resident feel special and attempts to structure their therapy sessions with her around something they are interested in and enjoy.
Prior to joining the Rehab Team, Patty served as a Certified Nursing Assistant in the local hospital systems for over 10 years. Abundant Christian Living Community thanks Patty for her hard work and dedication to improve the lives of those we serve.
Abundant Christian Living Community was proud to sponsor lunch for the Johnson City Senior Center Foundation's Annual Golf Tournament. The Foundation supports community members in need of assistance as well as providing resources to the Senior Citizens Center.
Happy 95th Birthday to Tower resident, Martha Forbes! Martha celebrated the special day with family and residents of Abundant Christian Living Community. She has been a part of our family for 16 years and we are lucky to have such a sweet lady.
The residents and staff at Abundant Christian Living Rehabilitation kicked off Nursing Home Week with a Classical 50’s Day. Residents and staff enjoyed banana splits while playing 50s bingo to celebrate the era.
Blanca Miller and Sue Lavoie enjoyed the beautiful weather recently by spending time outdoors on their patios before the next wave of Blackberry Winter hits. The ladies are looking forward to more Spring-like weather and seeing the beauty of the courtyard come to life.
Joyce Miller who recently moved to ACLC, celebrated her 77th birthday with friends and family. Daughter, Holly Milhorn, provided cake and flowers for her mom and friends. Daughter Heather Penley and Ms. Miller's sister, Eloise Morgan also came to share in her special day.
Welcome to Jack Ramey our newest resident at Abundant Christian Living Community. Jack is originally from the area and has moved from Charlotte back to Johnson City to be near family. He is excited to form new friendships at ACLC and be involved in the Church community. Please join us in welcoming Jack to our family.
102 years of life! “We don’t have birthdays anymore, but we still will party.”
Abundant Christian Living Community’s Harriett Paduch celebrated her 102nd Birthday Saturday, March 26, with her family and ACLC friends. Ms. Paducah has been a resident of the community since 2019 and a resident of Johnson City since 1953. She and her late husband, Ben resided in Brooklyn, New York for several years before moving to Northeast Tennessee.
Harriet attended an all-girls industrial school in Brooklyn where she earned a certificate in dressmaking in 1936. The school taught numerous trades for students to be able to join the work force upon receiving a diploma. “That was the best thing I ever did because I had a job waiting for me when I got out.” After graduation, Harriet began her first job at AT&T as a long -distance operator. “Back in those days, you couldn’t dial like you do now.” Harriett was a gifted artist and enjoyed sketching for work and as a hobby.
After working for the phone company, Harriet decided she’d pursue her passion for dressmaking, which led to her meeting Ben. Her talents allowed for her to design dresses for women to wear to formal events.
“I remember I went to a dance in Fort Hamilton. They recruited girls to dance with the soldiers and that’s where I met the love of my life, Ben. “
Ben and Harriet went on to get married in Middletown, New York, while Ben worked as a trouble shooter for Montgomery Ward. His job allowed them to travel across the country, as the couple began starting their family. Harriet and Ben welcomed six children, and each were born in a different state between the years of 1940 and 1953. The couple would later become grandparents to 16 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren.
They came to Tennessee shortly after the birth of their youngest child and Ben became an entrepreneur of “Ben’s Sport’s Shop.” Harriet said, “My husband always had a dream of running a sports store and he found the perfect place to do it for many years.”
The Paduch’s were married nearly 70 years before the passing of Ben in 2008. Harriet expressed that her husband was her best friend, and they don’t make men better than Ben Paduch. When asked about her most cherished memory, she said, ““having a good husband is the first thing. You have to find someone who is going to support your dreams and raise children the right way. And then you have to learn to love the little moments in life.”
Ms. Harriet Paduch is a wonderful staple to our independent living community, and we are very blessed to see her celebrate another great year of life. Help us wish her a Happy 102nd Birthday!
Happy Long Term Care Administrator’s Week!
Nyda Bays serves as the Executive Director of Abundant Christian Living Community Independent Living. Nyda has served in LTC for the last 25 years and recently transitioned to the Independent Living Community from the ACLC Rehabilitation Center. During Nyda’s time at ACLC and Maple Crest, she has made sure that the residents of IL have had access to COVID-19 Vaccinations and testing without having to leave the campus while continuing to provide service and facility improvements.
Nyda moved to East Tennessee from Bell County, KY and if you didn’t already know, she is a HUGE Kentucky fan which makes game days with UT quite interesting around the community. Nyda and her team are definitely super heroes for their service to the Independent Living Community. Happy Long Term Care Administrator’s Week!
Happy Long Term Care Administrator’s Week!
Tyler Colbaugh serves as the Executive Director of Abundant Christian Living Community Rehabilitation Center and Assisted Living Facility. Tyler began his career in LTC working as the Business Office Manager and assisting with opening a new facility in Bristol.
During this time, he became licensed as a Nursing Home Administrator and then transitioned to Christian Care Center of Unicoi County where he served as the Executive Director before coming to ACLC.
During Tyler’s time at ACLC, he has stepped up as a leader in the fight against COVID-19 working hard to protect residents and staff. Tyler is a graduate of East Tennessee State University and is an avid ETSU and UT fan.
Tyler and his team at ACLC are truly super heroes for their continued service to our community and the health care industry. Happy Long Term Care Administrator’s Week!
New friends can show up at different stages of your life. Harriett Vanlew, Judy Taylor, Joyce Miller, and Mary Lou Spencer look forward to sharing their evening meal together and enjoying each other's company. These wonderful ladies would love to have you drop by and visit and consider making ACLC your home too.
Happy 94th Birthday to Ms. Sarah Aurbey who resides at Abundant Christian Living Community Independent Living. Sarah and her daughter celebrated her special day on Tuesday, March 15 by sharing birthday cake with all of her friends at ACLC.
Look for our new banner in the Johnson City Mall!
Independent Living Tower resident, Violet Myers, celebrated her 100th Birthday with her daughter and granddaughter at the annual Valentine's Day Dinner. Ms. Myers has been a resident of the community for six years and loves sharing special memories like these with her friends that she calls family.
Friends at Abundant Christian Living Community Independent Living gathered to celebrate the annual Valentine’s Day Dinner.
Sweethearts and friends alike shared a steak dinner while enjoying classical love songs played by Scott Reynolds on the piano. The community looks forward to this yearly tradition where they share their love for each other as a community and family.
Abundant Christian Living Community Independent Living Tower Residents celebrated National Kazoo Day on January 28, 2022. The group took a few minutes away from social distancing to gather and perform some of their favorite songs.
Join us in wishing Sarah Collier a Happy 106th Birthday!
Sarah celebrated with a party consisting of family and friends at Abundant Christian Living Community Independent Living. Sarah is the oldest Independent Living resident and has lived at ACLC since 2005.
Bob Collier joined his mother along with her best friends’ daughter, Nancy Giles and many of her friends at the community in celebrating this milestone.
News Channel 5, the Johnson City Press and News & Neighbor interviewed Sarah about what it is like to be 106 years old. Sarah stated “ you shouldn’t do too much because everything changes”.
The staff and her family at ACLC are honored to have her a part of the community. Visit WCYB.com to hear the special tribute story of Sarah Collier.
Abundant Christian Living Community Independent Living would like to welcome residents Tony and Julia Martin as the newest tenants in the Tower.
The Martins are Johnson City natives and are very excited to be part of a community that takes away the stress of maintaining a residential home. Mrs. Martin’s mother was a tenant in the Tower several years ago and Mrs. Martin has been able to bring back some of the same antique furnishings that her mother used in the Tower. The Martin’s shared, “We are glad we have found our forever home.”
January 4, 2022
Abundant Christian Living Community Rehabilitation Center incorporated working on fine motor skills while having Christmas fun painting ornaments and decorating Christmas cookies. Residents enjoyed getting into the Christmas spirit while participating in activities such as dancing to Christmas music and sharing their favorite Christmas traditions.