WELCOME TO OUR “ABOUT” PAGE
Here on the "About" page of the Memories of Endearing Personalities website you can study the interesting smiling faces on many of our residents, you can catch a glimpse of the buildings they lived in and get a quick overview of our history. But, nothing better sums up what we offered to our residents than our brochure did. So we have included the entire c1998 brochure here in the main body of our about page.
However, our website is merely an outline of my
memoir and you won't know the rest of the story until you have gotten to know the hearts and minds of those who lived, worked and volunteered at Richardson House and East Samaria. The rest of the story is about those hearts and minds that come to life in the 40 vignettes concerning the endearing personalities profiled in my memoir. And the rest of the story is also about the unusual way it all began with a delayed answer to a prayer and to the challenges along the way that included; a major fire; almost being put out of business by bureaucracies on more than one occasion; having a broken promise by a bank put me in receivership; making the transition from a sole ownership for-profit company to a non-profit and answering to a board of directors; and the most scary of all, going into this unique business with no experience what-so-ever, working with people with disabilities. And finally, it's about the tragic crash landing that is documented in the epilogue.