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Residents Move to New Baptist Home

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Residents at the Baptist Health Care Center says "I'll Be Home for Christmas."

The day has finally come to move to their brand new building.

Shirley Hart, belongings in tow, leaves her home behind.

"I kind of was nervous about it. But everybody assured me I was going in to a new building and that they thought I would like it more," says Shirley Hart, resident.

The Baptist Health Care Center and all 140 of its residents are making the move to a brand new home.

"Exciting day. Volunteers helping, staff working above and beyond the call of duty. A lot of planning. Exciting day," says Augie Pepple, Administrator, Baptist Health Care Center.

The new facility offers efficiency, safety, and a home-like feel.

Along with transitioning to a new home, the health care center and local and state emergency management agencies are using this as an opportunity for an evacuation exercise.

"We're evacuating the residents in a mock type situation, but truly what we're doing today is the same thing that we would do during a true emergency," says Crystalynn Kuntz, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator.

"How much time does it really take to evacuate. You know, we're on slow speed, you know, don't want to get our residents excited. If it was an emergency, we would be wheeling and dealing but, more or less, appreciate the amount of time it does take to move in the event of an emergency," says Pepple.

Residents bundle up to the max and tough out the bitter cold to get to their new place.

"It was kind of nippy when I got off the bus though. That cold air didn't welcome me very much," says Hart.

But what did welcome Shirley were the friendly smiling faces and a warm new home...just in time for the holidays.

"I think Christmas came early for our residents, our staff also," says Pepple.

"It's my first Christmas present of the year," says Hart.

Ruth Meiers purchased the old Baptist Home to expand their services to the homeless population.

Under current zoning the land can only be used for multi family or transitional housing.

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