An artist's rendering of The Hawthorne

The Hawthorne Charter October 2020

The Hawthorne Reaches Pre-Sales Goal! 

Thanks to strong interest in The Hawthorne this past summer, we have exceeded our goal of  70% pre-sales and construction has begun! And just for fun, we’ve captured the excitement of this big announcement in this video featuring Bryan Cooper, Executive Director, and building namesake Douglas Hawthorne. 

Thanks to you, the dream is a reality. And with your help, it can be for others, too. 

While this is exciting news for future Hawthorne residents, like yourself, more and more floor plans are selling out quickly. That means if you have friends who are interested in The Hawthorne but maybe have decided to wait, they may miss out completely. You can help. Encourage them to make an in-person or virtual appointment soon so they can start making plans to turn their dreams into reality, too.  

Making way for The Hawthorne 

Enjoy this video of the “2000 Building” being torn down to make way for The Hawthorne. 

Meet Your Future Neighbors

Barry and Terry Buchanan

Currently residents of the Lake Highlands area in Dallas, the Buchanans have lived, worked, and played in the Dallas area for decades. Terry has lived here all her life. Barry is originally from the high plains of Texas, Lubbock to be exact. He moved to Dallas after finishing college at Texas Tech University. He enjoys the trees and scenery here but does miss the 30- to 40-mile views that West Texas affords (but “I don’t miss the dust storms!” he says). 

Both Barry and Terry attended Texas Tech. Terry had never set foot in Lubbock prior to moving there for college, but many of her high school friends went there and she ended up happy with her choice. Barry started his college career at The Colorado School of Mines but transferred to Texas Tech when he realized he could get an equally good education with a smaller price tag at Tech.  

Barry and Terry near the Italian Amalfi coast.
Barry and Terry near the Italian Amalfi coast.

As she was finishing up her studies, Terry secured a teaching job in Dallas. Barry’s academic focus was on petroleum engineering, but as he was nearing graduation, there simply weren’t jobs in this field. So he stuck around Tech for another semester or two and got a degree in industrial engineering. Now Barry serves on an honorary engineering board there and goes back once a year to take part in that with other friends and fraternity brothers who are involved. The couple also travels to Lubbock for Barry’s high school reunions (“and they’re fun!” says Terry). His 60th reunion is scheduled for July 2021, and they hope to go. “Growing up when we did and going to school when we did was a real blessing,” says Terry. 

Though her degree was for elementary school, the person who hired Terry to teach thought she would do well teaching 7th grade (coincidentally, her mother also taught 7th grade). She taught in scenic Oak Cliff for two years and then did substitute teaching for several years after that. She is now retired. 

Barry is retired, too (“Finally!” laughs Terry). He was in engineering or engineering management for his whole career and worked at several companies, including Texas Instruments, Xerox, and Electronic Data Systems. For the last portion of his work life, Barry joined a consulting firm. He enjoyed the work but tired of the extensive traveling, and so for the last eight years of his career, he started his own small company and became his own boss. His main job was managing operations for a friend’s manufacturing company and training the friend’s son on how to manage and run the company. “It was probably the most fun I ever had,” says Barry. He stayed with them until the financial crisis hit in 2008 and then retired in 2009.  

The Buchanans had two daughters. Their older daughter, Jennifer, taught in Houston for 18 years and now lives in Delaware with her husband, who works for a global energy company. They have an adult son, grandchild to Barry and Terry. The family enjoys visiting one another regularly. 

Sadly, the Buchanans’ younger daughter passed away suddenly about ten years ago. She led a good life, working for the State Department and traveling all over the world.  

Barry and Terry love to travel. They have been all over Europe as well as to Brazil and Bermuda. They are particularly fond of Italy, and one of their favorite cities is Salzburg, Austria. The two have traveled in a variety of ways, including river cruises, and have a good friend in the travel business who has been very helpful in planning their trips. If travel restrictions associated with COVID-19 are lifted, they are considering a trip with extended family to England and Scotland for spring or fall of 2021. 

The Buchanans like to stay busy and active! Prior to COVID, Barry volunteered in a third-grade classroom twice a week. He had taught third-grade Sunday school for 17 years and particularly likes this age group. The kids he has been working with in the public school are primarily Hispanic and from low-income households. Barry most recently helped them with research projects about the United States. “It’s fun and I enjoy it,” he says. 

Barry is a Deacon at Park City Baptist Church. Terry also is involved in the church. Prior to Park City, the two attended another church for 55 years and remain friends with folks from their previous Sunday school class. Though this group of friends now attends a variety of different churches, they reunite as an independent bible study group and have met weekly for over ten years. 

For fun, Barry loves to be outdoors. “I’ve always been an outdoor guy,” he says.  He is a self-professed “yard nut…one of those crazy people that like working in the yard.” Barry has also taken up painting with the help of an artist friend who has mentored him. Terry likes to read, be out in the yard with Barry, and take part in lots of different social activities with friends.  

The Buchanans are looking forward to moving into The Hawthorne at PVN in the first quarter of 2022. They love their current home and neighborhood and have many good memories there. All the same, they felt that this was a good time to start the downsizing process. Life is unpredictable, and neither wants to leave the other, or their daughter, with the burden of dealing with the house. Because their move date is still a ways out, they will be able to pack at their leisure, which is a plus. 

Being the active individuals that they are, the Buchanans were interested in a senior living community with true independent living. They visited a number of places, but many were just not a good match for a variety of reasons. The Buchanans found PVN to be the right size (“I gotta have some space,” quips Barry) and they loved the beautiful grounds. One of the highlights of moving to PVN is that they don’t really see the need to change anything they’re currently doing—they will come and go as they please but will have the added bonus of great on-site facilities and new social opportunities. 

Barry and Terry found the PVN staff to be very professional. “They were so helpful, so nice…we really enjoyed visiting with them,” says Terry. They were also good at pointing out features the Buchanans hadn’t thought about, which helped enhance their overall view of the community.  

Another aspect of the move that the Buchanans are both excited about is the fact that their future home is entirely new. It will be the first time either has lived in new construction, and they look forward to getting to choose finishes, colors, etc. Fortunately, they generally like the same things! 

Liking the same things and genuinely enjoying one another’s company are key ingredients for a good life together. People have asked the Buchanans how they’ve done being secluded with one another during COVID-19 and Barry says, “It helps when you’re imprisoned with your best friend.”

Meet the Staff

Carolyn Mitchell, Director of Spiritual Life Department 

Carolyn Mitchell is Presbyterian Village North’s Director of Spiritual Life, a job that entails a variety of responsibilities and duties. She supervises PVN’s Associate Minister and Part-time Chaplain and also manages an off-campus staff member. She and her staff provide worship services, bible study, and community outreach. Yet, as Carolyn puts it, “First and foremost, I am a minister, ordained in the Presbyterian Church.” This calling is at the center of all she does.

At present, the Spiritual Life Department provides nine worship services a week—six on Sunday and three on Tuesdays (“We do a lot of worshipping around here!” says Carolyn). Bulletins for the week’s service are available via Cubigo (PVN’s resident communication tool).

In normal times, there are not this many services, but with the advent of COVID-19, there has been a need to provide more services in the interest of maintaining social distance. “We try to make sure each level of living has at least one worship service a week…it will be nice when we can get back to having everyone worshipping together; they really miss that, and we miss it too!” Carolyn says.  

In addition to the on-site live services, there is also a livestream church service of a local church available via broadcast in the chapel each Sunday. Three local churches provide transportation to their services for residents to and from PVN. “We tell the residents when they come that we’re not here to take the place of your church,” says Carolyn. Some take advantage of the provided transportation, while others will drive back and forth to their home churches.

Carolyn leads an in-depth bible study for 30 residents. She also has hosted workshops on spiritual practices, including a popular one that featured both a rabbi and a Muslim chaplain that addressed the similarities and differences among the faiths. In addition, Carolyn provides a grief support group quarterly. Her team does a lot of pastoral care–visiting residents in their homes and attending their functions. This “face time” is crucial; Carolyn notes, “You can tell a lot from actually visiting someone.” Prior to the pandemic, ministry staff would visit hospitalized residents. Though it was not by design, the three on-campus members of the Spiritual Life Department have their offices spread across the various levels of living at PVN, which has worked out well in these times when cross-contamination is a concern. Each area of PVN has someone they can go to when they are in need of a minister. Even after hours, the Spiritual Life Department is always available to residents. Someone is on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 

Carolyn first felt a call to ministry when she was a little girl, but at that time women weren’t ministers in the Presbyterian Church, nor were they elders or deacons.  She was interested in majoring in religion at college, but her father preferred that she study something that would land her a job. She did so, majoring in Biology. Her first career was as a Registered Medical Technologist, and she worked at St. Joseph Hospital in Houston. After her children were born, Carolyn continued this work part time.

When Carolyn and her family moved to The Woodlands, they joined a church and she became the church’s Certified Christian Educator. She directed that program for seven years and thought she had perhaps finally “answered the call” she had felt so long ago. However, this was not the end of the story… a voice kept whispering at Carolyn to go to seminary. So, after their second child graduated from high school, Carolyn and her husband moved to Austin so that she could attend Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. (An agreeable husband with a portable job helped the situation!) Three years later, Carolyn earned her Master’s Degree in Divinity. She got a call to be a solo pastor at John Calvin Presbyterian Church in Dallas, where she served for eight years. When the position at PVN came up, a couple of friends suggested she apply. The work appealed to her, she interviewed, and the rest is history. She has now been at PVN for six years. 

Carolyn’s hands-down favorite thing about working at PVN is the resident population. “They are just absolutely delightful and you cannot help but love them,” she says. “They’ve lived amazing lives. I love to hear their stories,” she adds. She has met WWII heroes, authors, doctors, lawyers, Great Depression survivors, Great Society builders, and everything in between. “It’s just phenomenal the things that they have done,” she says. She also notes how appreciative everyone is of the work the Spiritual Life staff does.  

Carolyn also loves the people with whom she works. “This group is probably the most dedicated and enthusiastic group of people I have ever worked with,” she says, then adds, “they truly care about each other and the residents.” 

In her free time, Carolyn enjoys time spent with family. Her husband works as a Claims Manager for a commercial insurance company. Their children are grown, and her son and daughter-in-law live in Houston while her daughter—also a Presbyterian minister—lives in Karnes City. She is very close to both of her kids and her extended family, and they spend a lot of time together (“Family is huge for me,” she says). Carolyn also likes to ride her bike, walk with their dog, and read mystery novels. 

Presbyterian Village North Foundation (PVNF) is “the Heartbeat of the Village.” An apt name for an organization that not only takes care of PVN residents in times of need and want, but also provides for their comfort and well-being through funding numerous campus building projects. In addition, the Foundation has granted research dollars in areas of particular relevance to the PVN population. The “Heartbeat” also includes care of the soul, presenting entertainment to residents through a high-quality cultural arts program.

The Foundation’s primary purpose is to serve PVN and its residents; however, it also benefits other worthy and benevolent causes when appropriate. The organization is operated, run, and managed primarily by residents with a nine-member board. The board is supported and advised by an additional group of honorary trustees and two paid staff members. Current PVN resident and Chairman of the Board Bob Maier leads the Foundation. Bob is knowledgeable about all facets of the organization and can answer any question you may have with kindness and ease. “I’m very honored to serve on this Foundation,” says Bob. “It’s a delight and really heartwarming,” he adds. 

Chairman Bob Maier

The PVN Foundation was founded in 1984 by then resident Dr. Don Leonard. Leonard saw a need for providing assistance to PVN residents who had outlived their financial resources and faced having to leave their homes. He thus established what is now referred to as the Residents’ Assistance Fund and is available to those who meet certain criteria, have lived at PVN for at least six years and, through no fault of their own, cannot afford to stay. Since its establishment, the Foundation has provided about $33 million dollars in grants, with over $14 million of this amount to help residents in need. 

In addition to the Residents’ Assistance Fund, the Foundation seeks to enhance the quality of life of PVN residents by providing grants for campus improvements, services, and cultural programs. Projects funded by the PVN Foundation include the Lifestyle Fitness Center, the Café, the Monie Chapel, the perimeter fencing, and numerous passenger buses. The PVN Foundation’s Chautauqua Series brings art and culture to PVN in the form of musicians, high-profile lecturers, and other talented performers. 

The PVN Resident Chautauqua Committee

The most recent project being funded by the PVN Foundation is a new campus gatehouse, construction of which is scheduled to begin this month. Security of PVN residents is of the utmost importance and a primary interest of the Foundation. The gatehouse will be the control center for all security matters on campus. 

The new gatehouse will be at the front of the PVN campus. It will have great drive-up appeal in addition to providing up-to-date facilities. The building will comprise about 800 square feet, inclusive of the under-roof drive-through lanes. All traffic in and out of the PVN campus will be monitored via these gated lanes, one of which will be dedicated to residents, who will be able to come and go without checking in with the guard. In addition to the gatehouse itself, construction will include new sidewalks, warning signs, and additional safety precautions for those walking nearby, plus all necessary drainage systems. The PVN Foundation is providing 1.3 million dollars to build the new gatehouse and its environs. 

When deemed appropriate, the PVN Foundation also gives grants to projects outside of PVN’s walls. The Foundation has had a close working relationship with The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School since the early 1990s. 

The PVN Foundation funded a Distinguished Chair in Therapeutic Alzheimer’s Research there. It also made a contribution to research and development for a vaccine that halts Alzheimer’s. The treatment of Alzheimer’s disease is a cause near and dear to PVN residents. Helping combat this disease contributes to the welfare of the people of PVN and the world. 

The current value of the PVN Foundation’s assets is about 45 million dollars. Over the years, the Foundation has had an aggregate influence of about 100 million dollars. Despite these impressive numbers, it has not had to do any formal fundraising. Residents and sometimes friends of residents have made sufficient donations to the cause. Good investments and word of mouth have kept its numbers high. The board itself has a lot to do with this. “We’ve been very fortunate to have people that have extremely high qualifications,” says Bob. Most everyone involved with the Foundation was or is a leader in their field, from statisticians, to published authors, to high-level attorneys and business powerhouses. All volunteer their time and talent to make the Foundation as strong as it is. These volunteer hours help to keep expenses and operating costs very low. Bob notes, “I am very proud of the people I associate with as part of the Foundation.” PVNF does recognize donors who meet certain criteria through an annual dinner referred to as the Gateway Society Dinner. 

Though PVN Foundation numbers are big, sometimes it’s the little things that matter. A while back, the Foundation purchased battery-powered lanterns for every PVN resident. These lanterns ended up coming in quite handy when a tornado blew through and left PVN without power for several days. As Bob puts it, “We really brought light when it was needed!”

October 6 VIP Virtual Social Hour

We kicked off our biggest and best virtual social hour yet with a toast from Monika Pearce, Residential Sales Counselor.

“There are some people in life that make you laugh a little louder, smile a little bigger, and live just a little bit better. Here’s to finding lots of those people at PVN.”

Get to know your future neighbors

Get acquainted with your future Hawthorne neighbors even before you move in. Simply click on the link below to submit your information to be included in our Future Hawthorne Resident Directory.

Please note, your information will not be shared except with other future Hawthorne residents. Only future Hawthorne residents will have access to the directory. 

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Simply contact us and we’ll take care of it!

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Save the Date

Be on the lookout for invitations to these upcoming events!

Tuesday, November 10 at 11 AM
Gratitude Event

We have so much to be grateful for, every day.

Our residents. Our beautiful campus. And new projects, like The Hawthorne, that give us a chance to serve even more. So we’re sharing the love—our guests will receive a gratitude journal to take home and enjoy.

Our Associate Minister of Spiritual Life, Denise Odom, will lead us in thoughtful discussions on gratitude, sharing abundance, and how these pillars inform every aspect of life at PVN.

Your safety is our top priority: Masks required. Socially distanced check-in and seating. Hand sanitizer available.

Tuesday, December 1st at 2 PM
Holiday Groundbreaking Celebration

We’d be delighted if you’d join us alongside Douglas D. Hawthorne, our featured speaker and the building’s namesake, to mark the groundbreaking for your future home, The Hawthorne.

Watch your mail for an invitation!