The Upper Rooms
A New Model for Senior Living
Not one of us knows what manner of life we will have should God grant us a long life, but most of us want it to include independence, privacy, and choice, even as our need for supportive services grows. Upper Rooms, a 26-unit apartment building attached by an enclosed walkway to the RP Home, is a new concept in senior living. It is a collaborative financial effort between federal agencies, nonprofit charitable agencies, and private donors that has resulted in affordable housing with amenities and services normally associated with upscale senior housing.
Plans for Upper Rooms took shape in 2002 after RP Home administration met with a representative of the White House Office on Faith Based and Community Initiatives. President Bush believed that “Government cannot be replaced by charities, but it can and should welcome them as partners. We must heed the growing consensus across America that successful government social programs work in fruitful partnership with community-serving and faith-based organizations.”
Besides encouraging faith-based groups to apply, the federal government made other changes to its housing programs that have permitted our unique program to develop. Apartment buildings may be physically connected to health facilities, giving residents access to a broad array of support services.
In the Old Testament, God promised through his prophet Isaiah: “My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.” We are thankful that the Upper Rooms is a peaceful, secure, and restful home for seniors for many years to come.