Administrator’s Message – Twin Cities Pavilion
Ruth R. Lovejoy
Twin Cities Pavilion was established in 1981 in response to a growing population of older residents that no longer felt secure living alone. At that time the Okaloosa County Council on Aging recognized the crisis in care for frail at-risk elderly. A request for the outdated County Hospital building was submitted to the Okaloosa Board of County Commissioners. In a tremendous leap of faith the Commissioners voted to commit the building for the care of the elderly.
Twin Cities Pavilion was the result of a Community Caring. Volunteers from local groups, organizations, churches, clubs and individuals joined Vista volunteer, David Shuler of Wilkes Barre, PA, and RSVP volunteers to scrape, sand, scrub, repair and paint. Prisoners from the Federal Prison at Eglin and the State Prison in Crestview became invaluable work crews refurbishing the building.
Paint, wallpaper, furnishings and equipment were provided by the community.
Twin Cities Pavilion became a welcoming home caring for the frailest amongst us for over thirty years. It remains in the heart of the community and is well served by the people of the community and the Board of County Commissioners.
Administrator’s Message – Crestview Manor
Ruth R. Lovejoy
As we breathed a sigh of relief after completing the enormous task of preparing Twin Cities Pavilion, Margaret Gebauer, President of Okaloosa County Council on Aging Board of Directors, thought it a magnificent venture that needed to be repeated on the old Crestview Hospital for North County residents.
The Crestview community was equally eager to help make a safe place for the elderly in North County and once again the Board of County Commissioners saw the need and provided the building.
With generous hearts and hands of local people and businesses, the old hospital became home for many elderly and handicapped.
Tomi Crofut, President of the Silver Haired Legislature Senate, was one of the most staunch advocator and supporter of our effort.
For the many who make the facility a reality, Crestview Manor stands as testimony to people who loved and worked to make a safe home for their aging neighbors.
Twin Cities Pavilion Crestview Manor
Provided by: Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners
Made possible By caring People.
In honor of a generation
Who worked as hard as they could
Who ran as fast as they could
Tried their best.
May the gift of years
Fond memories, gentle days
And quiet joys
Surrounded by those who
Honor all ages.