Mission, Vision, and Values

AT ALDERSGATE:

We HONOR elders and are committed to creating and fostering diverse, caring communities where everyone has voice and value.

ALDERSGATE VALUE STATEMENT:

Embracing Diversity and Inclusion

We are an inclusive organization that values the richness of diversity and allows each individual the opportunity to contribute their gifts in significant ways to the success of the organization and the betterment of our community.

A STATEMENT FROM THE ALDERSGATE BOARD OF DIRECTORS ABOUT DIVERSITY, INCLUSION and EQUITY:

Aldersgate is located in the uniquely diverse East Charlotte Community. In 2016, the Board of Directors at Aldersgate engaged to develop an organization-wide diversity and inclusion strategic plan to be implemented and evaluated ongoing. Our organization is committed to embracing diversity and treating everyone with dignity and respect, and to support an inclusive culture. The ultimate goal is to make Aldersgate more equitable for elders we serve, staff, and board members by fully embracing all dimensions of diversity including race, age, religion, color, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, disability, culture, socioeconomic status, and other facets of life that make our community unique.

 

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June 14, 2019

Aldersgate Elders Act Out at the McGlohon Theater

Playworks Productions and Aldersgate are proud to present “Acting Our Age: A Century of America in Seven Voices” on June 19 & 20, 2019.

Seven lively elders are the focus of Acting Our Age, a unique theatre and video experience that traces the lives of these seven Americans from childhood to the present. Ranging in age from 73 to 95 years old, their lives intersect with nearly every major cultural and historical development in the United States over the past 100 years. Acting Our Age will be staged at Spirit Square’s McGlohon Theater June 19 and 20, 2019 at 7pm. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, and are available through www.carolinatix.org, 704-372-1000.

The seven participants are residents of Aldersgate Life Plan Community in Charlotte, North Carolina. Aldersgate COO Jeff Weatherhead commissioned Dr. Lyndall Hare and director Steve Umberger to create Acting Our Age in association with The Playworks Group. “We are proud to be facilitating this special program,” says Weatherhead, “as it fits so perfectly with the first three words of our mission statement: We honor elders. It has been a joy to see the connections being made among the participants, and to see how one story fits into another and how the collective story has shaped all our lives.”

In their 10 decades, the seven participants have experienced the Depression, the Civil Rights Movement, the rise of corporate America, and fours wars. They also represent the growing senior community, the fastest-growing segment of the population. The Census Bureau projects it will outnumber children in the U.S. by 2035. The seven in Acting Our Age who have seen America's seismic changes are June Connerton (95), Betty Cowan (95), Dot Horne (95), George Moffat (85), Norman Pollock (85), Bob Payet (74), and Andie Payet (73).

The first-generation immigrant experience in America is also represented in the group, with participants’ immediate families having come from Ireland, France, Armenia, and Syria. The seven have lived in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, California, Texas, Virginia, Massachusetts, New York, Maryland, Minnesota, Delaware, Illinois, Tennessee, and Washington, D.C. representing the broad and diverse canvas of the United States. Their careers have been a very eclectic mix of choices including one being a “Rosie the Riveter,” and another an actress who began her career at 60.

Aldersgate is a community of interesting, creative and social elders. Come respect and reflect on the wisdom of our elders.

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