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Presbyterian Manor nurse feels compelled to give back

Each payday, a small amount of money is deducted from Teresa Scoles’ check. Those funds benefit programs at Wichita Presbyterian Manor.

Though she has been giving for some time, Teresa hasn’t always been a regular donor. The first time she lent financial support to PMMA’s mission was during the Christmas season when each community has an “angel tree” to encourage community and family members to donate to the Good Samaritan Program. Those funds help provide for Presbyterian Manor residents who have outlived their financial means through no fault of their own. It ensures that residents will have a lifetime home.

That was at Sterling Presbyterian Manor, where Teresa worked before transferring to Wichita seven years ago. In May, the registered nurse celebrated 25 years with PMMA.

Teresa’s donations also support the PMMA Employee Education Fund, which provides financial assistance to Presbyterian Manor employees who further their education in their field.

She has enjoyed watching “CNAs turn into CMAs, CMAs turn into LPNs and down the line.”

“When I was director of nursing, I encouraged that, and several employees took advantage of the program,” Teresa said. “I got to watch them grow in their education and career.”

Donations may be earmarked for specific programs. Equal amounts of Teresa’s regular contributions go to the Good Samaritan Program, the Employee Scholarship Program, and an unrestricted fund that Presbyterian Manor leadership can use at their discretion.

Why donate to the same place that issues her paycheck? For Teresa, it’s simple.

“PMMA is such a good place to work, and the mission is to provide quality services guided by Christian values,” she said. “If employees agree with our mission, how can we not give back?”

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