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Celebrating our heritage

Presbyterian Manors Of Mid-America has a 75-year tradition of providing quality senior services guided by Christian values.

Our story began in 1947, when Mrs. Alice Kalb asked the Presbyterian Church to build a home for her and other older people. Two years later, the group purchased land in Newton, Kansas in what was the first community for Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America.

That same level of caring and forethought is what’s driving our community at Clay Center Presbyterian Manor.

During the 1960s, First Presbyterian Church members petitioned the Presbyterian Synod and Foundation to build a Presbyterian Manor in Clay Center due to an increased need for seniors in the community.
Rev. Bill Tillman, a long-time member of the state Presbyterian foundation board, is credited with inspiring the creation of Clay Center Presbyterian Manor. George Fullington and Jim Hammel provided the first money for the project during a conversation over a cup of coffee at the old Sunflower Café.
Mrs. Ethel (George) Kreeck donated land to the project at the site of the former high school. In 1964, a planning committee of 12 members began holding meetings. Crews broke ground on May 7, 1967, to begin construction of a 40-bed health care center. After more than one year of construction, Clay Center Presbyterian Manor was dedicated on June 29, 1968. By October 29, 28 residents called Clay Center Presbyterian Manor home.
In 1984, the building underwent extensive remodeling and construction to turn the community into 30 assisted living/independent living residences and a 25-bed Medicare-certified health care center. The community added six independent living duplexes to the campus fifteen years later in 1999. In addition to the duplexes, the community installed the Oberg Memorial Garden for residents to enjoy an outdoor space.

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