We are committed to the highest values of the Christian faith in all of our work and ministry. We minister to the seniors who live here and to their families.
We serve all through love and support for a lifetime
In the late 1950s, the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church commissioned an internal study on the needs of the elderly in South Georgia. The study identified the need for safe, secure housing along with long-term care for the elderly. Magnolia Manor evolved from the South Georgia Methodists’ commitment to establish a ministry to address these needs. That ministry expands across denominations and geographical boundaries, embracing residents from all walks of life.
Kate Witte, a long-time resident of Americus, also believed in the idea of a home for the aging. When she passed away in 1947, she left a bequest of 392 acres specifically designated to provide a home for the elderly. A group of Americus citizens honored her request and formed the Rock of Ages Foundation to operate a home. In 1959, the Rock of Ages Foundation deeded the land to the South Georgia Methodist Home for the Aging, Inc., known from its inception as Magnolia Manor.
Opening its doors in 1963, Magnolia Manor soon became recognized as a leader in retirement living. First, the Retirement Center provided personal care and soon after the Nursing Center provided skilled nursing care. Over the next forty years, additions to the Americus campus included the Martha McDonald Moore Memorial Chapel, fifty Garden Apartments, six Ministerial Cottages, twenty-two Villas, twenty Edgewood Apartments, eight Lake Drive Cottages, the Mattie H. Marshall Alzheimer’s Center, the Thomas O. Marshall Jr. Administration Center within the Pitts Building, the Clarke W. Duncan Wellness Center and a stand-alone laundry to meet the growing needs of the Americus community.
In 1983, Magnolia Manor expanded its ministry from Americus to Macon, Georgia with the addition of 120 one- and two-bedroom apartments for the low-income elderly. In 1996, expansion began in Macon with sixteen villas. Later twenty-four Supportive Housing apartments and a Resident Life Center were added and in the Summer of 2009, another expansion resulted in twenty-four one- and two- bedroom personal care apartments.
Magnolia Manor’s ministry grew over the years with locations in Richmond Hill, Midway, Moultrie, St. Marys, Buena Vista, St. Simons Island, and most recently Columbus, Georgia. Over the last five decades thousands of South Georgians have called Magnolia Manor; Every day the organization’s nine campuses meet the needs of almost 1,500 individuals in the areas of independent living, personal care, assisted living, catered care, skilled nursing care, Alzheimer’s and specialized memory care; Magnolia Manor’s family includes 1,300 employees dedicated to this United Methodist Ministry for Older Adults.
Magnolia Manor’s mission is to offer an environment for older adults who need or desire a quality lifestyle that provides for their social, spiritual, mental, and physical needs in a nurturing and loving Christian atmosphere.
Our heritage is founded in the Methodist church, but our service is ecumenical.
– Stephen L. Vinson, Senior Vice President for Communications
I love taking care of the residents and being a positive influence in their lives! I hope to be at Magnolia Manor a very long time.
As the Senior Chaplain, I see the need to provide opportunities for our residents and staff to live out their spiritual and religious life.
I enjoy making a difference in the residents’ lives by providing fun and stimulating events, whether it be a movie, pizza, or everyone’s favorite – BINGO!
According to the Servant Leadership philosophy, servant leaders lead from the heart and believe their job is to empower others to grow personally, spiritually and professionally.