TYPE OF FUND: Agency Endowed DATE ESTABLISHED: Initiated October 2009; Approved Jan. 2010
PURPOSE: To provide perpetual funding for the Cortland Acres Association, a 501(c)3 non profit organization currently located in Thomas, WV.
DISTRIBUTION: Upon request by the Cortland Acres Association and approval by the full Board of Directors of TCF. All distributions are to the Cortland Acres Association.
VARIANCE POWER: If, in the judgment of the TCF Board of Directors, the restrictions and conditions of the fund become unnecessary, incapable of fulfillment or inconsistent with the charitable needs of the community, the TCF Board of Directors maintains the right to modify the terms of this fund.
FUNDING: Initial funding of $2,000 to establish the fund was donated by the Cortland Acres Association with additional funding coming from them and donations from the general public.
BACKGROUND: As early as the 1960’s, the concept or dream of an organization in Tucker County to provide care for the elderly was envisioned. Possibly the first vocal advocate was Margaret Butcher. It wasn’t until 1974 when that dream approached reality when the first board of directors was appointed to address the basic goals, financing and logistics.
Construction on the nursing home was begun in 1977 and completed that December. In May 1978 the first residents were admitted and on October 22, 1978 the formal dedication was held.
Many faithful servants worked on the project. The first board was Margaret Butcher, Wallace Bennett, Dr. Samuel Bucher, Hazel Cosner, Ed Dumas, John Mauzy, Father Charles Teufel, Robert Raese, Richard Armstrong, Carmen DiBacco, Roscoe Beall, Donald Roth, J. Patrick Nichols, Howard Barb, and Robert Minear. At that time the Tucker County Commission and Building Commission members including Junior Knotts, Jim Propst, Earnest Colabrese, Fred Butcher, Louise Miller, and Roy Helmick. These persons were also were instrumental in the development.
In 1985 the Pineview Apartments were added and almost fifteen years ago The Pines, a method of providing all inclusive housing was initiated.
Over the years, under the guidance of the Board of Directors, the growth has included the development of the nursing/rehabilitation operations, but the EMS building, storage facilities, over three acres of paved roads and parking lots, the nursing home having all new heating and air conditioning facilities and on and on.
In addition to the medical and housing services provided, the next most important is that Cortland provides employment for over 140 employees.
This brief summary only touches the depth of services. The founders have touched and reached the heart of Tucker County.