The Irondale Commercial Development Authority (CDA) hosted a special luncheon to honor Kirkwood By The River with their August 2017 – Business of the Month Award. Each month, the Irondale CDA’s Business of the Month award is presented to an Irondale business that exemplifies; overall industry excellence and a commitment to Irondale community development.
Kirkwood By The River first opened its doors on an early Spring day in 1980 when the first resident, Ms. Francis Cannon moved in. However the inspiration of Kirkwood had begun nearly 30 years earlier and took many people, including ministers, corporate leaders, architects and whole congregations to bring to reality.
In 1965, over 95% of Presbyterian congregations put housing and care for the elderly as a top priority, resulting in a Ministries for The Elderly being created. They first proposed an apartment facility for the elderly on church property, but as funding and a more appropriate site were pursued, there was a growing feeling among the members that their original vision of housing without care and support services would not be adequate.
They subsequently approved a concept for a facility that provides complete lifetime care which still defines Kirkwood today. On November 15, 1975, the Presbyterian Retirement Homes of Birmingham was incorporated, with the congregation accepting their recommendation for a continuing care community and Kirkwood by the River was launched.
According to Terrence Scott Irondale CDA – Vice Chairman,”We are thankful to have Kirkwood By The River as a corporate and community partner in Irondale. They exemplify everything that makes Irondale a city that is truly on the MOVE.