Spend a day with Kendal at Oberlin residents or Kendal at Home members, and you’ll see older adults leading activities, enjoying fellowship, and encouraging each other to grow and learn. You’ll see Kendal’s values in action: Caring for all people, and treating them as equals.
Administration is sometimes viewed as an impersonal function, as the cogs that merely turn an organization, but the Bible defines it as an important spiritual gift. Its purpose is to “steer the body toward the accomplishment of God-given goals and directives by planning, organizing, and supervising others” (1 Cor. 12:28.)
Strong administration is the backbone of any organization. Kendal Northern Ohio’s administration is highly personal, founded on the principles of the Religious Society of Friends, or Quakers. Quakers believe in the equality of all people, peace, simplicity, integrity, and community, through which our lives are enhanced by sharing with and caring for others. These beliefs touch all aspects of what we do, including our finances and staff relations.
The name of an organization is a window to its core beliefs, and Kendal Northern Ohio’s name is tied to one of its guiding principles: service. The name pays tribute to an English town important in Quaker history and honors the seventeenth-century Kendal Fund, which provided philanthropic support to early Friends who traveled in the ministry.
In the 17th century, the Kendal Fund provided philanthropic support to members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) who traveled as part of the ministry. Today, Quaker traditions and roots run deep in Kendal communities and services for older adults.
The nonprofit Kendal system, which includes Kendal Northern Ohio, is not sponsored financially by any one religious institution or society. Instead, it has its basis in the principles of the Quakers and welcomes those of any religion, race, color, sexual orientation, or socio-economic background as both community residents and as staff members.