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Category: Volunteers

A Lifetime as a Nurse

Nina Cole, a dedicated member of the Springmoor Board of Directors

Her mother was a nurse and one of her two daughters is a mental health counselor. A nurse, like her mother, Nina Cole has spent her life taking care of others. Today she serves on the Springmoor Board of Directors offering her knowledge and expertise when it comes to taking care of our community. Springmoor’s independent residents have an on campus doctor and full nursing staff available for any health issues that arise from flu shots, eye exams, blood pressure checks, a seasonal cold or a rehab stay after surgery. The community offers assisted living and skilled nursing as well as memory care and part time home care assistance as needed. Nina’s career has given her a lifetime of nursing experiences that she can bring to the boardroom.

The Student

Born in Mullins, a small town in South Carolina, she watched her mother go off to work at the hospital each day. She said she learned to cook early in her life as her mother was often working during mealtimes. Nina’s family moved to Beaufort, North Carolina while her father was in the service. When it was time for college, she headed to the western part of the state to begin her junior college experience at Mars Hill College. Undecided at first, she soon realized that nursing was the path she would pursue. North Carolina Baptist Hospital School of Nursing in Winston Salem became her home for three years as she completed her degree.

Norton Children’s Hospital, formerly Kosair Children’s Hospital where Nina began her nursing career

The Nurse

Nina and William met during her college nursing days. The two were married and shortly after graduation moved to Louisville, Kentucky while her husband was in the seminary. She was employed at Kosair Children’s Hospital and Jewish Hospital during their time in Kentucky. Then after a short stay in Virginia, they made their way back to North Carolina. Nina’s nursing career began in Raleigh at Raleigh Internal Medicine. Becoming the Director of Nursing and managing the staff, she says, was one of her most rewarding positions. She later moved to Carolina Allergy & Asthma Center where she found new challenges treating a new variety of illnesses and patients of many different ages.

In 1979, Hospice was brought to Wake County with Nina’s leadership

The Volunteer

Nina was also very instrumental in bringing hospice to Wake County. In 1979, Hospice was in its earliest organizational stages across the nation. She became a member for the Board of Directors traveling the state to speak about the benefits and the care they provide to the patients and their families. She continues to be intrigued by the founders and the concept of holistic care they offered. The term “hospice” (from the same linguistic root as “hospitality”) can be traced back to medieval times when it referred to a place of shelter and rest for weary or ill travelers on a long journey. Today the organization is known as Transitions LifeCare and is one of the larger hospice organizations across the country. They now serve Durham, Franklin, Harnett, Johnston, eastern Chatham and Wake Counties, as well as Chapel Hill and Carrboro.

During these nursing years, she also raised their two daughters. She helped with the PTA in their schools and volunteered her services at The Red Cross and The Open Door Clinic throughout their younger years. Wherever she could lend a hand and offer her expertise, she was quick to sign up to help.

As a volunteer, Nina has assisted at the Open Door Clinic

As a volunteer at the Open Door Clinic, she, along with many other volunteer doctors, nurses, and clerical assistants offer their time to help those in Wake County that have no access to health insurance. As part of Urban Ministries, the organization remains as the only free and charitable clinic in Wake County with a fully licensed pharmacy. The Food Pantry and men’s and women’s homeless shelters are also part of the agency.

The Grandmother

When she is not nursing, she sings in her active church choir and serves on several committees, her favorite being the church’s media team. She loves to read and says working in the church’s library is great fun. She helps purchase books as well as catalog and shelve those that are donated. Nina also enjoys spending time with her five grandchildren. “Grammy” (as she is called) and her 13 year-old granddaughter are often found at the mall. “What 13 year-old doesn’t want to go to the mall?” she asks. Continue reading →

A Path With Many Turns

Ernest Carraway, a member of the Springmoor Board of Directors

The Springmoor Board of Directors includes a dedicated group of volunteers with a variety of careers. This week we introduce you to Ernest Carraway, a Real Estate Attorney, CPA and NCSU lecturer.

The path to the classroom and the courtroom was never expected. Ernest Carraway grew up in Greenville, NC, located in the eastern part of the state. After high school he moved to Chapel Hill to pursue an undergraduate degree at UNC in math. He was unsure where this path would lead him but knew his love for numbers was a great place to start.

The Mathematical Path

After four or five classes in calculus, he remembers taking a class in economics that peaked his interest. He is not sure now if it was the subject or the professor but his path made a twist from math to economics. As he approached his final exams in December of his senior year, he began to wonder where he was going with an economics degree. Off to graduate school, a job in a business field or law school perhaps? The LSAT (Law School Admission Test) was scheduled on campus the very next week so he quickly signed up for the exam.

Ernest and Teresa Carraway

The Law School Path

He received his scores within a few weeks and then applied immediately to UNC School of Law for the following fall semester. He was accepted. The path had twisted again. Upon graduation from law school three years later, he still wasn’t sure the type of law he wanted to practice so he returned to Greenville where a couple of opportunities awaited him.

Describing himself as a shy and quiet student, he was surprised when a family friend, Dr. James Bearden, Dean of the East Carolina University’s College of Business, approached him about a teaching position. Could he stand up in front of a classroom of students that were not much younger than him? Could he teach business law? Would he enjoy the classroom as much as the courtroom?

There was also a local law firm where he had worked during summers of law school that offered the chance to gain a variety of legal experience from the criminal cases in the courtroom to real estate closings.

Ernest with his NCSU Study Abroad Class in Germany

The Path to the Classroom

He became a part-time instructor at ECU while he was also practicing law. A dual career had begun! As a lecturer, the State of North Carolina offers the staff free enrollment in classes on campus. So Ernest signed up for an accounting class and then another and another. He wasn’t really thinking about another degree but realized that with the classes he had been taking, a CPA certification would be easy to pursue and probably help with his real estate and tax law interests. So once again, the path had twisted and he began to double up on his courses and to take some during the summer semester in order to sit for the CPA exam which he passed in May, 1982.

The Accounting Path

From his math beginnings to a law school degree, he now found himself applying for jobs with accounting firms and landed in Raleigh. He was hired to work for Touche Ross as a CPA but the classroom kept calling him back. His passion for the students and teaching was something he never expected but knew he wanted to continue to pursue.

Only a few years after his arrival in Raleigh, he began a part-time teaching position at North Carolina State University which soon turned into a full-time position as a lecturer. He returned to practicing real estate law which would not interfere with his teaching schedule. This dual career would continue for many years ahead.

Ernest’s favorite spot to kayak on the river

The Boardroom

The call to join Springmoor’s Board of Directors came after meeting the Ammons family at Greystone Baptist Church. With his real estate and tax law knowledge, he was a perfect fit for the investment committee and the Springmoor Endowment Fund Board of Directors. He was asked to serve on the board of SpringShire, an Ammons property under development in Greenville, NC. Serving on these boards and committees has been an education for him too. He feels lucky to have joined such a dedicated group of people. He says he has learned more from them than he could ever give back. The quality of people and the responsibility that the directors offer is a gift to each community. He looks forward to serving for many years ahead.

The Carraway Family

The Path Ahead

He and his wife, Teresa, hope to retire “sooner rather than later,” he says with a laugh. Their two children, Ford and Maggie, have graduated from college and are forging their own paths in the career world.

A path with many forks, Ernest’s career has given him a unique niche in the classroom, the boardroom and the courtroom. He looks forward to soon enjoying a little more time on the Pamlico River in his kayak, a good book or a long bike ride. A devoted UNC sports fan and an avid runner, he has a long list of things to do. For now, he enjoys his accounting students with the one-on-one time in the classroom being his favorite part of teaching. He has had the opportunity to teach a study-abroad course in Germany. He is learning new technology to keep up with the increasing demand for online classes. He offers these video presentations for those who might miss a class but he believes it’s always better to spend time face to face. Continue reading →

Rise AGAINST HUNGER: By The Numbers

Our RISE AGAINST HUNGER was a huge success this year! Thank you to the many volunteers that gave their time and talents to make it such a wonderful day.

How many meals were packaged during our Rise event on Tuesday?

51,192 meals were packaged

How long did it take to package the meals?

Less than 6 Hours (record time!) and lots of dedicated volunteers

What was the total donated to purchase the meals?

$29,400 was donated to cover our 50,000-meal event plus enough to help Rise host another 51,372-meal upcoming event.

How many people participated today?

150+ Springmoor Residents and Staff volunteered for the event

How many students came to help?

28 Middle School Students (6th – 8th Grade) and 4 Teachers from The Montessori School of Raleigh came to help. They are students of a former Springmoor employee who loves to participate.

How many Fire Fighters came to help?

5 City of Raleigh Firemen helped haul the boxes and bags to refill the buckets with the dehydrated meal ingredients – rice, soy, vegetables, and 23 essential vitamins and minerals.

How many families came to help?

This was the big story of the day! We were thrilled to have the Residents invite their family members come and help package meals.

Libby Woods brought her son Paul.

Betty Duke was joined by her son Kent.

DG Harwood and his two daughters, Sheron and Lynn helped package meals.

Robin Wright brought her whole family plus a few extras – Scott, Spencer, Stephanie and two of their friends!

Edna Hicks was joined by her daughter, Lauren, and a friend.

Robin Hardison brought her daughter, Chadisey.

Jim and Shirley Overcash were joined by their daughter, Donna.

Kelli Sullivan’s husband, Joe came to help unload the truck.

How many years has Springmoor been doing this event?

This was our 7th year hosting a meal-packing event.

How many total meals has Springmoor packed during these events?

The Springmoor community has now packaged over 300,000 meals

RISE numbers Continue reading →

Building It To Look Like Home

Bruce Ballard, President of the Springmoor Board of Directors

An all-volunteer team of dedicated leaders guides the Springmoor Board of Directors. Their life experiences and expertise have helped build a community for many residents over the past three decades. Bruce Ballard, the current President of the Springmoor Board of Directors, was on the job site when the first shovels were breaking ground on the corner of Sawmill and Creedmoor. He and his store employees were here quite often as the walls of Springmoor were being built.

Home Builders

Bruce began working at Lowe’s when he was in high school. Raised in Weaverville, a small town west of Asheville, his first summer job was at the Lowe’s Home Improvement store located near the Biltmore House. He attended Asheville-Biltmore College now known at The University of North Carolina at Asheville. With his summer job experience and a college degree in business, he knew that the building industry is what sparked his career interest. With a move to Wilson, North Carolina to become a Lowe’s store manager, he and his wife, Sue, began their early careers. The two met in the first grade and were married in their senior year of college. Now with two children and a grandson, they have made Raleigh home for many years.

Bruce and Sue with their daughter, Susan and her husband and son, Mark and Dylan

Store Manager

Bruce managed the Downtown Boulevard Lowe’s store when he first met the Springmoor team. The Springmoor blue prints were complete and the next step was to purchase the building materials, the appliances and the interior finishes. Making Springmoor look like a home was the most important part of the equation when choosing all of the doors, windows, cabinets and trims. A commercial building has to have fire doors unlike a home you would build for yourself, but the owners were adamant that Springmoor have the look and feel of the home they were leaving and moving to in their retirement years.

Celebrating Grandparent’s Day at Dylan’s school

The Details

Finding the six panel commercial doors meant the Bruce had to place a special order for this new style. He remembers requesting the peepholes also be placed lower than normal for these custom-made doors. The trim on the exterior of the buildings had to have a similar look to a residential home too. Placing orders for kitchen cabinets and appliances all came through Bruce’s store too. The orders were large and the home building vendors were more than happy to help as each new alcove, apartment, villa and house became individual homes for over 500 residents.

The desert tan roofing color was used to cover everything, including the gazebo

The roof of the buildings was impressive from the ground as well as from above. The desert tan color and style was featured in many builders’ magazines as the largest expanse of a single color for the roofing vendor. While most of their products went to homebuilders building individual homes, the Springmoor site was using it to finish every home and building on the campus. “It was impressive,” Bruce said.

As he looks around at the buildings now, he remembers discussing so many of the interior details. The 24” stoves were also custom-made for Springmoor. The small 24” apartment style stoves with only three-burners were not what a resident was going to be accustomed to using so Bruce was tasked with finding a vendor to produce a 24” four-burner stove. The Douglas fir doors and the custom stained cabinetry were all part of what made Springmoor unique.

Building with his grandson and Magna-Tiles

The Next Phase

Bruce now leads the Springmoor Board of Directors. The visions the team had in the earliest days continue to evolve as we add larger stoves, built-in microwaves, custom quartz countertops and a host of other amenities. Retired as a regional vice president of Lowe’s Companies Inc., Bruce now fills his time building homes with his ten-year old grandson. “He loves Magna-Tiles and can build just about anything with these.” He is fascinated with his grandson’s skills and his creativity.

Bruce and his wife, Sue, are active in their church, both leading and participating in numerous committees. No surprise, Bruce is on the buildings and grounds committee as well as the finance committee. He finds time for a few rounds of golf each week too. The best part of retirement is working on his golf game! The friends he has known and competed with for years as well as being outside are what make it such a great game to play.

The Springmoor vision began years ago when the Sawmill and Creedmoor corner was only a forty-two acre plot of land filled with trees. The beautiful campus it has now become is a success because of the attention to detail. From the custom doors to the extra millwork, Bruce Ballard helped build a community that he now leads into the next phase with a team of dedicated Springmoor Board of Directors. Continue reading →

Natural Beauty captured with Colored Pencils

Linda Jones, Springmoor resident and colored pencil artist

With a point and shoot camera and her colored pencils, Linda Jones is ready to start a new piece of art. She takes her camera on most of her outings. Sometimes she is on a mission to find new subjects to paint. Other times, she is out and about and sees something she thinks would make a beautiful piece. Planned and unplanned, she never knows where she will find her next subject.

Linda’s point and shoot

The Camera

Linda’s pieces are taken from snapshots of nature. She has found her subject matter in the backyard of her home, on walks in her North Raleigh neighborhood, at the beach and in the barnyard. She takes her camera on all of her vacation excursions too. She recently finished a piece from the shores of the Pacific Northwest.

As a child, Linda loved to draw. Growing up outside a small town in Cabarrus County, she never had any formal art training. It wasn’t until after college and living in Richmond that she took her first oil painting class. She and Putney, her husband, moved to Raleigh from Richmond twenty-five years ago. Their daughter was a freshman at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. It was only ten years ago that she discovered the Sertoma Arts Center and began taking classes again. She had tried her hand at watercolors but realized this was not her favorite medium. At a North Carolina Botanical Garden class in Chapel Hill, she discovered colored pencils, which has now become the medium she continues to develop.

The photograph and the drawing

The Photograph

Everything that she draws comes from her own photographs. She takes lots of photographs and, with the computer at a nearby printing service center, she finds the best angle, zooms in to the perfect size and crops the photograph to use for her working sketch. Linda usually works on one piece at a time, sitting on her cozy living room couch with her drawing board in her lap. During her busy selling season, you may find her doing multiple small pieces all at the same time. She says some of these peak her interest for a while and then she is ready to move on to another one. Going back and forth between landscapes, animals and florals keeps her mind energized and the creativity flowing.

The Pacific Northwest, taken from a photograph painting on one of the Jones’ vacations

The Exhibits

This summer Linda had a solo show at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. She has also exhibited with the Colored Pencil Society of America in three North Carolina Aquariums and the art centers in Apex and Cary. The North Carolina State Fair has been one of her favorite places to show her work. Winning a blue ribbon – Best North Carolina Agricultural Scene – in 2014 for her Sir Galloway and in 2016 for her Tennessee Fainting Goat paintings. Both awards were very exciting! She participates in several art shows during the year to sell her work. The holiday Boylan Heights Artwalk and the spring Front Porch Artwalk in downtown Raleigh are well known for their artists and craftsmen exhibiting glasswork, jewelry, paintings and ceramics. Linda works on a few small pieces for these shows. She also sells her larger works and her printed notecards.

Autumn Leaves from Linda’s Raleigh neighborhood

The Volunteer

Majoring in education and library science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Linda has found a place at Springmoor to use her other talents too. She has become the buyer for our library. Several other resident volunteers have been gradually pulling older editions off the shelves making room for her new selections. Donations and an annual budget help keep the circulations current. An avid reader, she says she puts North Carolina author, Lee Smith, at the top of her favorite’s list. Springmoor’s new Meraki Arts Studio is also providing her with a few new creative mediums to explore. She has never done any ceramics but looks forward to a taking a few classes next spring. Linda was our featured artist in the studio during the month of November.

The Meraki Arts Studio at Springmoor with featured artist, Linda Jones

The Artist

Asked about her style, Linda says, “The focus of my art is the extraordinary beauty I see in nature, whether in a plant, animal or landscape. My hope is that the viewer will be inspired by the wonders found in everyday nature and will be more conscious of the importance of preserving our planet.” We are happy that Linda and Putney Jones have made Springmoor their new home and look forward to seeing nature through Linda’s eyes on the walls of our studio and in the galleries and shows around Raleigh. Continue reading →

Welcome to Springmoor

Welcome to Springmoor!

We all remember the first day of school. Your stomach was filled with butterflies. You didn’t know what to do, where to go or who to talk to. Everyone has been through this day. We have all experienced these feelings throughout our lives as we enrolled at a new school, moved to a new city or started a new job. And because we have all been there, the Springmoor Welcome Committee springs into action as soon as you arrive to help guide you through the first day jitters.

The Welcome Committee

The Welcome Committee is a wonderful group of resident volunteers that know their way around Springmoor. They can help answer questions and point you in the right direction. With a large campus, there are lots of volunteers ready to help. Led by North Village Chair Sue Pauli and South Village Chair Goldie Campbell, the group plans ways to help new residents get involved and meet new friends.

The Bistro menu for casual dining


A week or two before your move-in, you will go through an orientation with a member of the marketing team. The spiral bound newcomer’s book is great to browse through for answering questions and reminding you of who’s who and what time places are open. The Welcome Committee has designed a few additional small handouts that can help answer quick questions after you arrive. A small card that can be stuck in your pocket will give you instructions for take-out meals and dining hours. A second card gives you a member’s name on the committee to call for questions. The Garden Grill or Bistro menu is added so that you have a chance to look over the options before you arrive to place your order.

The First Day

The first day is usually filled with tons of boxes and lots of extra hands. Family members are here to help unpack. The moving crew is putting your furniture back together. A new face or two will appear at your door to welcome you to Springmoor. The Welcome Committee will stop by, maybe only for a minute, just to say hello. They will give you directions on where to eat and what time the dining rooms are open. They can answer any move-in day questions and help find your storage unit.

The Meraki Arts Studio

The Second Day

Day two may still be a whirlwind as you search for items in new drawers and cabinets. Peg Bedini, the Residents’ Association President, and Sue will call or drop by to say hello. They will invite you to join them for dinner, usually on a Wednesday night, with other new residents or simply by yourself. They both find that one-on-one time can be helpful in getting to know you and answering your personal questions. During your conversations, they begin to think about other residents that have similar interests that you would enjoy meeting. Are you creative? Would you enjoy the new Meraki Arts Studio? Would you prefer putting on the Springmoor Green? Is fitness more your style? Are you familiar with Raleigh and the North Carolina Symphony? All these questions help guide them towards other residents to call for the next lunch or dinner get-together.

The Resident’s Gardens are filled with tomatoes, squash, peppers and of course, a few bunnies too

The Volunteers

Each part of the community has committee members. If you are living at the end of the cul-de-sac filled with houses, you will have neighbors on the committee that can help answer things about recycling day or trash pick-up. If you are in South Village, the members can help with directions to the movie theatre or provide a Wellness Center list of exercise classes. The North Village committee members will certainly help with directions and elevators. Springmoor’s lush landscaping is a result of building into the natural grading of the land. Elevators from one building do not always connect you to the floor you are trying to find. The Welcome Committee will walk you through the buildings and familiarize you with each floor and set of elevators. They will take you to the Stewart Health Center Clinic to introduce you to the medical staff. Meeting them before you need them makes it so much easier for everyone.

Pathways is filled with activities to help you get involved and meet new friends

The Neighbors

There will be neighbors that drop by throughout the first week with homemade muffins, cookies or cheese straws. They have all been in your first-day, first-week shoes and know that having a friend makes everything easier in a new environment. There is a Residents’ Association meeting once a month (with the exception of July, August and December). It is part business, part social and always features a wonderful guest speaker. Peg will call to be sure that you know about the meeting and how to find the auditorium. She will introduce you to everyone and officially welcome you to Springmoor. Continue reading →