Kirkwood by the River 40th Anniversary Fundraiser!

By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date February 11, 2020

In 1980, Kirkwood by the River opened its doors for the first time and today, in 2020, we are 40 years old! This year marks 40 years of caring for your families and friends. 40 years of building community relationships and supporting our Birmingham area partners. 40 years of incredible staff and families who have made this community a home for so many. We are grateful to God for the time we have had and pray for 40 more years to love, serve and and care for the people who walk through our doors.

To celebrate this milestone and raise funds for our upcoming community renovation, we are planning a party and the webpage is officially LIVE! Head over to to learn all about the event, our renovation,  and how you can support us in this exciting new chapter! We are so grateful to Stewart/Perry for being our Title Sponsor for the event. We know that we could not do what we do to serve the community without generous supporters like you!


Save the Date: Our 40th Anniversary Fundraising Event will be Thursday, May 14th, 2020 at Barbers Vintage Motorsports Museum! We can’t wait to see you there!


The Residents

Our residents come from different backgrounds and bring their unique qualities, talents, and life experiences to complete the Kirkwood community. Here are just a few reflections from some individuals who call Kirkwood their home.

My husband and I looked at a number of places when deciding to move to a retirement community. For the most part, we found communities that said, ‘We’re going to take care of you.’ But Kirkwood was different. It wasn’t just about taking care of us. It was also about having fun, having friends, and living life to the fullest. The attitude at Kirkwood was positive and the atmosphere was comforting. We simply couldn’t resist. Without a doubt, the location was ideal. The Cahaba Room that overlooks the river, the mountains, the trails – there were just so many things about life. The community was lively. It was alive.

Alice Brooks Current Resident

My only regret is that I didn’t move here sooner with my late husband. We would have loved living here together. It would have been perfect for us to travel without the responsibilities of a home.

Nell Mehaffey Current Resident

We were moving my parents down from the Cleveland area to be near us. I looked at almost every retirement place in the Birmingham area. The second I turned into Kirkwood’s drive and drove up the hill, I knew that I’d found the perfect place for my parents to live in Alabama. In the six years that my parents have been at Kirkwood, I have always felt nothing but love and helpfulness from every staff member. Everyone is always helpful with a pleasant attitude. You can truly see and feel the family atmosphere. I’m happy that my parents can call Kirkwood their home.

Brenda Sheehan Kirkwood family member

One thing that we feel is very important here at Kirkwood by the River is the relationship that we have between the staff and the residents. They are dedicated to making our life here as safe and secure and pleasurable as possible. That goes a long way.

Fred Rogers Current Resident

We love that Kirkwood isn’t only church affiliated, but faith is a very prominent, important part of the community. To us, there just couldn’t be a better place.

Bob Tate Current Resident

If you asked me, I would say it gets better every year!

Robbie Sevier Former Resident of 37 Years

We’re a family. We really are a family.

Bet Kesmodel Current Resident