Resident Spotlight: Bill and Sarah Housh

By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date September 23, 2020

We are so thankful for our new residents who have put their faith in Kirkwood by the River and moved in during such an uncertain time. Sarah and Bill Housh recently came to Kirkwood from DeRidder, Louisiana where they had been residing for the past 6 years near their eldest daughter. The Housh’s were dealing with damage and power loss from the storms that had been wreaking havoc all over Louisiana so they decided now was the perfect time to move back home to Birmingham.

Sarah and Bill have been married for 56 wonderful years and have 2 daughters and 2 grandchildren who are all scattered across the US. The couple is happy to be back in Alabama and specifically Birmingham where they spent most of their lives and raised their family. Sarah says that her favorite thing about being back in Birmingham is the beautiful weather and the 4 seasons!

The Housh’s are Alabama Football fans and for fun Bill always loved to golf and Sarah is an avid reader and patron of the musical arts. They are excited to participate in Kirkwood’s activities and specifically to attend the concerts that are so often on our monthly calendar. Their favorite things so far about life at Kirkwood are the friendly people they’ve met and the meals being delivered right to their apartment!

We are excited to get to know this wonderful couple and are very happy to have them join the Kirkwood family!


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